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Public International Law, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #101 (ARWU) Göttingen, Germany
The Law Faculty of the Georg-August University Göttingen welcomes the application of students pursuing a doctorate degree in the fields of international law, European law and comparative law and intending to write their doctoral thesis in English. 
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Overview

  • The three year PhD programme in Public International Law includes classes in the different areas of international law as well as a variety of courses organized by the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences.
  • The programme and the various options covering a broad range of subjects are described on this webpage. Thank you for your interest. If the programme suits you, we are looking forward to receiving your application in due course.
  • The Law Faculty of the Georg-August University Göttingen welcomes the application of students pursuing a doctorate degree in the fields of international law, European law and comparative law and intending to write their doctoral thesis in English.
  • The objective of the six semesters programme is to prepare students for a successful legal career in academia and international practice. By providing courses for academic research and additional skills the programme will help students to gain an in-depth understanding of international law in general and their field of specialization in particular. The University of Göttingen and the Institute of International and European Law have a strong tradition in international law which dates back to 1737. Today, the Institute covers research in many fields of international law, such as general international law, human rights law, international economic and environmental law, European law and international criminal law. The doctoral candidates will be fully integrated into the academic life of the Institute of International and European Law and will benefit from and contribute to the intellectual exchange there.
  • While conducting their research studies doctoral students can rely on guidance offered by the dedicated and experienced members of the programme committee, who are involved both in theory and practice in their respective fields. A structured approach which includes constant feedback through discussions, evaluation of preliminary conclusions and presentations will help doctoral students on their way to accomplish their research project and ensure profound academic results. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    24 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Doctoral Colloquium: on current developments of Public International Law (Human Rights - International Economic and Environmental Law - International Criminal Law)
  • Seminar for Doctoral Students (each semester)
  • Discussion groups
  • Cases and Developments in Public International Law (summer, winter) 
  • Cases and Developments in International Criminal Law (summer)
  • Cases and Developments in International Economic Law (summer)
  • Public International Law II (summer)
  • Individuals in Public International Law (winter)
  • Project Management in International Contexts
  • Motivation and Success: Mastering Difficult Situations with More Ease
  • Academic Writing: Effective Strategies for Publishing in English
  • Slide writing - Optimize your own academic presentation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Tuition Fee

Living costs for Göttingen

  • 730 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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