Universität Wien

030853 KU Global Middle East: The Legacy of WWI Treaties (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).


Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 10.01. 10:30 - 13:45 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 10:30 - 13:45 Digital
Wednesday 12.01. 10:30 - 13:45 Digital
Thursday 13.01. 10:30 - 13:45 Digital
Friday 14.01. 10:30 - 13:45 Digital
Monday 17.01. 10:30 - 13:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Middle East is often merely regarded as a physical place of intrinsic and inextricable conflicts, the jolts of which have a global impact. The course proposes to zoom out for a more accurate and nuanced understanding of this complex and strategically key region of the globe.

Based on the history of international law and relations, the course will examine the post-World War I Peace Treaties and discuss how they shaped the borders of current Middle Eastern states from the splitting up of the Ottoman Empire. The course will pay particular attention to the racial and anti-Semitic narratives in the colonial context surrounding the negotiation processes. It will then engage in the Treaties' humanitarian consequences as well as their regional and global legacy, such as the emotional load that the region still carries and which impacts on current international relations. The students will be invited to discuss the legal background and development as well as a possible way forward.

Assessment and permitted materials

A short assessment on each session (e.g. MCQ) and a final written exam.
ERASMUS-Students can write the final paper in English, German, or French.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The final assessment is based on the average mark of both examinations. It can be improved by a regular participation in the discussions.

Examination topics

The exams will be based on the content of the course.

Reading list

Supporting materials will be provided on Moodle

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:12