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International Economic Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

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

Teaching Mode

face-to-face teaching

Contact Hours

2 hours per week


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)


This course is being taught for the first time in the summer term 2024. 

Time Schedule and Course Venue

please see our electronic course catalogue 

Course Content

International economic law is, on the one hand, a history of struggle both of individual actors competing in the marketplace of ideas for the best possible system of regulation and of industrialised and developing states entering the race towards their own share of global prosperity. While the critique of international economic law often revolves around its failures or inequalities in this story, there is also a narrative to be told of success in facilitating development and protecting both corporations and populations from abuse and exploitation. The course provides an overview and introduction into the regulation of three aspects of international economic relations: trade, investment, and finance. Thereby, it will contrast the evolution of the various features of each system with their current challenges. Starting out from the multilateral milestones achieved in international economic law, in-class discussions will address potentials for overcoming current stalemates and aberrations. The course will particularly focus on working with original material such as political proclamations, treaties, and case law.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 24".
registration period: 2 April 2024, 9 a.m. - 12 April 2024, 12 p.m. (noon)

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 2 April 2024, 9 a.m. - 3 May 2024, 12 a.m. (midnight)

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

Evaluation occurs on the basis of a final exam.

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

via Campus Management