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Theses and PhD


Master theses ('Diplomarbeiten') and dissertations in International Law are supervised by

Supervision by other members of the insitute or external lecturers is possible in principle, depending on their capacity and expertise.


General requirements

The following paragraphs depict the general supervision requirements. For further prerequisites of the respective supervisor please click on the above links (in process).

Students are expected to have:

  • taken the seminar "Methodik und Praxis des Wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens";
  • sucessfully completed the "Fachprüfung Völkerrecht" with good results;
  • it is of benefit to have attended other courses in International Law.

The topic of the thesis can  be chosen autonomously, however, in consultation with the supervisor. Suitable topics are best identified by attending advanced courses in International Law. When requesting thesis supervision, it is best to already have a proposed topic and a general outline. Theses can also be written in English.

After having agreed on a provisional topic, a search request on UNIKAT has to be conducted to ensure that the topic has not yet been allocated to another student. The results of the UNIKAT search has to be presented to the supervisor. Within two months of the provisional assignment of the topic students are expected to submit a disposition, as otherwise the topic can be assigned to someone else.



The disposition serves to structure the concept and planning process and must contain:

  • (provisional) topic
  • name of the student and of the supervisor, date
  • depiction of issues, research question(s) and methodology
  • structure and clarification of the (provisional) structure
  • provisional table of contents and expected scope
  • provisonal bibliography
  • time schedule (should normally not extend 6 months for a master thesis)

For more information on citing, research and writing please see:

Anleitung zur Nutzung von Datenbanken (German Only)

- Hinweise zur Abfassung v. Diplomarbeiten & Dissertationen im Völkerrecht (German Only)

Internet as a research tool

Vorschläge zur Zitierweise bei völkerrechtlichen Arbeiten (German Only)

Citations in international law

Using and citing sources correctly

OSCOLA 2006 - Citing International Law Sources (Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities)

- Grundsätze zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis und zur Vermeidung von Fehlverhalten in der Wissenschaft

Supervision and assessment

Regular contacts (during the office hours or on appointment) and reports on the current status of the thesis are expected. For preliminary correction the thesis must be submitted electronically to the respective supervisor. For the final submission please see the information of the Referat für Studium und Lehre. At least 4 weeks should be scheduled for the final review by the supervisor, unless otherwise agreed.



A meeting for the defensio is to be arranged after submitting the thesis. The oral defensio consists of an introductory presentation (max. 15 min.) to present the general research results, followed by a discussion. A handout (max. 2 pages) should be provided. 


For more information please see the website of the Dean's office.

The above information also applies to dissertations.



Manuela Rusz

Institut für Völkerrecht und Internationale Beziehungen
Universitätsstraße 15/A4
8010 Graz

Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 3418

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