853-0056-00L  Public International Law

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersA. R. Ziegler
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThis course gives an overview over the main areas of public international law. It presents the legal foundations of the legal coordination and cooperation within the international community and between the most important international organizations, especially in the field of peace keeping, peace enforcement and conflict resolution.
ObjectiveParticipants learn to understand the legal foundations of the international order as well as its underlying problems and conflict areas. Participants know the main principles of the current system and master the necessary tools to to update their knowledge (literature, internet sources and legal documents) and analyze contemporary developments.
ContentThe focus lies on the law of international organizations. Following a general introduction organizations such as the UN, the OSCE, NATO and the WTO are treated. A particular emphasis constitutes the management of armed conflict within international organizations. Furthermore an overview is given on the law of European Union, as an example of a supranational body. The objective of the course is to give students an overview on the practical and political importance of international organizations in view of the continuing development of international law and the international legal system.
Lecture notesno script
LiteratureAndreas R. Ziegler, Einführung ins Völkerrecht, Stämpfli Verlag, Bern, 3. Aufl. 2015 (German) or Andreas R. Ziegler, Introduction au droit international public, Staempfli, Berne 3e éd. 2015 (French).
Prerequisites / Noticeno prerequisites