Law (all)

All law courses enlisted below are open for incoming exchange students who study law at their home university. As a law student you will be contacted before your arrival with detailed information regarding your course choice.

If you are a student from another school / faculty, you can choose law courses from the University Wide Elective courses list. To register for those courses please send an email to international jura.uni-mannheim.de including (very important!!) your name, surname, home university, which faculty you are visiting in Mannheim, which level of studies you currently are (bachelor/master). Please note that some of the courses have limited places available and therefore we cannot guarantee a spot. Also please make sure to pick courses that correspond to your level (bachelor courses if you are a bachelor student and master courses if you are a master student or have already finished three years of studies). For special requirements please check the descriptions for each course.

Full time University of Mannheim students are also welcome to participate.

The ECTS points in the Course Catalogue are valid for incoming students. Please refer to those when you plan your courses, not to the ECTS points in the Portal.

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AGB-/Verbraucherrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Jens-Uwe Franck
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Aktienrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Carsten Schäfer
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
An Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live & recorded
Registration procedure:
This course will introduce students to distinctive aspects that comprise the law and legal system of the United States. Topics will examine the interplay between state and federal court systems, as well as sources of law and law making, the American legal education and becoming a lawyer. We will explore key subjects from first-year law school curriculum including torts, contract, property, constitutional law, criminal law, and criminal and civil procedure. Other topics will include the jury trial, class actions, punitive damages, and practical aspects of the law in the United States, such as rules of discovery and the basics of legal research, writing and trial advocacy.

Generally, the course will be split into three parts: first, general aspects of U.S. laws and legal system; second, an overview of substantive topics in key subject areas of law; and, third, practicing law in the United States including commencing a lawsuit, research, and litigation.

Lecturer: Ms. Sheila O'Laughlin
Instructor(s):
Sheila Ann O`Laughlin
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202113:45 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Arbeitsrecht (Individualarbeitsrecht) mit integrierter Übung (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
12.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
4
Attendance:
Online, recorded
Instructor(s):
Philipp Fischinger
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 18.06.202108:30 – 11:45
Arzneimittel- und Medizinprodukterecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
1
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Monday  (single date) 15.03.202117:15 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 16.03.202117:15 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 19.03.202115:30 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Außerdeliktische Ausgleichsordnung (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
10.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
3
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Oliver Brand
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 02.03.2021 – 15.06.202108:30 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-01; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 21.05.202113:45 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-01; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 28.05.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-01; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 28.05.202119:00 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-01; Virtuelles Gebäude
Bankrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Georg Bitter
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-08; Virtuelles Gebäude
Comparative Law II: The Common/Civil Law Divide (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The class Comparative Law II – The Common/Civil Law divide will focus on the Common/Civil Law divide and in particular compare aspects of the legal system in Germany on the one hand, and Australia/the United States on the other hand. Methodological differences between the Civil law and the Common law systems will be pointed out, and subjects of particular importance for daily business, such as formation of contracts, agency, contract interpretation etc., will be treated in greater detail.

The course has three main components. The first part of the course will consider the origins and utility of comparative law, its aims, tools and methods. The second part of the course will review and analyse the two main legal traditions in the world, Common Law and Civil Law. The objective will be to understand differences and similarities between these two ways of understanding law and organizing legal institutions and procedures, on the other hand. In this context, an overview on the differences with regard to the rule of law, judicial review and the legal profession will be provided. The third part of the course will focus upon applying comparative legal analysis to actual cases and international disputes and show how the results differ depending on which legal order is applied.

 

  • Basic features, tools and methods of comparative law
  • Development and current status of Common Law as a legal family
  • Development and current status of Civil Law as a legal family
  • The education and role of lawyers
  • Judges and judiciaries, lay judges and juries
  • Legal reasoning
  • Statutes and their construction
  • Judicial precedents
  • Particular legal institutions and instruments in a comparative assessment
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The course Comparative Law II constitutes the basis for all M.C.B.L. courses in the area International
& Comparative Business Law (taught in Mannheim during the Spring-Summer-Term). It deals with nature, technique and purpose of legal comparison both from a theoretical and from a practical point of view, but with a particular focus on the differences and common features of the world’s two major
legal families, Civil law and Common law. In doing so, it supplements and further enhances the content of the course Comparative Law I (taught during the Fall-Winter-Term). The aim is to provide students with the necessary analytical background allowing them to carry out sophisticated comparative legal analysis in their respective further fields of studies, and make them familiar with the most important aspects of the proverbial (but sometimes overstated) “Common/Civil Law divide”.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Oliver Brand
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Deutsch für Juristen (Course)
DE
Lecture type:
Course
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Literature:
F. E. Schnapp, „Stilfibel für Juristen“, Münster 2004.
M. Schmuck, „Klare Sprache für Juristen“, in: Römermann/Paulus: „Schlüsselqu. für Jurastud., Examen und Beruf“, München 2003
oder M. Schmuck, „Deutsch für Juristen“, 3. Aufl. Köln 2010/11.
T. Walter, „Kleine Stilkunde für Juristen“, 2. Aufl. München 2009.
W. Schneider, „Deutsch für Profis“, seit 1984 immer wieder...
Instructor(s):
Description:
Juristen müssen sich verständlich machen können – nicht nur untereinander, sondern (vor allem) gegenüber Laien. Zumal rund 80 Prozent von ihnen den Beruf des Rechtsanwalts oder der Anwältin ergreifen. Und für diese gilt: Mandanten sind Kunden auf einem umkämpften Markt für Beratungsdienstleistungen. Aber auch Richter, Unternehmens-, Verwaltungs- und Verbandsjuristen müssen (ebenso wie Journalisten und Politiker) ihre Fachkenntnisse und Botschaften an den Mann und an die Frau bringen. Rechtskundige pflegen jedoch einen umständlichen und gekünstelten Sprachstil. Schachtelsätze, Nominal- und Passivkonstruktionen, altertümliche Redewendungen, das Kleben an Fachbegriffen u.a. verbauen den Zugang zum Gesprächspartner und zur Öffentlichkeit.
Teilnehmer der Veranstaltung sollen daher lernen, wie „Paragrafenarbeitern“ in der Kommunikation mit „Normalbürgern“ eine professionelle Übersetzungsarbeit gelingt. Schritt für Schritt werden die Eigenheiten des juristischen Kanzleistils unter die Lupe genommen. Dem werden die Grundregeln und Geheimnisse verständlichen und überzeugenden Formulierens gegenüber gestellt. Schließlich setzen die Teilnehmer das vermittelte Wissen durch praktische Übung um, indem sie eigene Texte anfertigen und diese gemeinsam besprechen.
Einführung in das deutsche Zivilrecht für ausländische Studierende (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
10.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The course gives an introduction to German private law especially for foreign law students. The course begins with an overview of the legal sources of German law. In particular, the special position of the Civil Code and its historical development will be discussed.

