Universität Wien FIND

380034 SE Seminar in International Law (2016S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Reistration: katharina.erhart@univie.ac.at until 1 April 2016

The professors of the Section for International Law and International Relations supervise PhD theses in the area of public international law. The prerequisites are an adequate qualification of the candidate and a suitable thesis topic which has to be agreed upon with the intended supervisor. Proposals about thesis projects can be discussed during their respective office hours.

For an acceptance of supervision by the professors Binder, Kriebaum, Marboe, Nowak, Reinisch and Wittich the candidates must first successfully pass the joint "Seminar in International Law); (SE380034). In this seminar, the thesis project will be presented and discussed. A positive evaluation of the thesis project is the condition for acceptance of supervision. The seminar aims at evaluating whether the topic and the method chosen are suitable for a doctoral thesis. In case of a positive evaluation, the doctoral project will be accepted for supervision. All seminar participants will receive a detailed feedback on their doctoral project even if the evaluation is negative.

In addition the University`s general admission criteria to the PhD program have to be fulfilled:

The prerequisite for admission to the doctoral studies at the Law School of the University of Vienna are (a) the completion of the diploma study of law in Austria, or (b) the completion of an equivalent study of law at a recognized institution of higher (post-secondary) education in Austria or abroad, if need be after supplementary exams. In practice, only law graduates who have passed additional tests in Austrian civil and public law are admitted to doctoral studies at the University of Vienna´s Law School. As Austria is a German speaking country, most of these subjects are taught in German. The exams can, however, be held in English. It usually takes about one year of preparation to pass these exams.

The PhD program comprises a period of 3 years.


max. 25 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 13.06. 12:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Tuesday 14.06. 12:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar is directed at doctoral candidates which are writing their doctoral thesis in international law. Students should have the possibility to present their dissertation topics. In the following discussion, the doctoral projects will be dicussed and assessed.

Assessment and permitted materials

Evaluation of the doctoral project and participation in the classroom discussions. Written Outlines (3.000-5.000 words) need to be handed in until 6 May 2016 (via E-Mail to katharina.erhart@univie.ac.at).
Oral presentation of the doctoral project (20 minutes) and subsequent discussion. Acceptance of supervision depends on the quality of the presentations.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The research proposal should include the following elements:

1) title page with topic, name and academic degree of the author, home university;
2) table of contents;
3) a written outline (3,000-5,000 words) of the research project: It must in particular contain the research question, the methodology to be applied, and the current state of scientific research on the topic;
4) bibliography (at least 3 pages);
5) a copy of your Masters degree in law (or equivalent).
In view of the large number of applications only research projects which are particularly well elaborated and researched have the chance of a positive evaluation.

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

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