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Current Developments in International Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Type


Course Language



2,5 (if exam has been passed)

Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Course Type
online course in the summer term 2021, no classroom teaching
Contact Hours
2 hrs per week every other week Students will have to be online during the regular class hours. Please check the course hours through the link provided under the headline "Time Schedule and Course Venue" (below).


This course is being taught at irregular intervals.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available for the summer semester from late February to mid-August on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.

Course Description

This course offers students an opportunity to discuss current developments in international law. The programme for most sessions will be decided "on the go" -  as world events unfold and in continuous discussion with the students.
While the future is notoriously hard to predict, expect the sessions to enable discussions of topics such as the relationship between the Trump administration and international law, Russia's ongoing intervention in the Ukraine conflict or the withdrawal of African states from the International Criminal Court.

Required Prior Knowledge

Participants should have a basic understanding of public international law. All discussions in the course will be held in English and active participation is encouraged.


To be announced in class. Participants are encouraged to follow international news outlets such as "The New York Times", "The Economist" and the BBC for the selection of cases and situations to be discussed in the course.

Restricted Enrollment

no (that means that everyone who signs up for this course in time can take part in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course

  • either under the module "Fakultatives Lehrangebot im Aufbaubereich"
  • or under the module "Fakultatives Lehrangebot im SB 7".

Please note that it is not possible to register for more than one course under each of those modules.

registration period: 1 - 30 April 2021

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 1 - 30 April 2021

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

Since regular degree-seeking students will not have an exam in this course, it is crucial that international exchange students contact the professor at the beginning of the lecture period and ask for an exam. The type of the exam will be determined by the professor. It is probably going to be an essay.

Registration for the Exam

Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

The students will be informed about their grades by the course instructor.

Please ask the professor to write an e-mail with your grade to the International Office at the Law Department. This e-mail must be sent from an institutional account (i.e. the professor's or his secretary's FU account), not from a commercial account (i.e. gmx, gmail, etc.).