Lehrstuhl für Internationales Recht

Lehrstuhlinhaber: Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke LL.M. (Amsterdam), LL.M. (EUI)        Ciaran Burke 
Postadresse: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Lehrstuhl Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke
Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3
07743 Jena
Standort: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Lehrstuhl für Internationales Recht
Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke
Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3
07743 Jena
Tel.: +49 (0)3641/9-42270  
Fax: +49 (0)3641/9-42272  


Montag, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr


Frau David, Zimmer 1.50


Montag: 13:00 - 15:00
Dienstag 13:00 - 15:00
Mittwoch 13:00 - 15:00
Freitag 10:00 - 12:00

Das Sekretariat ist vom 19.05. - 26.05. nicht besetzt.




Law and Language Intermediate Examination

The Intermediate Examination will take place on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 10:00 - 12:00, SR 308 (Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3.

You must register in person for this exam with Frau David (Lehrstuhl Professor Dr. Burke, Carl-Zeiß-Str. 3, Zi. 1.50). You need to bring copies of all of your Scheine to leave with Frau David. The last date for registration is: Tuesday, Mai 16, 2017 at 15:00.


Änderungen im Law & Language-Programm

Beginnend mit dem Wintersemester 2015/16 werden im Law & Language-Programm Änderungen erfolgen. Die Grundstruktur des Programms bleibt jedoch unverändert.

1. Die bisherigen Einführungsveranstaltungen "Introduction to Anglo-American Law & Language I/II" werden durch die Vorlesung "The English Legal System" ersetzt. Dabei handelt es sich um eine zweiteilige Veranstaltung, sodass nach wie vor 4 SWS zu absolvieren sind. Nähere Informationen unter "Lehre".

2. Der inhaltliche Fokus des Programms wird vom Recht der USA auf das Recht von England und Wales verschoben. Die Zwischen- und Abschlussprüfungen werden aber nach wie vor so gestaltet, dass auch Studenten mit "alten" Scheinen die Aufgabenstellungen mit ihrem Wissen bewältigen können.

 Ciaran Burke             • 1983    Geboren in Dublin
  • 2002-2007   Studium des irischen und französischen Rechts in Dublin, Toulouse und Strasbourg, Abschluss: LL.B.
  • 2008   LL.M. an der FU Amsterdam
  • 2009   LL.M. am Europäischen Hochschulinstitut Florenz (EUI)
  • 2010-2012   Wissenschaftlicher Assistent am Lehrstuhl für Völkerrecht und Menschenrechte von Prof. Dr. Martin Scheinin, EUI
  • 2011   Promotion (Ph.D.) bei Prof. Dr. Martin Scheinin, Thema: "An Equitable Framework for Humanitarian Intervention"
  • seit 2011   Freiberufliche Rechtsberatung
  • 2012-2014   Dozent und Moot Court-Trainer an der Universität Passau
  • 2013-2014   Gastdozent an der Brussels School of International Studies
  • seit 2014   Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Internationales Recht an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke, LL.M. (Amsterdam), LL.M. (EUI)
Professor für Internationales Recht
Director of the Law & Language Center




  • Völkerrecht, insbesondere: Menschenrechte, Ius ad bellum, Ius in bello, Equity, die Arktis
  • Europäisches Verfassungs- und Verwaltungsrecht
  • Rechtsvergleichung

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Im Sommersemester 2017 bietet Professor Burke folgende Lehrveranstaltungen an: 

The following courses are offered in the summer semester 2017:


Law of the European Union (SPB 4, 6)

08:00 - 12:00
SR 314



This course will serve as an in-depth introduction to EU law, and can be taken by complete beginners, as well as by students who wish to deepen their knowledge of this subject area. The course will begin with an examination of the birth of the European Economic Community, investigating how progressive decades of integration transformed a free trade treaty system into an international organisation like no other. A key focus will be placed upon the activities of the European Court of Justice and its doctrines of supremacy and direct effect. The constitutional traditions of member states will be examined, and classes will aim to investigate how national legal systems have been affected by the import of European law. The law of the European Economic Area and that of the European Free Trade Association will also be examined, and will be used, alongside Public International law and domestic law, to contextualise the unique nature of EU law. Students will be encouraged to contribute to the seminars.

