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Wintersemester 2019/2020-Sommersemester 2015

Landmark Judgments on International Law in Context: International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG)


Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Sommersemester 2019

Prof. Dr. Armin von Bogdandy, Prof. Dr. Achilles Skordas

jeden zweiten Mittwoch
Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr. Armin von Bogdandy, University of Frankfurt, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Prof. Dr. Achilles Skordas, University of Bristol, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

 

The colloquium will discuss landmark judgments on international law adopted by the ICJ and the BVerfG. Purpose of the class is to explore the doctrinal constructions and the eventual gaps and silence of the Courts, and to assess the significance of the judgments for the interpretation and development of international law, EU law, and constitutional law. Moreover, the colloquium will discuss the geopolitical context of the relevant disputes, including in particular the contribution of the judgments in preserving peace, security and justice, and will critically assess the response of the above Courts to the challenges of the 21st century. Questions on the authority and legitimacy of the Courts, and of the consistency of the judgments, will also be considered. The colloquium will also reflect on the capacity of the ICJ and the BVerfG to define and preserve global and European order in a conflict-prone world society. Students will be encouraged to reflect on whether the judgments are well-reasoned and appropriate to the circumstances, or whether some of the dissenting opinions have a better grasp of the underlying issues.

All classes are held in English. Students can write and discuss the paper either in English or in German. For the participants in the Colloquium, in particular for Erasmus students, knowledge of German is not necessary.
 

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