In the age of globalization an increasing number of issues cannot be regulated adequately within the European Union - not even after its enlargement in 2004 and 2007 -, let alone by individual states. Rather there is need for more comprehensive, sometimes global legal solutions. This is true not only regarding economic issues - from world trade and financial questions to transport and development co-operation, from communication and information to internal and external security and criminal law. International interdependence which is reflected in public international law is constantly increasing. Therefore even domestic lawyers are more and more confronted with international legal issues. Moreover, since a genuine understanding of international law also requires the knowledge of relevant political and economic aspects, an interdisciplinary approach will be emphasized.
Since English has become the global "lingua franca" in international law, many courses are offered in this language, but also in other languages, in addition to German. Furthermore, internships are also recognized for the certificate in order to make the curriculum more practice-oriented.
The courses in the "!basket" "Law of International Relations" should contribute to a more international perspective in Austria, where this perspective still in particular leaves a great deal to be desired. The connections to European Law and Austrian domestic law are also to be taken into account. The courses in this elective field of specialization require a basic knowledge of international law which is provided by the regular curriculum.
On the one hand, the "elective basket" is designed to deepen knowledge of areas of international law already covered by the regular curriculum and, on the other hand, to offer information on additional topics. Consequently, the "basket" will focus on: international economic law, the international protection of human rights, international criminal law, international organizations and multilateral diplomacy, the legal and political aspects of international security, and the international status of Austria since 1918.
By completing courses in this elective field students obtain special qualifications for numerous, legal and also non-legal professions: the diplomatic service, a career in international organizations, in the international departments of ministries, in NGOs, in journalism, as well as in law firms and multinational companies.
In order to prepare for their examinations and to deepen their knowledge, students can choose among several types of courses in the broad sense of the word that are listed in a programme (Vorlesungsverzeichnis) published at the beginning of each semester. The various types of courses differ in their contents, their aim, their didactic methods and their requirements.
This area of specialization should provide students with a deeper knowledge of international legal and political issues and thereby facilitate an internationally oriented career. In order to obtain a diploma students have to take courses totalling 12 semester hours, out of which 8 must be core and the rest elective courses. Core courses are marked with an asterisk *
At the Vienna Law Faculty courses are evaluated according to the credits system.
The Study Commission decides on the elective fields of specialization and their contents.
It should be noted that ERASMUS and other exchange students have to meet the same requirements for receiving a certificate as Austrian students!
There are no specific examinations for non-Austrian students. Attendance is mandatory for all courses of an elective field of specialization.
The registration for the elective field helps the administration to gain an overview of the number of students currently concluding the elective field. It also benefits the students as important information concerning the electives or other interesting issues will be posted on the moodle platform for registered participants. To register for the elective field, please follow this link: https://moodle.univie.ac.at/course/view.php?id=6857