Topic outline

  • General Information

    The seminar „International Criminal Justice“ is usually organised by the University of Vienna (Prof. Frank Höpfel, Prof. Gerhard Hafner, Prof. Ursula Kriebaum, Dr. Andrea Lehner) in collaboration with the Universität der Bundeswehr München (Prof. Christina Binder) and the University of Fribourg (Prof. Gerhard Fiolka).

  • Subjects

    Here is the list of topics. For the "Secret Seminar", you may also make your own suggestions.
  • Seminar Paper

    Participants are expected to write a paper on their subject of 40‘000-50‘000 signs (ca. 13-17 pages, whenever possible before the seminar in Vienna). They will present their subject at the seminar and participate actively in the discussions.

    Papers for the «Secret Seminar» can be handed in any time before or after the seminar. Please note that the paper must be handed in at least one month before any grades need to be entered. Handing in an electronic version to is sufficient.

    Papers for the seminar in Vienna need to be in english. Papers for the «Secret Seminar» can be handed in in other languages (e.g. german, french) as well.

    Successful participants will be awarded 5 ECTS for the seminar (art. 13a RRS/RED).

    Participants‘ work will be assessed based on their seminar paper and the oral presentation at the seminar.

    Provided the paper is handed in before the seminar in Vienna grades should be available for the 2nd exam session 2024. Papers can also be handed in later.

  • Presentation

    Presentations should be up to 15 minutes.

    If you have a powerpoint presentation please have it ready on an USB device.

    You should be ready to present from the beginning of the seminar. Schedules are approximative and subject to change.

  • Seminar

    There are several alternative options for taking this seminar:

    • The joint seminar session in Vienna is scheduled for June 19-21, 2024 (Wednesday-Friday). The seminar will include a visit to the UN Building in Vienna. Please note that this is within our exam sessions and that no exceptions to scheduling of the exams can be made.
      Up to 5 students from Fribourg could take part in the seminar session in Vienna.

      Organisation of the trip and accommodation will be up to the participants and at their own cost.

    • As the joint session in Vienna will take place during our exam session, a substitute seminar session for Fribourg students shall be scheduled earlier in the semester Depending on the number of participants and organisational requirements the seminar will last 3-5 days within this time frame. The Fribourg session will be organised acoording to the «SECRET SEMINAR»-Formula: You will find out where the seminar takes place on the day of departure only. The actual dates of the seminar will be published by the first week of April.

      This year due to demand there are two options:

      Primary Date: 25-29 April 2024
      Secondary Date: 14-18 March 2024

      In your applications you can states which is your preferred date and if you would be available for the other date as well. Applications for "preferred" dates are binding. The session in April is more likely to take place, however this depends on minimum and maximum numbers of applications for each session. Both sessions will probably take place in different locations.

      Minimum number of participants: 6.
      Maximum number of participants: 16.

      The maximum cost for the secret seminar session (3-5 days, travel, accommodation in shared twin room, seminar room) will be 400 frs.

      The seminar is complementary to any other «secret seminars» in european criminal law or mutual legal assistance. Feel free to take as many as you like! Of course, the seminar is also complementary to the semester course in international criminal law.

      Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
    Presenting at one of those sessions will be sufficient for taking the seminar. However, you are free to take part in the secret seminar session as a rehearsal and to join the Vienna session as well.

    Special Credits (2 ECTS) can be awarded for presentations at the seminar without written work.

  • Your Application

    For further information and to apply please get in touch with Prof. Fiolka ( When applying please state your preferred topic as well as 1-2 further options.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.