Academic Programme

Multilateralism under Pressure – What is the Future Role of International Law?

This program will examine the trend in recent years to resort to power politics rather than multilateral solutions in international relations. Topics would include, inter alia, questioning the steadfastness of the prohibition of the use of force or examining institutional challenges which the ICC and WTO dispute settlement are currently facing.

The 2022 course will take place partly as online course and partly as on-campus course in Munich. The first part of the program will consist of the introductory course and one or two lectures, held via “zoom”, and the second part of the program, covering the week from 1 -5 August,  will be held at the Faculty of Law in Munich.


Lectures: 9:00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

  • “We the Peoples of the United Nations”? The State of the UN as a Forum of Multilateralism in a Shifting International Environment
  • Art. 2 (4) UN-Charter under Pressure: How Relevant is the Prohibition of the Threat or Use of Force today?
  • From Proliferation of Free-Trade-Agreements to the Obstruction of the Appellate Body – Is the Future of the World Trade Order in Jeopardy? 
  • Between Rise and Decline: Where Do the ICC and International Criminal Law Currently Stand?
  • Fighting Climate Change as a Global Community – Is the Paris Agreement up for the Challenge? 
  • Facing Denunciations and Noncooperation – Can the High Expectations of Human Rights still be met?