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  


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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




 Info: Studienfahrt nach Dublin

Anfang Oktober wird während der vorlesungsfreien Zeit eine Studienfahrt nach Dublin angeboten. Weitere Details finden sie hier.

Dublin, 1st-6th October 2018

During the first week of October, a group of twelve students from the International Legal Studies (LL.B.) programme travelled to Ireland, together with Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke and Mr. Andrew Otto. The academic trip was filled with a variety of different visits and tours, intended to enhance the content of the course by providing a type of information hard to convey in the classroom, as well as a window into the common law world. In the post-Brexit context, it was important to convey to students that careers in the common law within the European Union are possible in non-UK jurisdictions.

On Tuesday, the 2nd, Trinity College, Dublin welcomed us with a thorough visit, led by Nicolas Koerrenz, a student from Jena undertaking an Erasmus year in Dublin. This was followed by a guided tour of government buildings: the group visited the Dáil (lower house) and Seanad (upper house) of Parliament and had an interesting conversation with Michael O’Sullivan, of the parliament’s legal research team, as well as enjoying a coffee and a chat with some of the parliamentary staff.

Wednesday the 3rd involved an early start, as the group travelled across the (still invisible) border to Belfast in Northern Ireland, where the students undertook a city tour, involving a trip to the stunning parliament buildings at Stormont, and (briefly!) passing the Titanic Experience, as well as the set of Game of Thrones. However, the trip’s most memorable element was the tour of the post-conflict areas of Belfast, where it was readily apparent, twenty years after the Belfast Agreement, that Northern Ireland is just as divided as it was before the historic deal.

Thursday the 4th proved the most exciting the group: we met at the Four Courts, location of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Dublin Circuit Court. We had the privilege not only of witnessing the everyday routine – which is everything, but ordinary – of the centre of the Nation’s juridical world, but also had the honour of being introduced to the Hon. Mr. Justice Peter Charleton, Judge of the Supreme Court, and taking tea and coffee in his chambers, while he gave us a blow-by-blow account of his most famous case, the so-called ‘Black Widow’ Catherine Nevin affair.

The group then moved on to the Central Criminal Court, located in the Criminal Courts of Justice, where Her Honour Judge Karen O’Connor (Circuit Criminal Court) and The Hon. Mr. Justice Robert Eagar (High Court) invited us to the judge’s lounge to discuss criminal procedure and the complications arising in the criminal courts. Later, the group split, with some students assisting at a murder trial, while others watched an experienced barrister deftly and clevery cross-examine a prosecution witness during a serious assault trial (which made it to the national newspapers in Ireland a couple of days later). The courts service even provided a German national – Ms Annika Stephan – to help escort us.

The presentation at the Irish Law Reform Commission was definitely another highlight of the trip: Commissioner Raymond Byrne introduced us to this essential institution for the country, explaining its function and its remarkable successes in detail and patiently answered our many questions. Commissioner Byrne also provided us with insights into the Commission’s report on Harmful Communications and Digital Safety, and offered free copies of Commission publications for the students to take away. Ms. Ciara Dowd and Prof. Dr. Burke fascinated us with their discussion of the academic, yet also practically fruitful work of the legal research team and how it is overseen. This offered new perspectives on legal careers beyond what many of the students had previously considered.

Our last stop on Friday the 5th was at the law firm Mason, Hayes and Curran, where we were met in the senior boardroom by Mr. Oliver FitzGerald and Mr. Alan Burns. These two experienced solicitors provided insights into the legal profession in Ireland, and opened our eyes to the large law firms operating in this jurisdiction and the many career paths that might be pursued in them. The specific areas of real estate management and aircraft leasing (the latter accounting for more than 1% of Ireland’s GDP) were discussed in detail, and the presentation helped us to understand the challenges and the legal and commercial imperatives ruling the world of international investments.

Finally, a word to the social side. Our accommodation in the centre of the city provided us students with a real Dublin experience, allowing us to explore Dublin each evening in the company of Prof. Dr. Burke (a local) and Mr. Otto (an enthusiast). This, alongside the aforementioned highlights of the week, meant that this trip will rank as an important—and enjoyable—element of our LLB experience.

Chiara Ferrari

Dublin Reise

With Mr. Justice Peter Charleton, October 2018.


