Our Biweekly Lecture and Discussion Forum – ‘Völkerrechtliche Tagesthemen’ Is Starting This Week

Apr 12, 2018

The first session of our forum ‘Völkerrechtliche Tagesthemen’ is starting this Wednesday, 18 April with a presentation held in English. The event is open to the interested public. For more information and dates, please go to: http://www.wsi.uni-kiel.de/de/lehre/tagesthemen. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Torben Herber and Jens Kaiser Awarded for Outstanding Jessup National Rounds in Kiel

Apr 10, 2018

The two German national administrators Torben Herber and Jens Kaiser were honoured with the Steven Schneebaum Award at the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. The Steven Schneebaum Award is designated for national administrators who have organised outstanding national rounds.

On behalf of the Walther-Schücking-Institute for International Law, Torben Herber und Jens Kaiser organised the Jessup German National Rounds in Kiel from 28 February until 3 March 2018. A total of 19 German teams with over 140 participants competed against each other and confronted 35 well-known personalities from the field of international law acting as judges. Not forgetting the 25 helpers without whom the Competition would not have been such a success. For more information on the German National Rounds in Kiel, please follow this link: http://www.jessup.uni-kiel.de/de.

New Regulation Regarding Auxiliary Means in Exams

Apr 09, 2018

As of winter semester 18/19, the following new regulation will apply for all exams (midterm exams, exams ‘kleine und große Übungen’, FFA/Erasmus/LL.M. exams as well as oral exams in the specialisation):

Allowed auxiliary means are the legal texts relevant for the respective field of law. They may not contain supplements (such as schemata). Written markings, arrows, exclamation marks and single words are allowed, as long as they constitute merely a reading aid and do not form a system of annotation. Individual references to paragraphs, even those that refer to another legal text, may be included in the legal text.

Kieler Jessup Team Ranked Sixth for ‘Best Written Pleadings’ in the German National Rounds

Mar 15, 2018

This year's German National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition took place in Kiel, at the Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein and the townhall, from 28 February until 3 March 2018. The Kieler team had already gripping matches in the preliminary rounds competing against among others the two finalists: the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (national champion) and the Hertie School of Governance.

Despite a great performance, the team didn’t advance to the quarter finals, but was placed sixth in the category ‘best written pleadings’, together with the University of Heidelberg.

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court is the largest and most prestigious international moot court in the field of public international law. The Competition is about a fictional legal dispute between two states before the International Court of Justice with each team representing the applicant as well as the respondent side. This year’s case touched upon the subjects of the invalidity of international awards, the use of underwater drones, nuclear disarmament as well as naval warfare. The participation in the Competition proved to be a very valuable experience for the Kieler team, since they learned to deal with a complex case for several months and present their arguments in English in written form as well as orally in front of an international bench.

‘The Jessup’ enjoys a longstanding tradition in Kiel and the Walther Schücking Institute is delighted that this year’s national rounds in Kiel will have drawn new attention to it among students. Applications for the Kieler Jessup Team 2019 can be submitted from now on. For more information on this, please follow this link:  https://www.wsi.uni-kiel.de/en/MootCourt/application?set_language=en

Jessup Team 2018


left to right: Armine Usojan (student coach), Felix Telschow (head coach), Nathalie Zavazava (student coach) and the team members: Clemens Dorsel, Lea Paustian, Tom Wittke, Berit Jens und Anna Barckhausen; not in the picture: David Schenk (student coach).

Nele Matz-Lück becomes a member of the Constitutional Court of Schleswig-Holstein on 01.02.2018

Mar 26, 2018

Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück Arbitrator for Disputes Regarding the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty

Nov 22, 2017

Upon recommendation of the Federal Government with effect from October 11, 2017, Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück was selected to be placed on the list of arbitrators for disputes concerning the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.

2016 Activity Report of the WSI published

Aug 30, 2017

The annual activity report of the WSI (in German) is now available for download.

Prof. von Arnauld Appointed to The Scientific Advisory Board on International Law of the Federal Foreign Office

Aug 30, 2017

In December 2016, Prof. Dr. Andreas von Arnauld was appointed to the scientific advisory board on international law of the German Federal Foreign Office. At the general meeting of the German Society of International Law  in March 2017, he was elected to the board for four years.

Jessup Moot Court: Kiel Law Students Among the Top Teams of Germany

Mar 23, 2017

The German National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition  took place at the University of Passau from March 8-12, 2017. Twenty teams from German universities competed to get into the finals – the International Rounds held in Washington D.C. in April 2017. Our team gave an outstanding performance and was placed fifth. Beyond that, the team was ranked sixth in the category ‘best written pleadings’ and was third best in their pleading of the defendant.

Research associates Isabelle Haßfurther  and Jens Kaiser , assisted by Henning Büttner and Marvin Schwope, coached the girls’ team consisting of: Josephine Freytag, Nora Harder, Alena Kunstreich, Armine Usojan, and Nathalie Zavazava.

Also, Armine Usojan was ranked fourth best speaker of 70 speakers in total.

Kieler Jessup-Team 2017

(left to right) Josephine Freytag, Isabelle Haßfurther, Nora Harder, Armine Usojan, Henning Büttner, Jens Kaiser, Marvin Schwope, Nathalie Zavazava, Alena Kunstreich

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Jessup in Kiel

Daley Birkett Awarded Prize for Best Paper at International Economic Law Conference

Apr 24, 2018

WSI Research Associate Daley Birkett, was awarded, together with co-author Dini Sejko, the Prize for Best Paper at the 7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL), hosted by the European University Cyprus in Nicosia on 13-14 April 2018. The Prize, sponsored by Edward Elgar Publishing, was awarded for their paper titled ‘United Nations Sanctions and the Governance of Sovereign Wealth Funds: Investigating the Case of the Libyan Investment Authority’.


At the Walther Schücking Institute, Daley acts as an Assistant Editor of the German Yearbook for International Law and convenes a course in International Criminal Law. Dini is a Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and a Research Affiliate at SovereigNET, a network based at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Daley and Dini gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support of the Walther Schücking Foundation and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, respectively, for partially funding their travel expenses.