EU Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca) Oxford University Press, 5th edition, 2011

Legal theory, philosophy and problem solving (SPB 1, 6)

14:00 - 16:00
HS 7



This course will tackle key issues in the field of jurisprudence, that is, legal philosophy. Every legal tradition has its own legal philosophers; its own paragons who are looked to for guidance. The common law tradition is no different in this regard. The jurisprudence of the common law has been underpinned by the development of a ‘battle’ between positivists and natural lawyers, and the refinements brought forth by either side. This course aims to offer a taste of that process.

Reference will also be had to French philosophers, and to modern concepts such as feminism and critical theory that have influenced new streams of jurisprudence.

Students will be presented with problem questions in class, and class participation will be strongly encouraged. The goal of the class will be to turn philosophical principles into practical problem-solving and argumentative techniques.

Lloyd's Introduction to Jurisprudence (MDA Freeman) Sweet and Maxwell Publishing, 8th Edition, 2008

Contemporary Problems in Public International Law (SPB 4, 6)

12:00 - 14:00
SR 125


This course will deal with a number of contemporary issues in public international law in detail, including the management of international watercourses, and large flows of refugees.

Literature will be assigned at a later date.

Dr. Anna Bara: Law and History of Contemporary Conflicts




- This course examines the origins, causes and outcomes of different types of conflicts, ranging from modern interstate war to ethnic intrastate conflicts. Various dynamics of conflict initiation, intensity, duration, and the potential for resolution constitute the main focus of the study. Though the military aspects of certain conflicts are discussed in terms of impact and outcome, this course does not concentrate on battles and warfare per se. Instead, the political, economic, and ideological background to, influence on, and consequences of, selected conflicts are stressed. World Wars and conflicts related to the Cold War will be highlighted. Other problems of interest will concentrate around the success and failure of collective security, revolutionary and civil wars, the role of nationalism, regional disputes, attempts at “humanitarian” intervention in the post-Cold War period, and the international implications of the “War on Terrorism” since September 2001. The empirical material includes historical, political, organisational, and economic grounds as well as the narratives of the parties involved analysed through the lens of conflict theory. Although the main emphasis is on international conflicts of the XX century, comparative reference will be made to both earlier conflicts and those that have occurred in the beginning of the XXI century.

International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond, edited by Antony Best, Jussi M. Hanhimäki, Joseph A. Maiolo, and Kirsten E. Schulze. Second Edition (London and New York: Routledge, a Taylor & Francis Group, 2008). ISBN 978-0-415-43896-4.

Additional Indicative Reading List

Beckett, Ian. The Great War 2nd ed. (2007)
Geller, Daniel S. and J. David Singer. Nations at War: A Scientific Study of International   Conflict (1998)
Johnson, James Turner. Just War Tradition and the Restraint of War: A Moral and Historical  Inquiry (1984)
Kalyvas, S. N., Shapiro, I., & Masoud, T. E., eds., Order, conflict, and violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Pons, Silvio and Federico Romero, eds., Reinterpreting the End of the Cold War: Issues,    Interpretations, Periodizations (2005)
Schroeder, Paul W. Systems, Stability, and Statecraft: Essays on the International History of   Modern Europe.  David Wetzel, Robert Jervis, and Jack S. Levy, eds. (2004)
Tilly, Charles. “War Making and State Making as Organized Crime” in Bringing the State Back, edited by Peter Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, and Theda Skocpol  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985).

Additional reading will be supplied during the seminar.

