Walther-Schuecking-Institute for International Law

The Walther Schücking Institute for International Law (WSI) at Kiel University is the oldest university institute for public international law in the world. It is home to Germany’s oldest and biggest university library for international law, which became the first German library to have the status of UN Depository Library bestowed upon it in 1948. With more than 135,000 volumes, the Institute library offers fantastic working and research facilities.

The Institute was founded in 1914 and adopted the name of its former director and judge of the Permanent Court of International Justice, Walther Schücking, who, in contradiction to the vast majority of public international lawyers of the time, felt duty-bound to create an order of peace and international understanding. Today, focal areas of research encompass practically all aspects of public international law (amongst others fundamental research, protection of human rights, cultural law, security law, environmental law and the law of the sea) as well as European Union law and comparative constitutional law.

The members of the Institute comprise a dedicated team characterised by the spirit of cooperation. The diverse range of activities at the Institute includes the publication of the ‘German Yearbook of International Law’ and the ‘Publications of the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law’ series.