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Courses Dana Schmalz,

University Jena, fall term 2021/2022  

Human Rights Law                                                  

Thursday, 6-8pm à International Legal Studies

The course is dedicated to human rights as an important field of law, with some surrounding considerations of the history and theory of human rights. Human rights are understood to protect basic human needs: this includes the right to life, the prohibition of torture, the prohibition of slavery, but also freedom of religion, rights to privacy, freedom of expression, of assembly and of association – to name but a few fundamental human rights. For each of these rights, questions of interpretation arise. Moreover, human rights are often faced with the tension between their universalist claim (all humans should be protected in those rights) and the limited scope of state obligations (not all states are obligated to protect the rights of all individuals). This leads to questions about the reach of human rights, alternative or overlapping responsibility for human rights violations, and the relationship of human rights and other international law (for instance states’ duty to implement a UN Security Council resolution). The course will equip students with an overall understanding of human rights law: its sources, its history, some principal cases, and basic lines of debates in the field. --


 Current Issues in International Law                   


Monday, 12 -14pm à International Legal Studies

The course will look at different fields of international law through the consideration of current issues. This includes topis as varied as international law and climate protection, space law, business and human rights, animal rights in international law, international health law (and current issues of vaccinations), problems of the law of the sea, questions of migration, and international trade law. Starting from topical problems, the course will provide an overview on international law: important international treaties, its key institutions including international courts, and the history of its development. The aim is for students to gain a basic understanding of international law and its relevance for contemporary challenges.  --


 International and European Refugee Law (SPB 6), HS 8 Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3           

Wednesday, 4-6pm à International Legal Studies, à Specialization International Law 

The course is an in-depth exploration of international and European refugee law. Starting from the history of international refugee protection, the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol, students will gain an understanding of the foundations and structure of international refugee law. The course will consider developing interpretations of the refugee concept and examine the legal frameworks for contemporary issues in refugee law: the conditions of refugee camps, international responsibility-sharing, the developments around the Global Compact on Refugees. Moreover, the course will look at the role of human rights law for refugee protection, with a focus on Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In that connection, the situation at the external borders of the European Union will be examined. A last part of the course will turn to European Asylum Law, especially to the Dublin Regulation and legal questions that arose around Dublin returns in recent years. The course is directed both at participants from the Law and Language program and at participants from the Specialization International Law. Accordingly, it will not require prior knowledge of international law or European Union law; however, for those coming with prior knowledge it will offer ample opportunity for applying that knowledge and delving deeper into the issues.


Research seminar (in person): 24 February, 3-6.30pm, 25 February, 9am-12.30pm

Together on Earth: International Law in an Interconnected World (SPB 6)

Dear students,  

Introductory meeting:            

Wed., 20 October, 3 pm, Dates of the seminar:             

Wed., 24 February 2022, 3pm – 6.30pm Thurs., SR 121, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3  

Friday, 25 February 2022, 9am – 12.30pm, SR 121, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3     

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