Research Seminar


Environmental Protection in Armed

Interplay of Several Fields of Public International Law



The seminar is addressed to students interested in international
humanitarian law, international environmental law, human rights law and general
questions in public international law (treaty interpretation, etc). In addition
to issues such as continued application of human rights treaties or
environmental law treaties in armed conflicts, other topics such as case
studies on Colombia or the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning
environmental protection and armed conflicts can be conducted. Other subjects,
such as gender-related questions or the rights of future generations in this
context can be assessed as well. The scholarly debate, as well as the work of
the UN International Law Commission, will play a role in the seminar. Research
topics will be distributed based on individual interests, participants can also
suggest their own topics for their papers in the context of the overall theme
of the seminar.

The seminar will take place in mid-December 2019. Papers have to be
submitted until the end of the winter term. If interested, there is an
opportunity to visit several ministries in Berlin that are also dealing with
the ILC's work from a state perspective. An introductory session to
the topic will take place on Monday, 21 October 2019, at 6.15 pm (room
TBA). At the beginning of November, there will be a mandatory academic
writing session
 for all participants.

All participants are expected to present on their respective topics during the seminar in December (in English). Students can submit a paper (in
German or English) in order to receive a "Seminarschein" in
terms of the "Promotionsordnung". Additionally, students can
write a "Examenshausarbeit im SPB X (Völker- und Europarecht)".
Students are advised to have written a preparatory paper (Seminararbeit)
before they write their "SPB-Hausarbeit". In case a student
has not written such a Seminararbeit beforehand, there is an
option within this Seminar to do both and to get feedback in between both

The number of students participating in the seminar is limited. If you
wish to write a "SPB-Hausarbeit", please send an email to To register, please send an email to (including your name, your student ID number, and
your semester of study). Registration at the introductory session is also
possible if there are any spots left.