Then the most important legal areas of the Civil Code will be worked out on the basis of systematic descriptions and case solutions. By focusing on the law of torts, the law of obligations and the law of property, the working method in German civil law is clarified. Short introductions to inheritance and family law, company law and civil procedural law round off the course through private law.

 

Structure

- Definition of private law, historical development

- Structure of the BGB

- tort law

- law of obligations

- property law

- Inheritance and Family Law, Company Law and Civil Procedure Law at a Glance

 

The aim of the course is to ensure that students are familiar with the structures of German civil law by the end of the course and that they are able to handle smaller cases with the knowledge they have acquired.

Instructor(s):
Daniel Friedrich
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 02.03.2021 – 15.06.202113:45 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Einkommensteuerrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
10.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
3
Attendance:
Online, live
Recommended requirement:
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 24.05.2021 – 14.06.202117:15 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-19; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 25.05.2021 – 15.06.202117:15 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-19; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (weekly) 28.05.2021 – 18.06.202115:30 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-19; Virtuelles Gebäude
Europäisches Wirtschaftsverfassungsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Benjamin Straßburger
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202112:00 – 13:30JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 23.06.202108:00 – 12:00JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Saturday  (single date) 28.08.202109:30 – 14:00JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Fallstudien zu Human Resource Management in Organisationen (Exercise)
DE
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Achim Schunder
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202118:00 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Forensic Psychology in Legal Contexts (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Registration procedure:

The growth of forensic psychology as a science in the recent decades represents an evolution in profiling and crime detection. Understanding the causes and characteristics of deviant actions – commonly known as abnormal behavior – is crucial in determining diagnoses, planning intervention strategies and answering forensic referral questions.

In this course, students will acquire a broad understanding of psychopathologies related to crime. They are provided with an extensive overview of the main topics, such as criminal profiling, psychology in the criminal courts, the links to legal systems and related topics. Furthermore criminal behavior will be examined and challenges in the field will be discussed.
Moreover, special issues such as cybercrime, family violence, victimology, and police psychology will be covered.

The course is law oriented, which means the roles that forensic psychology professional could have in the court system will be explored and basic psychology knowledge will be delivered.

Literature:
  • Dennis Howitt – Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology, 2018, 6th Edition
  • Sandie Taylor – Forensic Psychology: The basis, 2015

The course will be a block lecture but conceptualized as a seminar/workshop including group work and student presentations. Many case studies will be examined and a lot of media (videos/podcasts) will be used.

Examination type: essay paper. The final grade will be based on active participation in class, the presentation and the final paper that students have to submit.

Open to any exchange or full time bachelor and master student. No previous knowledge required.

The course will take place mostly online and if the situation with the pandemic allows it, it might take place on campus (mixed presence + digital) as well.
Instructor(s):
Elisa Berdica
Date(s):
Wednesday  (single date) 10.03.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.04.2021 – 26.05.202115:30 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Grundlagen des Wirtschaftsverwaltungsrechts (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 18.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-09; Virtuelles Gebäude
Historische Grundlagen des Zivilrechtes (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Instructor(s):
Ulrich Falk
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-01; Virtuelles Gebäude
Insolvenz und Sanierung: Grundlagen (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 26.03.202112:00 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (weekly) 16.04.2021 – 23.04.202112:00 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Instrumente des Human Resource Managements (Lecture w/ Exercise)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Instructor(s):
Torsten Biemann
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202117:15 – 18:45BWL-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 29.06.202108:00 – 10:30BWL-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (single date) 30.08.202114:30 – 17:00BWL-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Human Rights Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948 laid the foundation for the development of International Human Rights Law, and over the years multiple international human rights treaties and declarations, bills and laws have been inspired by it. In a broad sense International Human Rights Law lays down the obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

This course will place Human Rights Law in the broader context of International Law, and will provide an overview of the concept and background of International Human Rights Law. It will furthermore aim to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the following topics:
The categories of Human Rights
States as the protector and enforcer of Human Rights
The United Nations Human Rights System
Treaty based Human Rights Bodies
Regional Human Rights Systems
Developments and current challenges in International Human Rights Law
Textbook for reference: Moeckli, Shar, and Sivakumaran, International Human Rights Law, Third Edition, 2018, Oxford University Press

The course will be conducted through lectures, seminars and discussions. Assessment and evaluation will be based on a writing assignment (essay) a presentation in class and active participation.
Instructor(s):
Marelie Manders
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202108:30 – 10:00JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Organizations: A Structural Introduction (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

Decades before the invention of the word “globalization”, economic activities were no longer, if ever, confined to the internal markets of States. However, the intensity of international trade and commerce at the beginning of the 21st century is quite probably unprecedented. Whether in efforts to enable, to enhance or to control international economic activities, the States of the world have grown dependent upon one another. This is reflected by cooperation at regional levels or in global contexts.

