Universität Wien FIND

030585 KU Law and Economics of Public 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. 56 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Digital Presence on 12 October 2021 is mandatory to participate in the course (including for students on the waiting list)

Tuesday 12.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 16:30 - 18:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will discuss law and economics approaches to public international law. The focus is on insights garnered by applying the economics toolkit to legal issues, rather than doctrinal analysis. Legal rules will only be the starting point of our inquiry. We will ask about the effects of current and potential rules as well as the reason for the existence of these rules. Rather than studying economics, we will apply (micro-)economic methods, which are not limited to issues of the (international) economy. We will cover a wide range of topics – from the sources of public international law to the use of force and international environmental law.

Assessment and permitted materials

• Class Participation: 40%.

Seminars will be interactive. Participants are expected to discuss assigned readings during class. Class participation counts for 40 percent of the final grade.

• 2 Reflection Papers: 60%
To stimulate discussion, participants will write two response papers related to two seminars of their choice over the course of the semester. A response paper can consist of any or all of critique, summary, elaboration, expressions of disagreement or puzzlement, suggestions for further inquiry, and so on – as long as it is directed to the readings for the seminar concerned.

Response papers should be 1000-1200 words long and need to be uploaded via Moodle 48 hours prior to the relevant seminar. They need to include the participant’s name, email address and word count.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

A basic international law course is helpful, but not required.

Examination topics

Topics addressed in the assigned readings and in the seminars.

Reading list

Main text
Eric A. Posner and Alan O. Sykes, Economic foundations of international law (Harvard University Press 2013)

Association in the course directory

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