The MIL offers students unique opportunities to learn from and interact with highly distinguished scholars and experts. Courses are taught by teachers of the Law School and other Schools of the University and by carefully selected international law professionals. The MIL brings these professionals to St. Gallen specifically for MIL students to benefit from high-level expertise, expose them to practice, and offer them the widest possible selection of courses. The MIL programme ensures diversity in its teaching faculty. It also makes sure that all teaching satisfies the highest standards on a continuous basis.

These are some of the external teachers and the core elective courses they have offered in the MIL for a number of years:

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Professor Dr. Barnali Choudhury, a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, Canada, teaches corporate social responsibility in the MIL, a subject that ranks among our students’ favourites.


Dr. Nina Burri, a practicing attorney in Zurich and a staff member of the NGO Bread for All, in her course explores human rights and international criminal law from the perspective of practical field work. Her biennial course ties in with Dr. Fenton-Glynn’s human rights course and is equally in high demand.


Prof. S.N. Grünewald (Seraina)

Professor Dr. Seraina Grünewald, a professor at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, teaches our new introduction to international law and European law in the fall term, jointly with Katja Achermann, phD (Cantab), LLm (Cantab), a practicing attorney and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Univeristé de Fribourg.

Professor Dr. Daniel Khan, a professor at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich, offers the MIL course on international humanitarian law every other year, winning great acclaim from our students.


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Professor Dr. Irini Papanicolopulu, British Academy Global Professor of International Law at SOAS University of London, teaches a biennial course on the law of the sea. The course has quickly become a pillar of the programme.



Dr. Roland Portmann, a diplomat and director of the section international law at the Directorate for International Law of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, intrigues our students with the intricacies of foreign relations law every other year, offering invaluable practical insights from high-level diplomacy.


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Professor Dr. Alexander Proelss, a professor at the University of Hamburg, teaches international environmental law every other year. Our students pack his course and are full of praise for him and his teaching.


Dr. Donald Riznik, a senior lecturer at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich, has taught our general introduction to law and legal thinking for many years. His course and teaching are highly popular with students, especially those who move laterally into the MIL.


Professor Dr. Andreas Schloenhardt, a professor at the T.C. Beirne Law School at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, teaches our introductory course to common law and our course on transnational criminal law. Our students squeeze into Dr. Schloenhardt’s courses in unrivalled numbers and have consistently ranked them at the top.


Constanze Semmelmann

Dr. Constanze Semmelmann, a member of the executive board and head legal and international relations of ProLitteris, offers the MIL’s course in the international law of intellectual property, providing invaluable practical insight and inspiration to our students.


Professor Dr. Andreas Ziegler, a professor of international law at the University of Lausanne, is one of the leading scholars in international economic law. He offers the MIL’s highly popular course on this topic every other year.