Such cooperation more and more makes use of the forums provided by international organizations, many of which are much more than mere “negotiation frameworks”, but are rather vested with legal personality and regulatory, or even adjudicative, powers.

  • Economically relevant international organizations (ILO, WTO, UN, OECD)
  • International organizations as subjects of public international law and of private law
  • Distinguishing between governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Creation of international organizations
  • International Organizations as law-makers and standard-setters
  • Interaction of international law and domestic legal orders
  • Responsibility of international organizations under public international law
  • Legal remedies against acts of international organizations
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The course intends to provide students with the background knowledge of the law of international organizations, which they will need in pursuit of their in-depth studies of international business law.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Hans-Joachim Cremer
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202117:15 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 21.05.202110:00 – 13:00JURA-ZOOM-01; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Trade Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The International Trade Law course seeks to familiarize students with the numerous legal issues that commonly arise in the context of the trade in goods and services between and among nations. In addition, the course provides students with the economic theories underlying international trade and the history of international trade. The areas of coverage during the course include the following:

  • The theory of „comparative advantage“ developed and popularized by the Eighteenth Century British economist, David Ricardo, along with subsequent critiques and modifications of this theory.
  • The beginnings of trade between nations beginning in ancient times and its expansion, development and increasing sophistication during the subsequent centuries.
  • The continuing conflict between the principles and practices of „free trade“ and those of „mercantilism,“ sometimes described as „import substitution.“
  • The development of free trade agreements („FTAs“) during the previous 300 years and the relatively recent phenomenon of „trade blocs“ and „customs unions“ involving groups of nations pursuing common economic and political objectives. Examples of these latter types of trade combinations are the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations („ASEAN“)
  • The establishment of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade („GATT“) after World War II and its transformation into the World Trade Organization („WTO“) in 1995.
  • The structure, operations and goals of the WTO and the various trade agreements that bind all WTO members („Multilateral Agreements“) and those agreements that only bind those nations acceding to their terms („Plurilateral Agreements“).
  • The future of the WTO and trade blocs in the Twenty-First Century.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202108:30 – 10:00JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Saturday  (single date) 05.06.202108:30 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-20; Virtuelles Gebäude
Saturday  (single date) 12.06.202108:30 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-20; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 30.06.202113:45 – 15:00JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Internationales Privatrecht I (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Moritz Renner
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Introduction to German Constitutional Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:

The course provides a general introduction to German Constitutional Law i.e. the constitution, its background and contents and methods to work with constitutional legal texts.
The German Grundgesetz (Basic Law) which up to this day forms the formal constitutional document of the Federal Republic of Germany has its roots in the allied occupation of Western Germany after World War II. It has proven to be a reliable foundation for the development of the German democratic system and the federal state. The provision of fundamental rights (Art. 1 – 19) puts the Grundgesetz in the tradition of European and North American human rights thinking. It has had an enormous impact on all German law.
Although experiencing some changes throughout the years – especially during the process of the German reunification – the general structure and main provisions of the Grundgesetz remained unchanged.
The course will cover the structure of the German Grundgesetz and its most important provisions while putting a particular focus on the first chapter containing the fundamental rights provisions. Additionally, students will learn about constitutional law in general, the federal structure and the fundamental constitutional principles of the Federal Republic and its integration in the European Union legal system as well as understand the function of the constitutional organs and the legislative process.

Contents:
•    The German legal system
•    Constitutional Law
•    The Grundgesetz and the European Union
•    Fundamental Rights
•    Fundamental Constitutional Principles
•    The Federal State
•    Constitutional organs
•    Legislative procedure
•    Public administration
•    The judicial system

Learning Target:
Students will be able to understand the basic principles and most important provisions of the Grundgesetz and solve simple cases regarding fundamental rights. They will be familiar with the structure of the federal state and its function as well as its most important constitutional, administrative and judicial organs. Students can assess by way of comparison similarities and dissimilarities in other legal systems.

Literature:
No specific textbook is required. Additional reading recommendations will be given in the lecture.

Examination:
Oral Exam.

Instructor(s):
Emanuel Kollmann
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202113:45 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Introduction to Public International Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Instructor(s):
Raphael Oidtmann
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 28.05.202108:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 18.06.202108:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 24.03.202110:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-16; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
This course provides students with an understanding of the system of public international law, regulating relations between actors on the global stage. Topics include: the nature of international law, sources of international law (including treaties, customary international law and general principles of law), participants in the international legal system (including notions of statehood, legal personality and diplomatic protection), territory and acquisition of title, state responsibility, jurisdiction and immunity, the relationship between international and domestic law, international human rights law, the (peacekeeping) operations of the United Nations including the role of the General Assembly, international dispute settlement and the role of the International Court of Justice as well as the law regulating the use of force and, correspondingly, the Security Council.
Sessions will take place on a weekly basis and consist of both lecture and discussion parts. Within the discussion part, current developments such as inter alia pending cases before the International Court of Justice and further contemporary topics will be discussed.

Introductory Reading (optional):
  • Cassese, Antonio (ed.): ‘Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Crawford, James and Ian Brownlie: ‘Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Hall, Stephen: ‘Principles of International Law’ (Hong Kong, LexisNexis, 2014)
  • Kaczorowska, Alina: ‘Public International Law’ (London, Routledge, 2010)
  • Lowe, Vaughan: ‘International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Tourme-Jouannet, Emmanuelle: ‘The Liberal-Welfarist Law of Nations: A History of International Law’ (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Required reading materials as well as additional sources will be provided electronically.
Mode of assessment for this course will be a research paper. In addition, oral participation will contribute to the final grade awarded for this course.

