Universität Wien

030084 SE Seminar in International Law (2019S)

for undergraduate and graduate students

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

28.3.2019 von 17 bis 18.30 Uhr: Gastvorträge zu Seminarthemen (Prof. Steven Freeland, Sydney; Ms. Donna Lawler, Sydney)

Freitag, 17.5.2019, 9.30 bis 17.30 Uhr, Sophienalpe, 1170 Wien und
Freitag, 24.5.2019, 9.30 bis 17.30 Uhr, Sophienalpe, 1170 Wien.

Wednesday 13.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum SEM42 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 28.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this seminar is to facilitate a deeper understanding of some special areas of public international law. In addition, the application of legal research methods will be practiced. In several rounds of feedback, the seminar papers will continuously be improved.
In terms of content, this summer semester will focus on international space law, the law of diplomatic and consular relations and the law of international organizations. The common umbrella represents the year 1979 which is significant for these areas of international law. Forty years ago, the Moon Agreement, the last of the five UN Space Treaties, was signed, the Islamic Revolution in Iran challenged generally accepted principles of diplomatic immunities and privileges, and Vienna became the third seat of the United Nations. In preparation for the topics a number of guest lectures will be offered. The lecture by Professor Steven Freeland (University of Western Sydney) on the subject of the Moon Agreement is already fixed for 28 March 2019. Another guest lecture on the United Nations in Vienna is scheduled for May.
In case of questions, please contact teaching assistant Ms. Stud.-Ass. Carla Szyszkowitz (carla.szyszkowitz@univie.ac).

Assessment and permitted materials

Written seminar paper, oral presentation of the seminar paper, active participation in class.
Permitted materials include literature available in the library and internet resources. For the presentation, MS Power Point, Prezi or a similar programme should be used.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In order to be accepted in this seminar, students must already have completed at least one course in public international law (exercise, lecture, repetitorium, Moot Court, etc.) or from the basket of electives 'Law of International Relations'. In case of a great demand, candidates which have already passed the oral exam on public international law will be accepted on a priority basis.

Examination topics

The topics of the seminar papers and the presentations will be decided in the first meeting.

Reading list

Depending on the selected topic, respective literature will be recommended.

Association in the course directory

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