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 Wintersemester 2018/2019 bietet Professor Burke folgende Lehrveranstaltungen an: 

The following courses are offered in the winter semester 2018/2019:


WTO Law (SPB 2, 4, 6)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke

Times and location: Monday, 08:00 - 10:00, SR 206


This course will focus on the World Trade Organisation and its legal system.


Any recent text on WTO law will be sufficient for this class.

Introduction to the English Legal System II

Lehrender: Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke

Zeit und Ort: Monday, 10:00 - 12:00, SR 314


This course is intended principally for LLB students, and will offer a comprehensive introduction to the English legal system. It may also be taken by students in the Law and Language Programme, and for the Sprachenschein.


Gary Slapper and David Kelly, Introduction to the English Legal System, Sixteenth Edition Routledge Publishing (2015)

Introduction to the English Legal System I

Lehrender: Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke

Zeit und Ort: Monday, 12:00 - 14:00, HS 3


This course is intended principally for LLB students, and will offer a comprehensive introduction to the English legal system. It may also be taken by students in the Law and Language Programme, and for the Sprachenschein.


Gary Slapper and David Kelly, Introduction to the English Legal System, Sixteenth Edition Routledge Publishing (2015)

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

Lehrender: Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke

Zeit und Ort: Monday, 14:00 - 16:00, SR 274


This weekly reading group will bring together students to read the great modern works of public international law. Past titles have included Koskenniemi’s „From Apology to Utopia“ and „The Gentle Civilizer of Nations“. Reading will be done by everyone in the group in advance, and a two-hour lively discussion will follow each week. This course will deal with a number of contemporary issues in public international law in detail, including the management of international waterways, law of the sea, armed conflicts, and territorial issues. This is a reading group, and will involve engaged discussion.

This course will offer a specialised treatment of a number of contemporary problems in public international law, with a particular focus on recent events. These will include: treaty interpretation and applicability in the face of changed circumstances; the propriety and legality of counter-measures; and procedural and substantive legal issues raised by the secession of a province from one country and its annexation by another. Case studies will be used in order to broaden students’ knowledge of the discipline, and attendees will be expected to present work during seminars. Active participation is essential.

It should be repeated that this course is intended to be run essentially as a reading group, with the students preparing assigned materials in advance. The teaching method is dynamic and modern, and lively discussions should result.


Literature will be assigned week-by-week, as articles to be read in advance.

Jessup International Moot Court Training

Lehrender: Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke

Zeit und Ort: Freitag, 12:00 - 14:00, SR 221


This course is intended as a key component of the preparation activities for the Jessup Moot Court Team, and will be offered to team members. It will consist of trial pleadings, skills training, and guidance on how to write excellent memorials and deal with situations involving multi-source legal reasoning.


White & Case Jessup Guide: http://jessup.whitecase.com/newsdetail.aspx?news=2450

Land Law (L&L/Bachelor)

Lehrender: Dr. Stephen Swann

Zeit und Ort: Monday, 16:00 - 18:00, SR 223 // Wednesday, 10:00 - 12:00, SR 274


This module examines the framework and main building blocks of English property law as it relates to land. The first half of the course addresses the basic framework and apparatus of land law in England and Wales – the fundamental concepts, rules, and processes, which determine (i) what ‘land’ means as the subject-matter of a property right, (ii) what types of property right in land are recognized, (iii) how such rights are created and transferred, (iv) the forms of co-ownership, and (v) the relationship between competing rights in land (be it different types of property right or different claims to a right of the same type). The remainder of the course is devoted to a detailed consideration in turn of the main types of property right, such as those of tenants and secured lenders as well as the limited rights of use or control typically granted to neighbouring landowners. The module aims to foster critical analysis of legal development in this field in its historical and socio-economic context. Across the teaching sessions there will be opportunity to assess understanding by applying the law to problem scenarios.


Chris Bevan, Land Law, Oxford University Press (2018). Students should also purchase a copy of a property law statute book, such as Meryl Thomas (ed.), Blackstone’s Statutes on Property Law2018-2019, 26th edn, Oxford University Press (2018), which will also be essential for study on the Equity and Trusts module.