Course is open for Bachelor and Master students and recommended for Bachelor and Master Political Science students. 
Kolloquium Rechtsphilosophie (Colloquium)
DE
Lecture type:
Colloquium
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Ergänzend: Seelmann/Demko, Rechtsphilosophie, 7. Aufl. 2019; Volkmann, Rechtsphilosophie, 2018.
Instructor(s):
Hans-Joachim Cremer
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202117:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 14.04.202119:00 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
Im Frühjahrssemester 2021 haben wir im Rahmen des Kolloquiums begonnen „Die Metaphysik der Sitten“ von Immanuel Kant zu lesen. Im Herbstsemester soll die gemeinsame Lektüre dieses Werks fortgesetzt werden. Dabei ist es nicht erforderlich, das Kolloquium im Frühjahr besucht zu haben.

Ziel ist es, nach einer Betrachtung von Kants Staatsrecht seine Konstruktion des Völkerrechts und schließlich auch das zu erschließen, was er Weltbürgerrecht nennt.

Besondere Aufmerksamkeit gilt also der internationalen Dimension des Rechts. Nach überkommener Sichtweise bilden Staaten die „ursprünglichen“ Rechtspersonen des Völkerrechts. Ihnen kommt Souveränität zu. Damit korrespondiert das Verbot, dass ein Staat sich in die ausschließlichen inneren oder äußeren Angelegenheiten eines anderen Staates einmischt (Interventionsverbot). Seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs und der Gründung der Vereinten Nationen hat sich das internationale Recht aber dahin entwickelt, dass die Staaten der Welt kraft Völkerrechts zur Achtung und Wahrung von Menschenrechten verpflichtet sind – und dass diese staatliche Verpflichtung mit subjektiven Rechten des Einzelmenschen korrespondiert. Die historische Entwicklung des Völkerrechts verläuft damit „vom Staat hin zum Einzelmenschen“ (menschenrechtlich gesehen gleichsam ein „top-down approach“).

Grundlegende praktische Bemühungen um eine friedliche Weltordnung nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg lehnten sich auch an die Philosophie Immanuel Kants an, für den die Schaffung eines Völkerbundes der Schlüssel zu einer vernunftrechtlichen Ordnung darstellt.

Kant gründet sein öffentliches Recht darauf, dass allen Menschen ein (gleiches) Recht auf Freiheit angeboren sei, und konstruiert von da aus nicht nur die Gründung eines Staates, sondern letztlich auch das Völkerrecht. Im Vergleich zur historischen Entwicklung verfolgt Kant also einen „bottom-up approach“.

Das Kolloquium will Kants Rechtsphilosophie in den Blick nehmen und sein „System“ des Rechts mit dem geltenden Völkerrecht kontrastieren.

Beifachstudierende des Öffentlichen Rechts können die Prüfungsleistung für ihr Wahlfach erbringen, indem sie im Anschluss an eine Kolloquiumsstunde deren Inhalt sowie den Inhalt des besprochenen Buchausschnitts zusammenfassen und in der Folgestunde kurz präsentieren.
Konzernrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
1
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-09; Virtuelles Gebäude
Lauterkeitsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
1
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Lea Tochtermann
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 03.05.2021 – 14.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-09; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (weekly) 03.05.2021 – 14.06.202115:30 – 17:00SO 108 [Corona] + ZOOM; “Corona-Gebäude”
Legal Tech und Recht der Digitalisierung (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Rupert Vogel
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 18.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-08; Virtuelles Gebäude
Legal Tech vs. Recht – Herausforderung für Start-Ups, Kanzleien und Berufseinsteiger (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Monday  (single date) 14.06.202117:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-20; Virtuelles Gebäude
Medizinrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Mark Alexander Makowsky
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Private International Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:
Dealing with contract drafting and disputes in the context of international business transactions involves the potential applicability of domestic laws of more than one State. This lecture provides an introduction into the relevant issues of conflict of laws in cases with a foreign element, with a particular focus on the fields of contracts, corporations and torts.

This course deals with methods and rules to be applied in such “conflict of laws” scenarios (as the topic is referred to by common lawyers) in order to determine which country’s legal system governs the merits of such cases. While rules of “Private International Law” (PIL) have traditionally been mostly rules of national (domestic) law, in the field of business law, two comprehensive EU regulations have been introduced in recent years (the “Rome I” and “Rome II” Regulations), which will be at the core of the present course along with the general doctrines of PIL as codified in the German Introductory Act to the Civil Code. In doing so, reference will also be made to general ideas and principles of Private International Law in other European countries and in the United States. For the time being, questions of property law as well as the law of corporations still underlie the autonomous (national) PIL of the forum state, yet with some impact of EU case law that needs to be considered in the context of free movement of corporations within the EU.

As the student is supposed to take the perspective of a German court or of an attorney seeking the issuance of a German judgement, German PIL and its partial modification through EU case law will be discussed in class.
General principles of conflict of laws
Private International Law in contracts cases: The Rome I Regulation
The proposal for a Common European Sales Law (CESL)
Private International Law in tort cases: The Rome II Regulation
Private International Law in property matters under selected domestic laws
Law applicable to corporations and free cross-border movement of companies
Private International Law in EU courts and third-country disputes
Brief overview of the jurisdiction of courts over cross-border disputes (in particular the Brussels I Regulation)

