Universität Wien FIND

030441 KU Rethinking modern international law (2021W)

3.00 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. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 18.10. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 25.10. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 08.11. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 15.11. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 22.11. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 29.11. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 06.12. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 13.12. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 10.01. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital
Monday 17.01. 13:30 - 15:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Globalisation has paradoxically both established international law as the shared law governing states all around the world and triggered a growing skepticism about its universality and legitimacy. The assigned historical and legal critical readings will focus on various ways to think about international law. The course will thus question the historical foundations of international law embedded within the development of globalisation and colonialism and it will give voice to neglected actors of international law, such as women or the so-called third world countries. 

The course aims to provide students with analytical methods to distinguish global governance from international law and with comprehensive tools to critically and autonomously address the main issues and debates in the history of international law within the frame of a reversed classroom by the end of the term.

Assessment and permitted materials

An oral presentation/opposition, a written exam during the term and a short final reflection paper on the base of the reading sessions.
ERASMUS-Students can write the final paper in English, German, or French.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Interactive debates are at the heart of this course: A regular active participation in the discussions especially on the texts is expected.

Examination topics

The assessment is based on the average mark of the three examinations. It can be improved by active participation in the discussions.

Reading list

A reader will be available on Moodle

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:13