Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law
ICL THESIS - General Information

Each year several outstanding Master Theses are published in the Journal's ICL Thesis Section.

Requirements for submissions

  • The Journal will only accept unpublished theses graded "A" (or equivalent) addressing legal questions, focusing ia on democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
  • This application is open to all master theses of universities. Hence, no bachelor or PhD theses are accepted.
  • The length of the published version of the thesis has to be below 200.000 characters (incl footnotes etc). Thus, also parts of a longer thesis may be submitted. The submission has to include an abstract and the author’s CV.
  • The thesis submitted has to comply with the stylesheet of the ICL Journal which can be downloaded at
Please submit your thesis (including abstract, CV and a verified grading sheet) by eMail eMail.

The Editorial Board will decide which theses to publish typically in spring every year. All applicants will be contacted subsequently.


Current ICL Theses

Patricia Micheli Folador, Gender perspective in the South African and East-Timorese Truth and Reconciliation Commissions

Helena Aigner, Consequences of Cluster Munitions on the rights of the child

Berihun Adugna Gebeye, The Potential of Directive Principles of State Policy for the Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights

ICL Thesis Archive


  • 1-2016 Serena Brugnola, Who protects the Palestinians in Gaza? – Analysis of the legal basis for responsibility of the international community and obstacles to its implementation
  • 2-2016 Olivia Herman, Beyond Justice, Towards Legacy – A case study on legacy at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia


  • 1-2015 - Lisa van Besouw, Outsourcing responsibility for torture: Ending Impunity for PMSCs and their employees in the U.S.
  • 2-2015 - Marta Trenado Diaz, The Cases of 'Stolen Children' in Spain and Ireland - Curtailing the most suitable legal framework on the fight for 'real' identities
  • 3-2015 - Erfaun Norooz, Responsibility to Protect and its applicability in Libya and Syria
  • 4-2015 - Michele Romano, Managing Global Economic Crimes as Human Rights Violations in a Worldwide Perspective
  • 5-2015 - Nathalie Lihuvud Svensson, The Universal Periodic Review - A study on the effectiveness of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s monitoring mechanism

  • 6-2015 - Julia de Koenigswarter, Breaking Fertile Ground in the European Union – A Trial for the Regulation of Womb and Child Trade in Surrogacy


  • 1-2014 - Alba Bescos Pou, Data Protection in the European Union in Times of Terrorism. A Case Study on Passenger Name Record Agreements
  • 2-2014 - Fernanda Estevão Pollini, The Difficult Path towards the Recognition of Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Analysing Brazil and the United Kingdom
  • 3-2014 - Aurélien Baron, Participation of indigenous peoples of the Arctic at the crossroads of natural habitat destruction and economic prosperity
  • 4-2014 - Diana Elena Balanescu, Safeguarding Education Beyond Borders


  • 1-2013 - Diarmuid Cunniffe, The Worst Scars are in the Mind
  • 2-2013 - Inês Castanheira Pinto, China’s Rising Impact in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Use of Child Labour Is there Room for Corporate Social Responsibility?
  • 3-2013 - Déborah Forst, The Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights - Limits and Ways Ahead

  • 4-2013 - Emma Hickey, The UN's Periodic Review: Is it Adding Value and Improving the Human Rights Situation on the Ground?