Learning outcomes and qualification goals: Students having completed the class should not only be able to spot special and general issues such as characterization, connecting factor, preliminary question, independent attachment, adaptation and ordre public but also be equipped with a method of how to approach and how to solve (find the applicable substantive law) on a step by step basis a private international law case from the perspective of a judge or an attorney.
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
Students having completed the class should not only be able to spot special and general issues such as characterization, connecting factor, preliminary question, independent attachment, adaptation and ordre public but also be equipped with a method of how to approach and how to solve (find the applicable substantive law) on a step by step basis a private international law case from the perspective of a judge or an attorney.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Juliana Mörsdorf
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 03.05.2021 – 31.05.202112:00 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (weekly) 07.06.2021 – 14.06.202112:00 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (single date) 28.06.202113:45 – 15:00JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 31.08.202112:45 – 14:00JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Privatversicherungsrecht I (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Oliver Brand
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-09; Virtuelles Gebäude
Schuldrecht Allgemeiner Teil (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Mark Alexander Makowsky
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202108:30 – 10:00JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Umwandlungsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
1
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Hans-Christoph Ihrig
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202112:00 – 13:30JURA-ZOOM-09; Virtuelles Gebäude
Unternehmensnachfolge (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
1
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Ralph Landsittel
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202117:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-08; Virtuelles Gebäude
Unternehmenssteuerrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Benjamin Straßburger
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 02.03.2021 – 15.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Verfassungsgeschichte (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Nils Schaks
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude

Master

An Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live & recorded
Registration procedure:
This course will introduce students to distinctive aspects that comprise the law and legal system of the United States. Topics will examine the interplay between state and federal court systems, as well as sources of law and law making, the American legal education and becoming a lawyer. We will explore key subjects from first-year law school curriculum including torts, contract, property, constitutional law, criminal law, and criminal and civil procedure. Other topics will include the jury trial, class actions, punitive damages, and practical aspects of the law in the United States, such as rules of discovery and the basics of legal research, writing and trial advocacy.

Generally, the course will be split into three parts: first, general aspects of U.S. laws and legal system; second, an overview of substantive topics in key subject areas of law; and, third, practicing law in the United States including commencing a lawsuit, research, and litigation.

Lecturer: Ms. Sheila O'Laughlin
Instructor(s):
Sheila Ann O`Laughlin
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202113:45 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Comparative Competition Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:
The course will focus on a comparative analysis of competition law and policy under US antitrust law and EU competition law. By studying legislation and case-law on select topics, students will acquire knowledge about both legal systems. The course will also examine the historic, economic and social causes of differences and similarities between competition law on the two sides of the Atlantic. The course provides insights into EU competition law and US antitrust law particularly with regard to the following issues:
  • Historical background and mode of development,
  • Institutional and constitutional role,
  • Importance of various sources of law (legislation, administrative orders, case-law),
  • Approach to anti-competitive coordination, abuse of market power, and merger control, and
  • Mechanisms of public and private enforcement

Students will acquire knowledge of foreign legal systems and learn how to conduct comparative legal analysis. Students will become familiar with characteristics of EU competition law and US antitrust law. They will be encouraged to assess and discuss topics in competition law and policy, to analyse legal developments against the economic, social and institutional background of the jurisdictions in which they take place, and to defend their positions in the classroom.
Instructor(s):
Thomas Weck
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 02.03.2021 – 15.06.202117:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 22.06.202113:45 – 16:15JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Comparative Law II: The Common/Civil Law Divide (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The class Comparative Law II – The Common/Civil Law divide will focus on the Common/Civil Law divide and in particular compare aspects of the legal system in Germany on the one hand, and Australia/the United States on the other hand. Methodological differences between the Civil law and the Common law systems will be pointed out, and subjects of particular importance for daily business, such as formation of contracts, agency, contract interpretation etc., will be treated in greater detail.

The course has three main components. The first part of the course will consider the origins and utility of comparative law, its aims, tools and methods. The second part of the course will review and analyse the two main legal traditions in the world, Common Law and Civil Law. The objective will be to understand differences and similarities between these two ways of understanding law and organizing legal institutions and procedures, on the other hand. In this context, an overview on the differences with regard to the rule of law, judicial review and the legal profession will be provided. The third part of the course will focus upon applying comparative legal analysis to actual cases and international disputes and show how the results differ depending on which legal order is applied.

 

  • Basic features, tools and methods of comparative law
  • Development and current status of Common Law as a legal family
  • Development and current status of Civil Law as a legal family
  • The education and role of lawyers
  • Judges and judiciaries, lay judges and juries
  • Legal reasoning
  • Statutes and their construction
  • Judicial precedents
  • Particular legal institutions and instruments in a comparative assessment
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The course Comparative Law II constitutes the basis for all M.C.B.L. courses in the area International
& Comparative Business Law (taught in Mannheim during the Spring-Summer-Term). It deals with nature, technique and purpose of legal comparison both from a theoretical and from a practical point of view, but with a particular focus on the differences and common features of the world’s two major
legal families, Civil law and Common law. In doing so, it supplements and further enhances the content of the course Comparative Law I (taught during the Fall-Winter-Term). The aim is to provide students with the necessary analytical background allowing them to carry out sophisticated comparative legal analysis in their respective further fields of studies, and make them familiar with the most important aspects of the proverbial (but sometimes overstated) “Common/Civil Law divide”.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Oliver Brand
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Corporate Governance II (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:

The course offers an introduction to the economic theory of corporate governance and its application to corporate law, including aspects of insolvency and securities law. To obtain a thorough understanding of the theory, students are asked to read classic contributions to the corporate governance literature and to discuss them in class. They will also be required to apply the theory to a broad range of legal settings, both in the classroom and in preparing the course.

