Walther Schücking Institute for International Law (WSI)


The Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel was founded in 1914, originally named 'Institute for International Law'. It was renamed in 1995 in memory of its former renowned director and international judge, Walther Schücking, and his strong ties with the idea of international cooperation and peace.

Today, research focuses mainly on Public International Law (notably Human Rights Law, International Heritage Protection, Peace and Security, International Environmental Law and Law of the Sea), European Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.

The Walther Schücking Institute is the oldest academic institution in Germany dedicated especially to international law. It houses the oldest and largest German academic library on international law as well as the UN Depository library.


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to require special hygiene and other preventative measures, the Walther-Schücking-Institute will remain closed to the public until further notice. You will be informed about special regulations concerning the preparation of theses via the Faculty of Law, the Erasmus and LL.M. representative and the coordinator of the IPIR study program. If you have any further questions, please contact the responsible persons via e-mail. Unfortunately, all other face-to-face events of the Institute - lecture series, “Völkerrechtliche Tagesthemen” and guest lectures - have to be cancelled. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be informed about events and current developments. With warmest greetings on behalf of the entire team of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Kerstin von der Decken, Managing Director
Information on access to our library can be found here.


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