Wahlfachkorb - Culture juridique francophone européenne et internationale

For students who wish to acquire or deepen their skills in francophone legal culture and language.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franz-Stefan Meissel (Coordinator), Department of Roman Law and Antique Legal History, Schenkenstraße 8-10, 1010 Vienna, Austria, franz.stefan.meissel@univie.ac.at

Dr. Isabelle Buffard, DESS (Deputy Coordinator), Section for International Law and International Relations, Schottenbastei 10-16/2/5, 1010 Vienna, Austria, Isabelle.buffard@univie.ac.at



To receive information and updates on francophone (legal) courses and events in Vienna on a regular basis, or to register for the culture juridique francophone elective field (Wahlfahkorb), send an email to culture.juridique@univie.ac.at.



List of courses see here


Generell Information

The University of Vienna’s law faculty has a long-standing tradition in offering courses in foreign languages (including courses in French); the CJF elective contributes to this tradition. It also serves as a basis for enhancing the successful cooperation with francophone universities.

In all kinds of legal careers, one is increasingly confronted with distinct legal systems and cultures, among them the francophone cultures. Just like the term ‘Francophonie internationale’ is often used to highlight the diversity of the francophone cultures, the name of this elective fields pays tribute to the diversity of the legal systems of francophone countries.

Content and Aim

The elective field (Wahlfachkorb) is organized by the Department of Roman Law and Antique Legal History and the Section for International Law and International Relations and offers courses exclusively taught in French, about both French law and French legal history (or other francophone legal systems) as well as courses in European and International law.

The elective field is directed at students who wish to acquire skills in francophone legal culture and language, especially when they aim at using these skills for their professional careers, either in international law firms, diplomacy or international institutions. This is especially useful for European and International courts where French is still of importance as a working language.

Prerequisites for a certificate

To obtain a certificate, it is necessary to complete 12 semester hours (new curriculum) or 14 semester hours (old curriculum).

It is also possible to complete up to four semester hours abroad, either by taking legal courses in French (especially during an Erasmus exchange), and/or in form of an internship at an institution with a legal focus whose working language is French. Courses attended abroad may be credited several times for different elective fields; this however is not possible for compulsory subjects (especially the public international law exam and the European law exam). Crediting is done by Mag. Verena Haas BA LLM (anerkennung.rewi@univie.ac.at).

To receive credits for the internship (depending on length and workload, up to two semester hours can be credited), one needs to hand in a certificate (by the employer) and an internship report in French. For the crediting of internships please send an e-mail to Dr. Isabelle Buffard (isabelle.buffard@univie.ac.at).

Unlike other elective fields, CJF does not have a core or an elective part. There is no need to get individual signatures from professors, one from the CJF coordinators is sufficient.

As soon as the 12 semester hours have been completed, the elective form (Wahlfachkorbpass Formular) can be handed in at the Section for International Law and International Relations. All necessary documents, this includes a transcript of records (Sammelzeugnis) and – if required -  the official credit recognition notice (Anrechnungsbescheid) or internship certificate and report, need to be forwarded to Ms Brigitte Weidinger (brigitte.weidinger@univie.ac.at ).

Information about CJF in French can be found here.


Information about visiting professors

Prof. Bernard-Marie Boyer
Prof. Christian Chêne
Prof. Laurent Pfister
Prof. Yves Mausen
Prof. Arnaud Vergne
Prof. Yann Kerbrat
Prof. Philippe Greciano