Foundations of corporate governance

  • Corporate governance as a functional perspective
  • Economic theory of the firm
  • Agency cost view on corporate governance: agency costs of equity and debt
  • Transaction cost view on corporate governance: bargaining over quasi-rents of the firm

Application to corporate, insolvency and securities law

  • Legal institutions to minimize the agency costs of equity: constraints on management and dominant shareholders in the public corporation
  • Legal institutions to minimize the agency costs of debt: legal capital; piercing the corporate veil
  • Legal institutions to minimize the costs of rent-seeking: management independence
  • Employee codetermination
  • Special focus on corporate control transactions: private benefits of control; the market for corporate control; mergers and acquisitions; insolvency
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-04; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (single date) 01.07.202108:15 – 09:45JURA-ZOOM-04; Virtuelles Gebäude
Deutsch für Juristen (Course)
DE
Lecture type:
Course
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Literature:
F. E. Schnapp, „Stilfibel für Juristen“, Münster 2004.
M. Schmuck, „Klare Sprache für Juristen“, in: Römermann/Paulus: „Schlüsselqu. für Jurastud., Examen und Beruf“, München 2003
oder M. Schmuck, „Deutsch für Juristen“, 3. Aufl. Köln 2010/11.
T. Walter, „Kleine Stilkunde für Juristen“, 2. Aufl. München 2009.
W. Schneider, „Deutsch für Profis“, seit 1984 immer wieder...
Instructor(s):
Description:
Juristen müssen sich verständlich machen können – nicht nur untereinander, sondern (vor allem) gegenüber Laien. Zumal rund 80 Prozent von ihnen den Beruf des Rechtsanwalts oder der Anwältin ergreifen. Und für diese gilt: Mandanten sind Kunden auf einem umkämpften Markt für Beratungsdienstleistungen. Aber auch Richter, Unternehmens-, Verwaltungs- und Verbandsjuristen müssen (ebenso wie Journalisten und Politiker) ihre Fachkenntnisse und Botschaften an den Mann und an die Frau bringen. Rechtskundige pflegen jedoch einen umständlichen und gekünstelten Sprachstil. Schachtelsätze, Nominal- und Passivkonstruktionen, altertümliche Redewendungen, das Kleben an Fachbegriffen u.a. verbauen den Zugang zum Gesprächspartner und zur Öffentlichkeit.
Teilnehmer der Veranstaltung sollen daher lernen, wie „Paragrafenarbeitern“ in der Kommunikation mit „Normalbürgern“ eine professionelle Übersetzungsarbeit gelingt. Schritt für Schritt werden die Eigenheiten des juristischen Kanzleistils unter die Lupe genommen. Dem werden die Grundregeln und Geheimnisse verständlichen und überzeugenden Formulierens gegenüber gestellt. Schließlich setzen die Teilnehmer das vermittelte Wissen durch praktische Übung um, indem sie eigene Texte anfertigen und diese gemeinsam besprechen.
Einführung in das deutsche Zivilrecht für ausländische Studierende (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
10.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The course gives an introduction to German private law especially for foreign law students. The course begins with an overview of the legal sources of German law. In particular, the special position of the Civil Code and its historical development will be discussed.

Then the most important legal areas of the Civil Code will be worked out on the basis of systematic descriptions and case solutions. By focusing on the law of torts, the law of obligations and the law of property, the working method in German civil law is clarified. Short introductions to inheritance and family law, company law and civil procedural law round off the course through private law.

 

Structure

- Definition of private law, historical development

- Structure of the BGB

- tort law

- law of obligations

- property law

- Inheritance and Family Law, Company Law and Civil Procedure Law at a Glance

 

The aim of the course is to ensure that students are familiar with the structures of German civil law by the end of the course and that they are able to handle smaller cases with the knowledge they have acquired.

Instructor(s):
Daniel Friedrich
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 02.03.2021 – 15.06.202113:45 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Erbschaftssteuer- und Bewertungsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 18.06.202108:30 – 10:00JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 02.06.202108:30 – 10:00JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Europäisches Arbeitsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
1
Instructor(s):
Friedemann Kainer
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 04.05.2021 – 15.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Europarecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
12.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
4
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Benjamin Straßburger
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202117:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202112:00 – 13:30JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Forensic Psychology in Legal Contexts (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Registration procedure:

The growth of forensic psychology as a science in the recent decades represents an evolution in profiling and crime detection. Understanding the causes and characteristics of deviant actions – commonly known as abnormal behavior – is crucial in determining diagnoses, planning intervention strategies and answering forensic referral questions.

In this course, students will acquire a broad understanding of psychopathologies related to crime. They are provided with an extensive overview of the main topics, such as criminal profiling, psychology in the criminal courts, the links to legal systems and related topics. Furthermore criminal behavior will be examined and challenges in the field will be discussed.
Moreover, special issues such as cybercrime, family violence, victimology, and police psychology will be covered.

The course is law oriented, which means the roles that forensic psychology professional could have in the court system will be explored and basic psychology knowledge will be delivered.

Literature:
  • Dennis Howitt – Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology, 2018, 6th Edition
  • Sandie Taylor – Forensic Psychology: The basis, 2015

The course will be a block lecture but conceptualized as a seminar/workshop including group work and student presentations. Many case studies will be examined and a lot of media (videos/podcasts) will be used.

Examination type: essay paper. The final grade will be based on active participation in class, the presentation and the final paper that students have to submit.

Open to any exchange or full time bachelor and master student. No previous knowledge required.

The course will take place mostly online and if the situation with the pandemic allows it, it might take place on campus (mixed presence + digital) as well.
Instructor(s):
Elisa Berdica
Date(s):
Wednesday  (single date) 10.03.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.04.2021 – 26.05.202115:30 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Intellectual Property Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

Intellectual property is an indispensable tool to foster innovation and assure protection of achievements. They are an important factor for remaining competitive in the global knowledge-based economy. The shift from corporal goods to intellectual property however has many implications for today’s businesses: they have to play the system to gain from it, have to develop new business models, acquire rights by contract and closely watch the market and competitors to avoid liability. The course accordingly is designed to provide an overview on the concept of intellectual property and the practical implications for businesses.

Students will familiarize themselves with the multi-level system of IP-protection on a worldwide (TRIPS and WIPO-Treaties), European (EU-legislation) and national level. With regard to the latter the transformation of international and European requirements into national law, German intellectual property law will be taken as an example. Participants from other jurisdictions however will be encouraged to analyse differences to the corresponding legal concepts in their home jurisdictions.

