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030514 KU Principles of Procedure in Public International Law (2021S)

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. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Note: Registration for this course is still possible, you may register with the lecturer via email.
The course will be conducted through digital live sessions (Zoom). Only the last session may be pre-recorded (not live but available for later viewing).

Thursday 25.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims at providing a comprehensive and practice-related understanding of the procedural aspects of international dispute settlement. After a short introduction into the sources of procedural law in international adjudication, the course will focus on procedural principles and rules applied throughout international courts and tribunals by taking a practice-related approach.

Each course section will involve a discussion theme that revolves around real case examples showcasing the application and impact of the discussed procedural rule/principle in practice. The discussion part allows students to give their views on the cases, the procedural rules and explore alternative outcomes based on different lines of argumentation in the case. The course will thereby demonstrate that procedural rules and principles matter greatly in international dispute settlement and regularly form an important part of international litigation tactics.

Topics covered include:
- jurisdiction and admissibility;
- the standards applicable in different types of proceedings (contentious, advisory, incidental proceedings);
- evidence and fact-finding (forged or leaked evidence, use of experts before international courts and tribunals);
- the composition of courts and tribunals (judges, independence and impartiality, elections, diversity);
- decision-making at courts and tribunals;
- other procedural matters related to the functioning of international courts and tribunals.

Assessment and permitted materials

Class Participation – 40 %
Final Exam (Multiple Choice) – 60 %

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The final grade will be calculated based on exam grade and class participation grade. To pass the course, students must reach a minimum of 50% of all points available for the course. A detailed point-based grading system will be communicated to the students in the Syllabus.

Examination topics

Mandatory readings (court judgments provided on Moodle) and topics covered in class will provide the basis for the exam.

Reading list

Detailed syllabus and readings will be announced and uploaded on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: We 21.04.2021 11:25