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Sociological Analysis of International Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

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Course Classification

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

Course Organization

This course will be held as an intensive course with six hours per week over a period of five weeks, starting in the second half of the summer term.


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

Course Type
online course in the summer term 2021 / no classroom teaching
Contact Hours
Students must be online during the dates and times provided in the course catalogue. Please check the course hours through the link provided under the headline "Time Schedule and Course Venue" (below).
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This course will be taught for the first time in the summer term 2021.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

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

Content of the Course

The course aims to introduce students to key sociological concepts, discuss the sociological dimension of international law and analyze various international legal issues from sociological perspective.
The course will address the following topics:
(i) the sociological perspective and the sociological dimension of international law;
(ii) core sociological theories and international law - global and regional trade agreements in the WTO legal system;
(iii) collective memory and international law - the role of international tribunals in the construction of social memories, states' collective memories and international law;
(iv) diffusion of norms and international legal fragmentation - interpretive communities and the interactions between investment tribunals and human rights treaties;
(v) socialization, social identity and international law - international institutions, enforcement of human rights treaties by EU trade measures, and interpretation of international treaties;
(vi) cognitive sociology and international law - inter-group relations, discrimination and the implementation of international treaties;
(vii) the sociology of deviance and compliance with international law - international social control mechanisms, social labelling and additional social causes of international deviance (and the challenge of enhancing compliance with international law).

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 under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 15".
registration period: 1 - 30 April 2021

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

drop period: 1 - 30 April 2021

Type of Exam

The course grade will be based on the students' oral participation in the discussion and on their achievements in a written assignment.

Exam Period

The assignment will be due after the end of this course. The deadline will be determined by the professor and will be announced in class.

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