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.

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.

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

Jessup Homepage

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.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin von der Decken elected to the German Commission for UNESCO

Jul 04, 2018

As of July 1st, 2018 Prof. Dr. Kerstin von der Decken has been elected member to the German Commission for UNESCO. The Commission with its 114 members is composed of commissioners of the federal government and state ministries, as well as representatives from institutions and elected experts in a personal capacity. Kerstin von der Decken was elected as such an expert. The German Commission for UNESCO represents the national commission according to art. VII UNESCO Constitution and functions as a liaison between the UNESCO and the Federal Republic of Germany. It advises the German government, parliament and other public bodies regarding UNESCO issues, participates in developing the German membership within the UNESCO and promotes the implementation of UNESCO programs in Germany.

Prof. Dr. Nele- Matz-Lück appointed ad hoc judge for the ECtHR

Jul 11, 2018

In June 2018, the German government appointed Prof. Dr. Matz-Lück ad hoc judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) for a period of two years.

2. Walther Schücking Lecture - Christine Chinkin: "Women, Peace and Security: An Agenda for Tackling Violence against Women in the Contemporary World?"

Nov 30, 2018 from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Audimax, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 2, Hörsaal A