Criminal Law (L&L/Bachelor)

Lehrender: Dr. Stephen Swann

Zeit und Ort: Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:00, SR 206 // Thursday, 08:00 - 10:00, SR 206


This course studies the general principles of the criminal law of England and Wales and the specific substantive law for offences against the person and property which form its core. Beginning with a consideration of the purpses and procedural framework of the criminal law, initial lectures will focus on the fundamental concepts and general principles of liability and illustrate these in the context of, and by reviewing, the law on homicide and assaults. Study of the general principles of "basic" criminal liability will conclude with a scrutiny of issues of capacity and defences. The second part of the lectures will consider in turn the law specific to other core offences ranging from sexual offences through criminal damage to theft, fraud and kindred offences of taking and dishonesty. In the final lectures the focus returns to the general part of the criminal law by considering "derivative" criminal liability, namely liability based on initiation of, or involvement, in criminal activity (accessory and inchoate offences). Lectures will highlight problems of theory and practice in the law. Understanding will be supported by practice opportunities to apply the law to problem scenarios as well as exploration of debates and difficulties in the current rules.


David Ormerod and Karl Laird, Smith, Hogan and Ormerod's Criminal Law, 15th edn, Oxford University Press (2018)

Students should also purchase a copy of a criminal law statute book, such as Matthew Dyson (ed.), Blackstone's Statutes on Criminal Law 2018-2019, 28th edn, Oxford University Press (2018).


Sekretärin        Studentische Hilfskraft       Studentische Hilfskraft              

Birgit David

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


    Katja Dahl

  Marlene Hecker

Öffnungszeiten des Sekretariats:

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

    Martha Routen

  Chiara Ferrari








Ehemalige Mitarbeiter:

Julian Werner

Sven Lehmann

Jens Kaiser

Lydia von der Weth

Kristina Ogonyants

Ivan Lazarov

Claudia Muttin

Arne Hettwer

Lena Hakmann

Jessup Logo 




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.

Der komplett englischsprachige Wettbewerb beginnt im September mit der Veröffentlichung des Sachverhalts (Compromis). Dabei geht es immer um eine Streitigkeit zwischen zwei fiktiven Staaten, wobei verschiedene Probleme des Völkerrechts relevant sind. So wird sich beispielsweise der nächste Fall unter anderem mit den rechtlichen Problemen von Sezession und Annexion der Provinz eines Staates befassen. Der Rechtsstreit ist eingekleidet in das prozessuale Gerüst des Internationalen Gerichtshofes (IGH), das Rechtsprechungsorgan der Vereinten Nationen.
Zwischen September und Januar verfassen die Teams ihre Schriftsätze (Memorials), sowohl für den Kläger als auch den Beklagten. Im Anschluss bereiten sich die Teilnehmer intensiv auf die National Rounds in Deutschland, die im Zeitraum Februar/März stattfinden, vor. Die besten Teams reisen dann nach Washington, D.C., um dort bei den International Rounds Deutschland zu vertreten. Dabei halten die Studenten ihre Plädoyers vor Richterbänken, die mit prominenten Rechtswissenschaftlern und juristischen Praktikern besetzt sind, darunter oft auch amtierende und ehemalige Richter des IGH.

Am deutschen Vorausscheid nehmen über 20 deutsche Universitäten teil und zusammen mit der Universität Heidelberg ist die FSU Jena der erfolgreichste deutsche Jessup-Teilnehmer überhaupt. Seit der ersten Teilnahme 1998 konnte Jena die National Rounds fünf Mal gewinnen und insgesamt neun Mal an den International Rounds teilnehmen. Allein in den letzten fünf Jahren erreichten Jenaer Studenten in Deutschland immer das Halbfinale, gewannen die National Rounds drei Mal und fuhren vier Mal nach Washington, D.C.
Bei den International Rounds konnten Jenaer Teams sich bereits mehmals unter mehr als 120 Universitäten für die Runde der besten 32 qualifizieren. Für ihre Schriftsätze erreichen unsere Studtenten regelmäßig Platzierungen unter den Top 10, und auch unter den 100 besten Rednern der International Rounds finden sich immer wieder Studenten aus Jena.

Der Jessup Moot Court wird betreut von Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke, LL.M.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der Website des Jenaer Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Teams.



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.