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Summer School - International Law without Territory? – Governing Spaces, Resources and People Beyond the Confines of State Territory, 31 July - 14 August 2019, Germany

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich


Deadline:

May 01, 2019

Event Date:

July 31, 2019 - August 14, 2019


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8th Munich Advanced Course in International Law (MACIL)

“International law without territory? – Governing spaces, resources and people beyond the confines of state territory”

In the 2019 course, the MACIL classes are going to question the importance of “territory” in the current framework of the international legal order. Seminars will look into the regulation of “spaces” (e.g. governance of the high seas), the regulation of “resources” and their use (e.g. the regulation of foreign investments), and the governance of “people” (e.g. in the context of refugee movements). The ongoing significance of the concept of territory will be discussed not only from a theoretical perspective, but also with a view to its practical implications in different areas of international law. Classes will also explore areas in which the territorial focus of international law is increasingly replaced by alternative (e.g. “transnational”) modes of governance. 

Programme in General

The ever-growing importance of public international law can be illustrated in many ways: institutions like the World Bank, the IMF or the WTO have had a profound impact on the economic and financial systems of nations; international human rights law and international criminal law have rapidly evolved and expanded during the last decades; and the UN Security Council has developed into what some call a ‘world legislature’. Thus, public international law is a topic which merits a closer look, not only within the regular law curriculum but also outside the constraints of the university term.

Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich is a leading German university and home to a large community of scholars engaged in international law, international relations and related fields of study. With its rich heritage – famous international lawyers such as Erich Kaufmann and Bruno Simma held a chair at LMU – and the excellent research facilities provided by the exhaustive library, LMU is an ideal place to study international law. Last but not least, the city in the heart of Bavaria is a fantastic place to stay and an open place for international encounters. 

The Munich Advanced Course in International Law offers an opportunity to dedicate two weeks to an intense and in-depth study of public international law. The summer school is run by LMU’s Institute of International Law. It takes place in early August and is entirely taught in English. For the MACIL course, distinguished lecturers (both academics and practitioners) from all over the world join the group and present their research to participants. The class is usually composed of 30 to 35 students, allowing for a close exchange of ideas between lecturers and students. In preceding years, participants have included advanced undergraduates, PhD students and young professionals from the fields of international law and international relations. Our students have come from almost any part of the world. 

Academic Programme

Title: “International law without territory? – Governing spaces, resources and people beyond the confines of state territory”

In the traditional system of international law, the concept of territory serves as a fundamental principle for the determination of legitimate state authority. Yet this traditional system also struggles to come to terms with numerous problems that transcend the boundaries of individual states. Such problems that are “global” or “trans-boundary” by nature include the regulation of the Internet, the establishment of legal frameworks for marine areas, and the handling of challenges like anthropogenic climate change.  

In the 2019 course, the MACIL classes are going to question the importance of “territory” in the current framework of the international legal order. Seminars will look into the regulation of “spaces” (e.g. governance of the high seas), the regulation of “resources” and their use (e.g. the regulation of foreign investments), and the governance of “people” (e.g. in the context of refugee movements). The ongoing significance of the concept of territory will be discussed not only from a theoretical perspective, but also with a view to its practical implications in different areas of international law. Classes will also explore areas in which the territorial focus of international law is increasingly replaced by alternative (e.g. “transnational”) modes of governance. 


  • Regulating the cyberspace as a “ubiquitous” and non-territorial space? 
  • Refugees at sea: At the interface of the law of the sea, refugee law and international human rights law  
  • Governing extra-terrestrial areas: The resurgent interest in resources located on celestial bodies  
  • Addressing collective problems of mankind: Climate change as a challenge to international law
  • Investment law as a transnational legal regime?
  • Governing migration in an era of large-scale refugee movements 
  • Exclusive, dual and multiple citizenship(s): The diminished importance of citizenship as a fundamental determinant of state authority
  • The concept of “jurisdiction” as the governing principle for the legitimate exercise of public authority

In order to get an impression of the MACIL programme, please refer to the ‘Gallery’ pages. 

Target Group

MACIL summer school aims at presenting current and highly debated topics of Public International Law.

Thus, participation requires at least a basic knowledge of Public International Law.However, Master or equivalent grades in the field of Public International Law are not necessary, although they may serve as an advantage in the application process. In any event an advanced (or at least intermediate) knowledge of English is required. Please note that all MACIL courses and lectures will be held in English and the (facultative) essay is also expected to be written in English. 

Graduate students of law or any related field (e.g. International Relations) and academics that work in the field of Public International Law are warmly invited to apply for participation. Undergraduate students of law or a related field may also apply if they already have substantial experience in their studies and are able to show a keen interest in Public International Law. We also invite practitioners, having experience in any field of Public International Law, to apply for participation in the upcoming MACIL programme.

Fees & Payment

  • Registration fee: € 200,00
  • Tuition: € 525,00
  • Housing fee: € 410,00

The tuition covers:

  • academic programme as well as curricular excursions
  • course reading materials
  • public transportation ticket for the city of Munich
  • transfer by bus, board and lodging of the opening retreat in Burghausen
  • mensa and cafeteria access
  • internet access at the student residence (LAN) and university (WiFi)
  • library access
  • tutors and emergency contact

The tuition does not cover:

  • costs of travel from your home country to Munich and back
  • meals, except during the opening retreat
  • participation in extracurricular excursions: day trip to castle Neuschwanstein (35€)

Waiver

A limited number of tuition fee waivers are available, ranging from partial tuition fee waivers of 50% up to full (100%) tuition fee waivers. Tuition waivers will be awarded on the basis of the overall quality of applications.

Applicants who wish to apply for a tuition fee waiver should check the waiver application box during the online application. No extra application is necessary. 

Deadline for application:

First application period: April 1, 2019, 12:00 pm CEST (noon)
Second application period: May 1, 2019, 12:00 pm CEST (noon)

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.


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Publish Date
March 11, 2019




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