Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Koller

together with the Queen Mary University of London

030298 SE Seminar on Civil Procedure - Focus on: International Dispute Resolution

(for undergraduate and graduate students)


2 Stunde(n), 4 ECTS-Punke

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Unterrichtssprache: Englisch


Beschränkte Teilnehmerzahl: max. 10 TeilnehmerInnen

Seminartermin: Jänner 2023

Ort: London

Vorbesprechung: Donnerstag, 13.10.2022, 13.00 - 14.00 Uhr, Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG SEM31


Please apply between 12 Sept and 11 Oct 2022 via email to anita.bernhardt@univie.ac.at and register on u:space.

Ten students will be chosen based on objective criteria (in particular: academic success, the progress of studies, language skills). Interested students are asked to submit their CV and a transcript of records (Sammelzeugnis) together with their application for the course.

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 work in English 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 13 October 2022 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-day session scheduled for January 2023 in London. Each presentation will be followed by a discussion. Undergraduate students have to submit their research paper until the end of the semester. 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. 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.