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030276 KO International Law & Development (2020S)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 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. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 23.03. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Tuesday 24.03. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Wednesday 25.03. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Thursday 26.03. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Friday 27.03. 17:00 - 20:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Saturday 28.03. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course introduces students to the relationship between international law and ‘development’.
The title of the course hints at its broad scope which does not solely focus on the so-called ‘international law of development’ or ‘international development law’, but aims at a more holistic approach that includes interlinkages with other fields of international law (e.g. human rights, international institutions, international economic law) and other social sciences (e.g. development economics).

After taking this course, students should understand the legal, philosophical and economic foundations and the institutional architecture of international law & development. Yet, the main contribution to students’ training and education is to equip them with the necessary insights to comprehend the role international law plays in the problems and failures of the current framework of development.

This course is designated as a ‘KO’ (‘Konversatorium’, closer to a colloquium than a ‘KU’). In other words, it will follow the Socratic method and will thus rely heavily on student participation and informed discussions, as opposed to mere lectures by the instructors.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of class participation and six short reflection papers.

Each reflection paper must respond to one of the articles assigned for the course and must be handed in before the beginning of class. Each of the reflection pieces should not exceed half a page, roughly 200 words.

Students can reach a maximum score of 40 points for their participation and 60 points for the reflection pieces (10 each). Thus, the total maximum score of the course is 100 points for all elements combined. Students must hand in at least three reflection pieces and must reach at least 50 points in order to pass the course.

Due to the particular focus on class participation and cooperative learning, students are expected to do the assigned readings before each class.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

There are no prerequisites for this course.

A basic understanding of public international law and/or development (legal, philosophical, or economic aspects) would certainly be an asset. However, the first session on 23 March will serve as a crash course for anyone who has no prior knowledge of these subjects.

Furthermore, doing the readings will be essential to gain as much as possible from this course, with or without prior knowledge.

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:19