Diploma Exam in Public International Law

Examination Process

Each candidate will be examined individually. Each candidate will receive three examination questions (plus some interposing questions). The candidates should have the second volume of the Austrian Public International Law Textbook (Materialienteil des Völkerrechtshandbuchs) or the Codex of Public International Law ready; these materials may only be used upon request. The examination takes 20-30 minutes per candidate.


The assessment scale and criteria include knowledge and identification of the pertinent legal foundations, an understanding of their practical interplay, precision in applying the legal methodology to concrete cases, comprehension and use of the relevant facts, and level of the legal argumentation. For a positive examination result, familiarity with all relevant examination areas of public international law is an indispensable prerequisite.

Support materials for Public International Law

Recommended books: Reinisch (eds.), Österreichisches Handbuch des Völkerrechts, 6th edition (2021), Vol. I+II

Examination Subjects

  • Fundamentals of Public International Law today
  • Sources of International Law
  • International Law, European Union Law and Domestic Law
  • Subjects of International Law
  • Individuals in Public International Law
  • Privileges and Immunities in International Law
  • Prohibition of the Use of Force and the Principle of Non-Intervention
  • Territorial Aspects of Public International Law
  • International Economic Law
  • State Responsibility
  • International Humanitarian Law and the Law of War
  • Austria´s International Status and its Position within the Framework of Public International Law since 1918
  • The Peaceful Settlement of Disputes
  • Basics of International Environmental Law

These examination subjects refer to the Diploma Study "Rechtswissenschaften" and the Master of Laws (LLM) "Business Law".

Current Dates of Examination for International Law

Examinations take place on the following days (subject to correction):

24.06.2024, 10:00 - 14:00, online

Please address organisational questions and concerns regarding the examination (e.g. cancellations, etc.) exclusively to martina.terp@univie.ac.at

If you are demonstrably unable to attend one day of the examinations week, please inform the SSC (ssc.rechtswissenschaften@univie.ac.at) when registering. As far as possible, we will try to assign you another examination day. However, there is no entitlement to specific examination days. You can find more information on registering for and cancelling module examinations HERE.


The German version of this page contains further details on the modalities for oral exams.