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030119 SE Advanced Research Seminar: Responsibility in International Law (2016W)

for undergraduate and graduate students

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

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max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 10.10. 17:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG (Kickoff Class)
Monday 14.11. 17:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Saturday 21.01. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will address the general principles governing responsibility in international law and international and domestic remedies. The course will be divided into three parts:
I. State responsibility, II. Responsibility of international organizations, and III. Individual responsibility. Consideration will be given to (1) the concept and nature of State responsibility; (2) the elements of State responsibility; (3) standing (the injured State); (4) the concept of international crimes; (5) the remedies available to the injured State; (6) the position of the individual; (7) the responsibility of international organizations in internal and external relations; (8) the enforcement of State responsibility by the injured State and injured individuals; (9) the enforcement of individual responsibility at the international and domestic level; (10) the enforcement of responsibility incurred by international organizations by the injured State and injured individuals. Special attention will be given to the ILC Draft Articles on State Responsibility and recent developments, including international responsibility for terrorist acts.
The seminar will be structured around the specific research interests of the researchers who enrol for the seminar. The topics to be discussed are thus flexible, although an effort will be made to find themes of interest to many of the participants rather than focusing on highly specialised issues. A large part of the seminar will revolve around presentations of work in progress by researchers. Participants will be expected to read and comment upon that work. There will also be an opportunity to bring in one or more visitors who might be of interest to the participants. The syllabus and the meeting times will be fixed after consultation with interested students.

Assessment and permitted materials

Quality of research paper and oral presentation, oral contributions in mini-groups and discussion during the final session

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

On completion of the seminar, students should understand the concept and nature of international responsibility, the secondary rights and obligations arising in the event of an internationally wrongful act, and the remedies available to enforce international responsibility.

Examination topics

Legal research on a subject in the field of international responsibility, discussion of the subject in mini-groups, submission of a research paper at the end of the term, oral presentation and defense of the research paper during the final session.

Reading list

The syllabus and the meeting times will be fixed after consultation with interested students.

Association in the course directory

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