The course will cover the legal concepts of patent protection and utility models, the rules on the protection of trademarks and designations of origin, the basics of copyright law and of design protection. Where appropriate the course will also highlight certain rules under unfair competition law providing ancillary remedies for avoiding unfair exploitation of work results.

The course devotes to the co-existence of national and Community IP-rights. The advantages and disadvantages of the existing unitary Community concepts, i.e. the Community Trade Mark and the Community Design as compared to national IPRs will be discussed in the light of relevant case law.

Furthermore, the conflicting aims of freedom of competition (and in particular free movement of goods) on the one hand and strict IP-protection on the other hand will be tackled. This gives the opportunity to discuss current trends to narrow the scope of protection by means of compulsory licences, FRAND-licences and similar limitations imposed by cartel and competition law.

  • Concept of IP-law
  • The legal sources (TRIPS, WIPO-Treaties, EU-Regulations and Directives)
  • The distinct IP-rights: patent, utility model, trademark, design & copyright
  • The impact of competition law on intellectual property protection
  • Contractual exploitation of IPRs (transfer and licence agreement)
  • Enforcement of IP-rights (remedies and procedural strategies)

 

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The course is designed to provide an overview of the principles of intellectual property law and its importance in our knowledge-based society. The teaching and case studies will enable students to understand the relevance of IP-law for businesses, both as a means of protecting their own innovation and to be aware of liability risks, which always accompanies placing new products in the market. A thorough knowledge of the legal framework at the same time is the indispensable basis for successful contract negotiations, which will be tackled by group exercises.
Examination achievement:
Oral examination
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 16.04.2021 – 23.04.202109:00 – 12:15JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 28.05.202110:00 – 11:00JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Intellectual Property Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:

Intellectual property is an indispensable tool to foster innovation and assure protection of achievements. They are an important factor for remaining competitive in the global knowledge-based economy. The shift from corporal goods to intellectual property however has many implications for today’s businesses: they have to play the system to gain from it, have to develop new business models, acquire rights by contract and closely watch the market and competitors to avoid liability. The course accordingly is designed to provide an overview on the concept of intellectual property and the practical implications for businesses.

Students will familiarize themselves with the multi-level system of IP-protection on a worldwide (TRIPS and WIPO-Treaties), European (EU-legislation) and national level. With regard to the latter the transformation of international and European requirements into national law, German intellectual property law will be taken as an example. Participants from other jurisdictions however will be encouraged to analyse differences to the corresponding legal concepts in their home jurisdictions.

The course will cover the legal concepts of patent protection and utility models, the rules on the protection of trademarks and designations of origin, the basics of copyright law and of design protection. Where appropriate the course will also highlight certain rules under unfair competition law providing ancillary remedies for avoiding unfair exploitation of work results.

The course devotes to the co-existence of national and Community IP-rights. The advantages and disadvantages of the existing unitary Community concepts, i.e. the Community Trade Mark and the Community Design as compared to national IPRs will be discussed in the light of relevant case law.

Furthermore, the conflicting aims of freedom of competition (and in particular free movement of goods) on the one hand and strict IP-protection on the other hand will be tackled. This gives the opportunity to discuss current trends to narrow the scope of protection by means of compulsory licences, FRAND-licences and similar limitations imposed by cartel and competition law.

  • Concept of IP-law
  • The legal sources (TRIPS, WIPO-Treaties, EU-Regulations and Directives)
  • The distinct IP-rights: patent, utility model, trademark, design & copyright
  • The impact of competition law on intellectual property protection
  • Contractual exploitation of IPRs (transfer and licence agreement)
  • Enforcement of IP-rights (remedies and procedural strategies)

 

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The course is designed to provide an overview of the principles of intellectual property law and its importance in our knowledge-based society. The teaching and case studies will enable students to understand the relevance of IP-law for businesses, both as a means of protecting their own innovation and to be aware of liability risks, which always accompanies placing new products in the market. A thorough knowledge of the legal framework at the same time is the indispensable basis for successful contract negotiations, which will be tackled by group exercises.
Examination achievement:
Oral examination
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 19.03.2021 – 26.03.202109:00 – 12:15JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Intellectual Property Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:

Intellectual property is an indispensable tool to foster innovation and assure protection of achievements. They are an important factor for remaining competitive in the global knowledge-based economy. The shift from corporal goods to intellectual property however has many implications for today’s businesses: they have to play the system to gain from it, have to develop new business models, acquire rights by contract and closely watch the market and competitors to avoid liability. The course accordingly is designed to provide an overview on the concept of intellectual property and the practical implications for businesses.

Students will familiarize themselves with the multi-level system of IP-protection on a worldwide (TRIPS and WIPO-Treaties), European (EU-legislation) and national level. With regard to the latter the transformation of international and European requirements into national law, German intellectual property law will be taken as an example. Participants from other jurisdictions however will be encouraged to analyse differences to the corresponding legal concepts in their home jurisdictions.

The course will cover the legal concepts of patent protection and utility models, the rules on the protection of trademarks and designations of origin, the basics of copyright law and of design protection. Where appropriate the course will also highlight certain rules under unfair competition law providing ancillary remedies for avoiding unfair exploitation of work results.

The course devotes to the co-existence of national and Community IP-rights. The advantages and disadvantages of the existing unitary Community concepts, i.e. the Community Trade Mark and the Community Design as compared to national IPRs will be discussed in the light of relevant case law.

Furthermore, the conflicting aims of freedom of competition (and in particular free movement of goods) on the one hand and strict IP-protection on the other hand will be tackled. This gives the opportunity to discuss current trends to narrow the scope of protection by means of compulsory licences, FRAND-licences and similar limitations imposed by cartel and competition law.

