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030655 KU Principles and methods of Private International Law (2022W)

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: French


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 10 October 09:00-12:00
What is Private International Law? How is it made? What are its objectives? How “private” and “international” is it?

Tuesday 11 October 12:00-15:00
International Jurisdiction: how to determine whether a tribunal can hear an “international” claim?
National rules and European rules
Two key Regulations within the EU: the Brussels I Regulation recast and the Brussels II b Regulation recast

Wednesday 12 October 09:00-12:00
International Jurisdiction: how to deal with parallel proceedings?

Monday 12 December 09:00-12:00
Applicable law: how to determine which law applies to a private relationship with foreign elements? Different possible approaches
Introduction to the Rome I and Rome II Regulation

Tuesday 13 December 12:00-15:00
Applicable law: mandatory rules and public policy

Wednesday 14 December 09:00-12:00
Recognition and Execution of foreign judgments: national and European approaches

  • Monday 10.10. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM62 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
  • Tuesday 11.10. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM62 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
  • Wednesday 12.10. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
  • Monday 12.12. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
  • Tuesday 13.12. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG
  • Wednesday 14.12. 09:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The class will enable students to understand the legal challenges as well as the legal risks of private relationship with a foreign element, which can be the foreign domicile of one party to a contract, the foreign nationality of one of the spouses, the fact that an incident between two Austrians took place abroad… Each class will be dedicated to the study of one legal challenge, its solution in EU law and in other legal systems, through the analysis of judicial cases and fictious case study.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in class (50%) and final test (MQC) (50%). No documentation will be allowed for the MQC.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students should know the basic functioning of EU Law. No prior knowledge of private international law is required. Basic notions of public international law can be useful, but not mandatory. This course is aimed at students with a special interest in international legal relations, who intend to pursue a career in international law firms.

Examination topics

Reading list

Preparatory documents and other information about the course will be available on the moodle platform.
In the meantime, students may read this short contribution to understand what Private International Law is: “Private international law” by Jürgen Basedow:

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 17.11.2022 11:08