Diploma Exam in Public International Law IREWI


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.

The Diploma Exam in Public International Law IREWI is taken in English according to the curriculum.

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


Support materials for International Law IREWI

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 It´s Position within the Framework of Public International Law since 1918

I recommend the following additional reading also to get familiar with English International Law terminology:

  • Malcolm Shaw, International Law (Cambridge University Press 9th ed., 2021)
  • James Crawford, Brownlie’s Principles of International Law (Oxford University Press 9th ed., 2019)


Current Dates of Examination for International Law IREWI

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

28.06.2024, 10:00 - 13:00

Please send emails regarding exam cancellations to brigitte.weidinger@univie.ac.at