Dr. Stephen Swann: Constitutional & Administrative Law 

12:00 - 14:00; HS 7

12:00 - 14:00, HS 7


This course explores fundamental elements of British constitutional law and administrative law in England and Wales. Starting with essential tenets of the UK constitutional structure, including the impact of EU membership (and prospectively Brexit), lectures will address various aspects of the constitution and operation of the UK’s legislature and executive before turning to the devolution of power within the UK. In the second half of the course the focus will be on (i) human rights and their protection and (ii) judicial review and other redress for maladministration. The course will highlight diffused and multi-layered accountability for the exercise of power within current British constitutional structures. Across the teaching sessions there will be opportunity both to assess understanding by application to problem scenarios and to deepen understanding of the relevant debates.

AW Bradley, KD Ewing and CJS Knight, Constitutional and Administrative Law, 16th Edition, Pearson (2015)

In addition students should purchase a copy of a statute book, such as Robert G Lee, Blackstone's Statutes on Public Law & Human Rights 2016-2017, 26th edition, Oxford University Press (2016).

Dr. Stephen Swann: Equity and Trusts

10:00 - 12:00, SR 114

Donnerstag, 16:00 - 18:00; SR 4119



This course examines the fundamental concepts and principles of Equity, as it applies in the legal system of England and Wales, with a predominant focus on the law of trusts, a central pillar of English property law. After an introduction to Equity, lectures will focus on the nature of the trust, the different types of trust, the essential requirements of an express trust, and the various legal problems that may arise when a requirement is not satisfied. Besides difficulties with private trusts we will address legal issues more specific to trusts in commercial and not-for-profit contexts. In the final third of the course we turn to administration of trusts and remedies for breach of trust. Across the teaching sessions there will be opportunity both to assess understanding by applying the law to problem scenarios and to deepen understanding of the legal debates and settings within which trusts operate.

Graham Virgo, The Principles of Equity and Trusts, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press (2016)

In addition students should purchase a copy of a property law statute book, such as Meryl Thomas (ed.), Blackstone’s Statutes on Property Law 2016-2017, 24th edn, Oxford University Press (2016), which will also be essential for study of Land Law.



Sekretärin        Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin      Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Birgit David

Raum 1.50
Telefon: +49 (0)3641/9-42270
Telefax: +49 (0)3641/9-42272


Das Sekretariat ist vom 19.05. - 26.05.
nicht besetzt.
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Öffnungszeiten des Sekretariats:

Montag - Mittwoch
13:00 - 15:00 Uhr
10:00 - 12:00 Uhr

    Claudia Muttin

Raum 3.65
Telefon: +49 (0)3641/9-42274

  Ivan Lazarov, LL.M.

Raum 3.65
Telefon: +49 (0)3641/9-42274


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  Lydia von der Weth

  Katja Dahl

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  Lena Hakmann


Ehemalige Mitarbeiter:

Julian Werner
Sven Lehmann
Jens Kaiser

Der Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court ist der älteste, größte und renommierteste Moot Court weltweit. Gegründet im Jahr 1959 von Studenten der Harvard University, Columbia University und der University of Virginia, hat er sich zu einem globalen Wettbewerb mit über 550 teilnehmenden Universitäten aus mehr als 80 Ländern entwickelt. Der Jessup wird von der International Law Students Association (ILSA) ausgerichtet und findet jährlich in Washington, D.C. statt. Die FSU Jena nimmt seit 1998 mit herausragendem Erfolg teil.

Die Jenaer Teams werden von Professor Burke betreut. Informationen zum Wettbewerb finden Sie hier.

Bei Fragen wenden Sie sich bitte jederzeit an Ivan Lazarov ().


Das Law & Language Center bietet Studenten der Rechtswissenschaft die Möglichkeit, ausländisches Recht in der Landessprache zu studieren und einen Sprachschein für das erste Staatsexamen zu erwerben. 

Professor Burke ist Leiter des Law & Language Center, dessen Website sie hier aufrufen können.