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, Arbitration and Mediation 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, Arbitration and Mediation 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.

The Course

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.

Site Visits

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.

Cultural Activities

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
  • Zotter Chocolate Factory
  • Typical traditional “Buschenschank” (tavern)
  • Vienna Excursion: Guided city tour, Sigmund Freud Museum, Imperial Treasury and Schloss Schönbrunn (Gardens)

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.

Instructor Information

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.

Associate Prof. Dr.iur. Natalija Kaminskienė, from Lithuania, Head of MRU Mediation and Sustainable Dispute Resolution Laboratory, associate professor of MRU Faculty of Law, attorney at law, arbitrator and mediator. Her fields of expertise: alternative dispute resolution (negotiations, mediation, arbitration), civil procedure. She is experienced lecturer of legal negotiations, mediation and alternative dispute resolution both in Lithuanian and English languages for students as well as for professionals. In year 2011 Dr. Natalija Kaminskiene has published the monography “Alternative dispute resolution”. She also is an author and co-author of numerous scientific publications about mediation and peaceful dispute resolution, and of the study book “Mediation” (2013). Dr. Natalija Kaminskiene is constant member of various official commissions and committees, working for development of mediation in Lithuania. 

You will be accommodated in a modern student dorm, located in between the University of Graz and the city centre; approximately a 10-minute walk in either direction.

Students will have a single room for the duration of the program. All rooms are fully furnished and are in a shared apartment. There is a bathroom in each apartment that will be shared with the other students in the apartment. Pillow, duvet as well as bed linen (covers and sheet) will be provided. Self-service washing machines are available. 

Map of Austria

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. 


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.

Your course convenors will not be able to 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 the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


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, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

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.

The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 6th May 2019.

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.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.