General information - International


The international orientation of the Faculty


The Law Faculty of Christian-Albrechts-University has a long tradition of international orientation. In 1914 Kiel University founded the first Institute of International Law at a German university, dealing at that time both with public international law and private international law (with a particular focus on maritime law). This institute still exists today – under the name of Walther-Schuecking-Institute for International Law – and is one of the most renowned German institutes of public international law.


Additionally the Faculty later founded other specialized institutes:  the Institute of East European Law, the Institute for European and International Private and Procedural Law as well as the Institute of Social Insurance Law and Social Insurance Policy in Europe. The majority of professors at the Faculty have, even if they do not work at one of the above-mentioned institutes, a proven working interest in different areas of international law (e.g.  professor Hoyer – international criminal law, professor Meyer-Pritzl – French law).

The Faculty offers numerous teaching units (classes, seminars, etc.) with an international or comparative orientation, both in the basic part of the study and in advanced study areas (e.g. public international law and European law, private international law and comparative law). Classes on foreign legal terminology have to be taken by all students in the frame of a so-called „key qualification” program. Several classes and seminars at the Faculty in the fields of international and comparative law are taught in English – with rising tendency. As a special teaching offer to improve knowledge and experience with regard to foreign legal terminology in different areas of the law the Faculty offers a certificate program in foreign legal terminology (FFA-program). Students with a particular interest in East European law can participate in a certificate program „East European law“, which is organized by several German universities and the University of Saltzburg (Austria). The Faculty endorses the participation of Kiel students in international moot courts (e.g. the Philip Jessup Moot Court on public international law and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot).

CAU Vis Team

The Law Faculty of Kiel University was one of the first German faculties to set-up an LL.M. program for graduates of a study of law (as well as, under certain conditions, for graduates of a study of international relations) from universities abroad. The Faculty entertains numerous cooperations with foreign faculties. Faculty partnerships have been concluded with the universities of St. Petersburg (Russia), Marrakesh (Morocco) and Zhejiang (China). In addition partnership agreements have been concluded on the level of the university as a whole with a considerable number of other universities, in particular with universities in the Baltic Sea Area (e.g. the universities of Kaliningrad, Copenhagen, Lund, Poznan and Tartu), but also in Western Europe, the U.S., China and Russia (e.g. Irkutsk University). Further international contacts and cooperation agreements exist on the level of institutes, e.g. at the Institute of East European Law or at Walther-Schuecking-Institute for International Law.

Within the ERASMUS program of the European Union and other specific exchange programs students are offered possibilities for study abroad in CAU partner universities in Western or Eastern Europe, the U.S., China and other world regions. A specific exchange program is the Paris Geneva Kiel program coached by professor Prof. Meyer-Pritzl.


Furthermore, the Faculty runs a program "Law in the Baltic Sea Area”, in which law faculties from all countries of the Baltic Sea Area participate.

The international activities and contacts of the Faculty in the field of legal science are as ample as in teaching. Numerous professors of the Faculty regularly teach classes at foreign partner universities or give lectures abroad or publish on topics of international and comparative law, also in foreign law journals and other international publications.  Regularly, visiting scholars from abroad (e.g. from the U.S, Russia or the Baltic Sea area) do research or give lectures at the Faculty. Some faculty members participate in the process of granting study or research scholarships by German or international foundations. Numerous professors of the Faculty also coach foreign LL.M. students or Ph.D. candidates. Several professors of the faculty or institutes are active in structured research projects (e.g. Professor Proelss in the cluster of excellence "The Future Ocean" and the Institute of East European Law in a multilateral research project on foreign investment law financed by Volkswagen Foundation). The Faculty or its institutes regularly organize symposia or larger conferences on topics of international or comparative law (e.g. in 2009 a conference on legal issues of the Baltic Sea gas pipeline, in 2010 a conference on problems of foreign investment law).

Baltic Sea Pipeline Conference 2009

Some institutes regularly organize series of lectures about topical legal issues (e.g. the series of lectures “Topical Issues of Public International Law” at the Walther-Schuecking-Institute). The Faculty also entertains contacts with international organizations.

Why are these international activities useful for students?

The number of legal problems, which have an international (or at least European) dimension, is ever growing. Many interesting legal professions require at least good knowledge of English and, moreover, a proven background of education in international and comparative law. The Faculty views it as its duty to prepare its students for such professional tasks. Independently from such concrete professional aspirations, study abroad or any other international contact during study (e.g. by taking upon oneself a tutorship for foreign students) considerably widens one’s views and thereby indirectly improves professional chances later-on.

Why are the international activities at the Law Faculty relevant for the University as a whole?

The renown of a university – and thereby its position in international competition for financial means in order to create optimal conditions for study and research – depends today to a considerable degree on the quality of the internationally oriented teaching at university and on the degree of participation of university teachers in international professional discussions. By its broad and intensive international activities the Law Faculty actively contributes to the general endeavours of Christian-Albrechts-University to consolidate and further develop its position in comparison with other universities.

Institutions and individual professors of the Faculty having a particularly strong orientation towards international issues and contacts:

Walther-Schuecking-Institute for International Law: professor Giegerich (public international law and European Law), professor Odendahl (public international law and European law; as from summer semester 2011), professor Proelss (international law of the Sea)

Institute of East European Law: professor Trunk (East European law, private international law, other areas of comparative law)

Institute of Business and Tax Law Including Economic Crimes Law: professor Hoyer (international criminal law)

Institute of European and International Private and Procedural Law: professor Einsele (international and comparative banking law), professor Schack (international litigation, international and comparative copyright law)

Institute of Social Insurance Law and Social Insurance Policy in Europe: professor Igl (international social insurance law)

Professors of the Faculty, whose chairs are part of the "Juridic Seminar", i.e. outside the above-mentioned Institutes (non-exhaustive enumeration):

Professor Alexy (legal philosophy)

Professor Becker (European economic law, English law)

Professor Meyer-Pritzl (European legal history with particular focus upon Roman law; French law)

Prof. Schäfer (European legal history, private insurance law)


Contact persons:

Questions relating to the international teaching and exchange programs of the Law Faculty (e.g. the LL.M. program and exchange within the ERASMUS program) are primarily answered by Walther-Schuecking-Institute, which fulfils this function on behalf of the Faculty. Contact person: Ms. Carmen Thies, Walther-Schücking-Institut für Internationales Recht, email:, tel. +49-431-880-1733. See also the website of Walther-Schuecking-Institute at

Questions relating to the exchange with universities in Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea area can also be addressed to the Institute of East European Law, email:, tel. +49-431-880-2886. See also the website of the Institute at

Questions relating to the Paris-Geneva-Kiel-Program of the Faculty and other aspects of contacts with French-speaking universities can also be addressed to professor Dr. Rudolf Meyer-Pritzl, email:, tel. +49-431-880-3580.

Questions relating to specific topics regarding the international activities of particular professors or institutes should be addressed to the respective persons or institutions.