What will I learn?

Building on its traditional strength in international and European law and to further international exchange in the study of law, the Faculty of Law of the University of Gottingen has established a doctoral programme entitled Public International Law: Human Rights – International Economic and Environmental Law – International Criminal Law to provide outstanding young graduates in international law with an opportunity to receive additional training along with writing their dissertation with the advice of the three supervisors, namely professors Kai Ambos, Andreas Paulus and Peter-Tobias Stoll. The three year programme includes classes in the different areas of international law as well as a variety of courses organized by the Gottingen Graduate School of Social Sciences. Starting in fall 2018, the programme will accept candidates annually.

The objective of the six-semester 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 Gottingen 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.

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Semester fees: 355,31 Euro (includes Administration fees, Student body fees, Railway Ticket fees, Bus Ticket fees, Culture Ticket fees, Studentenwerk fee)
Start date

26 October 2020


University of Gottingen

Wilhelmsplatz 1,


Lower Saxony,

37073, Germany

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student must have Master degree or equivalent in relevant fields.

For international students

Admission to the doctoral degree programme is conditional on the applicant having successfully completed a university degree.

For students from non-English speaking countries, English language proficiency equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required. A level of B1 in German is recommended. TOEFL iBT: 79 – 93 IELTS: 6.5.