Can someone with residence in Australia be sued before Austrian courts? Can two people living in Australia agree that Austrian courts have international jurisdiction? Can someone from Austria access property in Australia? The International Litigation and Arbitration program aims to provide students with the knowledge to answer these questions and many more. Jet to Graz, Austria in your July university holidays for a 3-week intensive law study program on International Litigation and Arbitration at the University of Graz. Most Australian university degrees do not offer students an opportunity to study this topic so this program will be a unique, resume-building opportunity for anyone interested in working in an international aspect of law.
This program will aim to provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to enable a critical analysis of problems in this area.
This course aims to give an overview of the different (international) conflict resolution processes. It starts with the classical approach to conflicts – principles of international litigation – and covers a European perspective in relation to Australian law. A special focus will be placed on cross-border insolvency proceedings.
The second part of the course addresses international arbitration, the most important mechanism for the settlement of international commercial disputes. Participants will be provided with a thorough understanding of international institutional arbitration and work on current issues in arbitral practice.
Students will not only learn about different negotiation principles and theories, but also test and consolidate this knowledge through exercises and role-plays in the third part of this course. Additionally, they will get to know the (legal) backgrounds of international negotiation as well as international mediation – in the public and private sector.
In the final section of the course, students will learn how to apply this entire new gained knowledge when drafting dispute resolution clauses. Furthermore, this course covers common aspects like understanding conflict as such and the role of culture in trans-border conflict resolution.
*This program is still under development – more details to come!*
Site Visits and Cultural Activities
There will be professional site visits included as part of the program both inside and outside of Graz. Visits are yet to be confirmed.
Possible field trips include visits to an Austrian court, the United Nations City in Vienna, the Vienna International Arbitration Centre as well as to a company that is involved in international and intercultural negotiations in their daily work.
The course includes a number of excursions and cultural activities in order to give participants an appreciation of Austrian culture and attitudes. These cultural visits do not count towards the class contact hours of the course but do provide important cultural context for students. Below is the tentative list of places likely to be included as part of the program:
- Traditional Coffee House
- Eggenberg Castle
- Riegersburg Castle
- Chocolate Factory Zottery
- Typical traditional “Buschenschank” (tavern)
- Vienna Excursion: Guided city tour, Sigmund Freud Museum, Imperial Treasury and Schloss Schönbrunn (Gardens)
University and Faculty
University of Graz
Karl-Franzens-Universität, also referred to as The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria’s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. With 32,500 students and 4,300 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here.
As a modern scientific institution, the University of Graz pools first-rate research in many projects and co-operations on a national as well as on an international level. Collaboration with partner institutions worldwide embody the integration of the University of Graz in a global network, enrich the scientific life and ensure the quality of teaching and research.
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.iur. Christian Aschauer is Professor of Law at the University of Graz in Austria and active as an Independent Arbitrator based in Vienna. His practice encompasses various industry sectors, with an emphasis on engineering, general trade, machinery and corporate disputes. He has conducted arbitrations under the rules of the VIAC, ICC, DIS, Camera Arbitrale di Milano, SCC, FTCA (Belgrade) as well as ad hoc arbitral proceedings. Christian Aschauer is also a member of the Council of the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan (Camera Arbitrale di Milano).
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr.iur. Sascha Ferz is researcher and teacher in the area of Administrative Law and Mediation. He is head of the Institute of the Foundations of Law and of the Centre for Social Competence of the University of Graz. Additionally he serves as the scientific coordinator of the Master programme “Mediation, negotiation, communication & conflict management” and as an academic representative on the advisory board on Mediation of the Federal Ministry of Justice. He is a registered mediator, one of the editors of the journal “perspective mediation” and speaker of the new soft skills training focus at the Law Faculty. He runs an international network on the application of Serious Games in the context of mediation and the integration of refugees and migrants. Ferz is partner of the ERASMUS project OSMP (Online Study Platform on Mediation) where the University of Graz develops videos for the training of mediators.
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.iur. Thomas Garber studied law at the University of Graz. He has a doctoral degree in law and received his habilitation from the University of Graz. He completed research stays at the MPI Luxemburg and at the University of Berlin. Since February 2017 he is tenured Professor at the Institute of Civil Procedure and Insolvency Law at the University of Graz.
Mag.iur. Verena Gschweitl is research and teaching assistant at the Institute of the Foundations of Law, research field appropriate dispute resolution and mediation, and at the Centre for Social Competence of the University of Graz. She is a mediator and member of an international network, developing projects dealing with gamification in the context of conflict resolution and integration. Her research areas include alternative dispute resolution, sociology of law and human rights.
Univ.-Prof. Dr.iur. Bettina Nunner-Krautgasser is head of the Institute of Civil Procedure and Insolvency Law at the University of Graz with a venia legendi in civil procedure law and civil law. Her main areas of research encompass Austrian, European and International Civil Procedure Law, Insolvency and Reorganization Law, State Insolvency Law, Collateral Security Law, Enforcement Law, Interrelations between Civil Procedure and Substantive Civil Law, Labour Law and Business Law. Nunner-Krautgasser is one of the editors of the “Zeitschrift für das gesamte Insolvenzrecht” (German Journal on Insolvency Law) and the author of numerous books and articles on Civil Procedure and Insolvency Law. She is a representative of the Austrian Republic at UNICITRAL Working Group V – Insolvency Law as well as a member of the International Insolvency Institute and various other international networks and cooperations
This program is still under development and information will be updated as it comes.
It is possible that you will stay at a twin share room in Hotel das Weitzer located in the city centre of Graz. Each room has a bathroom which you will share with your roommate. Breakfast will be provided daily at the hotel. WiFi is included.
Located in the centre of Europe, Austria is a German-speaking country characterised by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Austria is best known for its sugar-cake decorative church interiors, its historic palaces as well as its gothic architectural masterpieces (like St Stephens cathedral in Vienna). A high 62% of Austria’s land area is covered by the Austrian Alps, which provides a beautiful landscape for those who visit the scenic country. Some other notable regions of Austria include Lake Traun, Eastern hillside vineyards and the Northern Bohemian Forest.
Graz, located in the South-East of Austria, is the country’s second-largest city, holding around a quarter of a million people. Graz is one of the liveliest cities for after-hour pursuits and holds a great nightlife and vibrant arts scene due to the high student population (50,000 students over 4 Universities). Located in the centre of the city, ‘Dom im Berg’ was originally a set of tunnels used for air raids, however is now a large transformed clubbing and arts venue for all to enjoy. Graz has many attractions, from viewing landmarks such as Eggenberg Palace, visiting museums or taking nature walks through beautiful forests.
Credit and Funding
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.
1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program down payment. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your down payment.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (2nd April) are required to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $55 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.
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