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Welcome to the Online Winter University Giessen

The next edition of the IWU will focus on “International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Environmental Protection" AND takes place in January 2025. The Curriculum Outline and more information regarding the timeline to follow during the summer. For information on the application process please consult the website.

The exact dates for the IWU 2025 on "International Human Rights Law and International Human Rights Law and the Environmental Protection" are to be confirmed in summer 2024.
Our new application form you can find under "Application". If you have any questions concerning the online version, do not hesitate to write a mail to: ­
The Faculty of Law at Justus Liebig University Giessen is looking forward to host students from all over the world for the 4th International Online Winter University in International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. The International Winter University offers an in-depth approach to current challenges faced in International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law.

Each year the Winter University offers you a foundation in International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law before discussing the major debates and challenges that are currently found in these fields of law. This will primarily focus on those issues that are present in both fields of law and consider how similar issues are approached differently. Allowing you to appreciate the differences between International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and how both these fields of law, in different manners, seek to protect individuals. The program combines high-quality teaching by excellent lecturers and practitioners from all over the world.

The 2024 International Winter University took place from the 4th of January until 13th of January 2024 and focused on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the Digital Age. Discussed subjects included: The Right to Privacy and Data Protection, Freedom of Expression and Social Media, Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, Cyber Operations and Cyber Warfare, and more.




Non-US participants will be awarded 6 ECTS credits. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System [ECTS] is a student-centered system based on the workload required to achieve the objectives of a course. The organization's aim is to facilitate student mobility and therefore simplifies the process of credit transfer. The system is based on the assumption that 60 credits equals the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. The student workload of a full-time study program in Europe approximately amounts to 40 weeks per year and in this case one credit stands for 24 to 30 working hours. For more information on ECTS please visit the homepage of the European Union.

Please note: ECTS credits will only be awarded upon passed examinations.

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