Institute of International and European Law

Institute of International and European Law

Leading Commentary on the United Nations Charter published

The 4th Edition of the Oxford United Nations Charter Commentary has just been published. The current chair for public law, in particular international law at the University of Göttingen, Andreas Paulus, is co-publisher. The commentary includes, inter alia, contributions by members of the Institute for International Law and European Law at the University of Göttingen Prof. Dr. Andreas Paulus, Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll, and Dr. Matthias Lippold.

Oxford Commentary 4th ed

Webinar: Climate Change and Human Rights: Exploring the ECHR’s KlimaSeniorinnen and Duarte Agostinho cases
Join us on 31 May 2024 at 13:00 for a webinar with Dr. Corina Heri and Dr. Kata Dozsa regarding Climate Change and Human Rights. For the registration and more information see here.

The University of Göttingen offers a new International Law LL.M this fall!
GOMIL_announcement-001 The Göttingen Master of International Law (GOMIL) is accepting applications for its inaugural academic year. GOMIL is a one-year master’s degree program, offered in English. It is designed to provide a deeper understanding of legal rules and standards of interstate relations and aims to prepare students for careers involving international law and policy. Deadline to apply is 1 May 2024 and classes begin on 1 October 2024. Apply online or e-mail for more information.

Library opening hours during the holidays:
The library is open until the 23rd at 4pm, closed from the 24th through the 1st of Januray. Usual opening hours apply from the 2nd of January onwards.

Resolution adopted by the Council of the German Society for International Law, 17th November 2023
„The massacre perpetrated by Hamas on 7th October in the South of Israel and the war between Israel and Hamas, which has in a short period of time led to numerous fatalities and even more injuries on both sides, are appalling. The Council of the German Society for International Law underlines the significance of adhering to international law and the protection of the civil population. Specifically this means:
1. The criminal massacre by Hamas is to be condemned as a violation of fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law and is absolutely unjustifiable.
2. Hamas is obliged to unconditionally release all of the hostages it is holding. Until their release, Hamas is responsible for their life, their integrity and their treatment.
3. In the context of its self-defence, Israel is obliged to ensure that its offensive on the Gaza strip is proportionate.
4. In the military conflict all sides are obliged to comply with the provisions of international humanitarian law on the protection of civilians and protected sites, in particular hospitals.
5. In the context of Resolution 2712 (2023) of the UN Security Council, for as long as the armed conflict endures, both sides must facilitate longer pauses and the provision of corridors. Following a ceasefire, the civil population must be able to return and Gaza must be rebuilt.
6. In the long term, the aim must be to work towards a peaceful resolution to the Middle East conflict that is compatible with international law and in particular the law of self-determination of all participating parties.“

To remember Thomas Buergenthal, the Institute of International and European Law held a memorial event on Friday, October 13 2023. Einladung Buergenthal_eng

To remember Thomas Buergenthal, the Institute of International and European Law held a memorial event on Friday, October 13 2023. Einladung Buergenthal_eng

European Citizens' Initiative 10 years on: An ECI for the next generation

In the context of the ECI Day 2022 “The European Citizens’ Initiative 10 years on: ready for the future?”, Dr. Yilly Pacheco, Research Fellow from the Department of International Economic and Environmental Law, will present the results of the Erasmus+ project “ECI from A to Z” jointly developed by the universities of Göttingen, Coimbra (Portugal), Vigo (Spain) and Iasi (Romania). Dr. Pacheco is one of the speakers in the session “An ECI for the next generation”, which aims at exploring and discussing the growing use of the ECI by young activists, how this changed over time and what can be done so that more young people embrace this opportunity for participation in EU policy-making. The event, marking the 10th anniversary of the ECI, is hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, and organized in collaboration with the European Citizen Action Service, the ECI Campaign, Democracy International, and the Bertelsmann Foundation. Further information.

Erasmus+ Project “European Citizens' Initiative: A Tool for Engagement and Active Citizenship. ECI: From A to Z”

The Department for International Economic and Environmental Law (Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll) is looking for 20 students interested in a dynamic and collaborative project with other universities across Europe about the European Citizens' Initiative. The project “ECI: From A to Z” aims to develop skills of bachelor, Staatsexamen, and master students to co-construct, create, and launch their own citizens’ initiatives. The selected students will engage in an international experience with tutors, professors, and fellow participants from the universities of Coimbra (Portugal), Vigo (Spain), and Iasi (Romania). Recognition of ECTS credits is possible as Studium generale. Students from the Law Faculty will obtain a foreign language certificate (Fremdsprachennachweis).
To apply, please, send us your CV and a motivation letter (max 2 pages) in PDF format to and Deadline: 10 March 2022. For more information, click here.