How do the United Nations work and is the UN Charter fit for purpose in today's world? What does the Paris Agreement say and what more can we do to tackle climate change? What tools do we have to tackle transnational problems through law? What are directives or regulations and how does the EU create them? What are the powers of the Court of Justice of the EU – and what are those of the International Court of Justice? These questions and many more fall within the remit of the Department of International Law and EU Law.
What may appear like a remote system when looking at Sir Robert Jennings and Sir Arthur Watts' rather dry definition of international law as "the body of rules which are legally binding on states in their intercourse with each other" is vital to be able to understand the modern world. From tackling climate change to defining car standards, from regulating intellectual property to regulating migration it is international and EU law that play an, if not the decisive role.
The Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies provides students both with a basic understanding of the core rules of the EU and international legal systems (including international trade) and a wide choice of more specialized courses ranging from the UN to environmental law from the law of immunities to human rights in the Americas. Students are taught the rules as they currently stand and provided with the tools to critically reflect on those rules and the structures they reinforce. We do so with a stellar resident and non-resident faculty second to none that combines decades of experience teaching the law with practical experience negotiating, counseling on and litigating the rules we live by.