Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Koller

together with Queen Mary University of London

030298 SE Seminar on Civil Procedure Law -  International Dispute Resolution (for undergraduate and graduate students)


2 Stunde(n), 4 ECTS-Punke

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Unterrichtssprache: Englisch und Deutsch


Beschränkte Teilnehmerzahl: max. 10 TeilnehmerInnen

Seminartermin: Jänner 2021

Ort: Wien

Vorbesprechung am Do, 15.10.2020, 15.00 - 16.00 Uhr, Sem42


Hinweis: Das Referat kann sowohl in englischer als auch in deutscher Sprache gehalten werden.




Please apply between 1st and 5th October 2020 via email to petra.peirleitner@univie.ac.at and also register on u:space.

Since the number of participants is limited, ten students will be chosen based on objective criteria. These objective criteria are in particular academic success, the progress of studies and the language skills of the student. Therefore, interested students are asked to submit their CV and a transcript of records (Sammelzeugnis) together with their application for the course to petra.peirleitner@univie.ac.at.

Aim and content of the course

The course aims to teach students the ability to independently analyze legal problems in an academic manner and to present the results of such analysis. The course covers legal problems that have emerged in case law and legal literature or that stem from recent legislative reforms. It focuses on pervasive problems in international dispute resolution, for instance with regard to the conclusion of arbitration agreements and choice of court agreements, parallel proceedings in different jurisdictions , cross-border taking of evidence and so forth. Legal issues will also be analyzed from a comparative law perspective. Students should, therefore, be willing to (and capable of) work(ing) in foreign languages and to research legal resources from different jurisdictions. Potential topics will be further defined in the course of the first meeting. Students may also submit suggestions for topics.


Course schedule

The first session, taking place on 8 October 2020 in Vienna is dedicated to the selection and distribution of topics. Following the first session, undergraduate students will have to independently research case law and literature concerning their topic and draft a research paper. The research paper’s results will then be presented in the course of a two days session scheduled for January 2021 in London. Each presentation will be followed by a discussion. Graduate students do not have to submit a research paper. They will only have to present the result of their research during the sessions indicated.


Assessment criteria

To pass the course undergraduate students are required to submit a research paper in accordance with the principles of good scientific practice and the quality criteria laid down in section 22 of the curriculum for undergraduate studies of law at the University of Vienna. Each performance, i.e. research paper and presentation, will be assessed individually. The research paper determines 70 percent and the presentation 30 percent of the final assessment (grade). Graduate students will be assessed on the basis of their presentation only.


Mandatory participation

Participants will generally have to be present during all sessions to obtain a certificate.