  • Concept of IP-law
  • The legal sources (TRIPS, WIPO-Treaties, EU-Regulations and Directives)
  • The distinct IP-rights: patent, utility model, trademark, design & copyright
  • The impact of competition law on intellectual property protection
  • Contractual exploitation of IPRs (transfer and licence agreement)
  • Enforcement of IP-rights (remedies and procedural strategies)

 

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The course is designed to provide an overview of the principles of intellectual property law and its importance in our knowledge-based society. The teaching and case studies will enable students to understand the relevance of IP-law for businesses, both as a means of protecting their own innovation and to be aware of liability risks, which always accompanies placing new products in the market. A thorough knowledge of the legal framework at the same time is the indispensable basis for successful contract negotiations, which will be tackled by group exercises.
Examination achievement:
Oral examination
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 12.03.202109:00 – 12:15JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
Intellectual Property Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:

Intellectual property is an indispensable tool to foster innovation and assure protection of achievements. They are an important factor for remaining competitive in the global knowledge-based economy. The shift from corporal goods to intellectual property however has many implications for today’s businesses: they have to play the system to gain from it, have to develop new business models, acquire rights by contract and closely watch the market and competitors to avoid liability. The course accordingly is designed to provide an overview on the concept of intellectual property and the practical implications for businesses.

Students will familiarize themselves with the multi-level system of IP-protection on a worldwide (TRIPS and WIPO-Treaties), European (EU-legislation) and national level. With regard to the latter the transformation of international and European requirements into national law, German intellectual property law will be taken as an example. Participants from other jurisdictions however will be encouraged to analyse differences to the corresponding legal concepts in their home jurisdictions.

The course will cover the legal concepts of patent protection and utility models, the rules on the protection of trademarks and designations of origin, the basics of copyright law and of design protection. Where appropriate the course will also highlight certain rules under unfair competition law providing ancillary remedies for avoiding unfair exploitation of work results.

The course devotes to the co-existence of national and Community IP-rights. The advantages and disadvantages of the existing unitary Community concepts, i.e. the Community Trade Mark and the Community Design as compared to national IPRs will be discussed in the light of relevant case law.

Furthermore, the conflicting aims of freedom of competition (and in particular free movement of goods) on the one hand and strict IP-protection on the other hand will be tackled. This gives the opportunity to discuss current trends to narrow the scope of protection by means of compulsory licences, FRAND-licences and similar limitations imposed by cartel and competition law.

  • Concept of IP-law
  • The legal sources (TRIPS, WIPO-Treaties, EU-Regulations and Directives)
  • The distinct IP-rights: patent, utility model, trademark, design & copyright
  • The impact of competition law on intellectual property protection
  • Contractual exploitation of IPRs (transfer and licence agreement)
  • Enforcement of IP-rights (remedies and procedural strategies)

 

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The course is designed to provide an overview of the principles of intellectual property law and its importance in our knowledge-based society. The teaching and case studies will enable students to understand the relevance of IP-law for businesses, both as a means of protecting their own innovation and to be aware of liability risks, which always accompanies placing new products in the market. A thorough knowledge of the legal framework at the same time is the indispensable basis for successful contract negotiations, which will be tackled by group exercises.
Examination achievement:
Oral examination
Instructor(s):
Berina Fischinger-Corbo
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 11.06.202108:45 – 12:45JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Business Transactions (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:

The course addresses the particularities and pitfalls of international trade transactions. It focuses on international aspects of business transactions and their legal and commercial backgrounds, and allows students to get an initial understanding of what legal advice in practical terms is like. In this context, the course will focus on legal as well as on non-legal institutions that can help solving problems of cross-border transactions. At the end of the course, students will participate in a simulated negotiation of an international contract.

  • Pitfalls of cross-border transactions
  • The role of contracts in international business
  • Legal and non-legal means of contract enforcement
  • Financing of international transactions
  • European regulations on cross-border trade
  • International Conventions related to cross-border trade
  • Transnational Law
  • Dispute resolution
  • The enforcement of court decisions and arbitral awards
  • Distribution networks
  • Regulatory issues in international business
  • Accountability in international trade

 

The course will scrutinize processes of contract drafting and highlight the institutional framework, national and international as well as legal and non-legal, of international business transactions.

Students will learn to analyse pitfalls from an interdisciplinary perspective and create sustainable solutions for cross border trade. The course will give a comprehensive overview over legal, ethical, political, economic, environmental, societal, and strategic questions of international trade. Students will acquire skills to negotiate, develop, design, finance, and implement sustainable business partnerships.

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
At the conclusion of the course, students will be expected to have a comprehensive understanding of the legal issues appertaining to the trade of goods across national borders.
Examination achievement:
Oral examination
Instructor(s):
Andreas Maurer
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 02.03.2021 – 15.06.202112:00 – 13:30JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 22.06.202108:45 – 13:15JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Human Rights Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948 laid the foundation for the development of International Human Rights Law, and over the years multiple international human rights treaties and declarations, bills and laws have been inspired by it. In a broad sense International Human Rights Law lays down the obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

This course will place Human Rights Law in the broader context of International Law, and will provide an overview of the concept and background of International Human Rights Law. It will furthermore aim to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the following topics:
The categories of Human Rights
States as the protector and enforcer of Human Rights
The United Nations Human Rights System
Treaty based Human Rights Bodies
Regional Human Rights Systems
Developments and current challenges in International Human Rights Law
Textbook for reference: Moeckli, Shar, and Sivakumaran, International Human Rights Law, Third Edition, 2018, Oxford University Press

The course will be conducted through lectures, seminars and discussions. Assessment and evaluation will be based on a writing assignment (essay) a presentation in class and active participation.
Instructor(s):
Marelie Manders
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202108:30 – 10:00JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Labour Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

This course offers the opportunity to take a comparative view on various employment and labor law issues that cover a wide range of subject matters. The class focuses on seven in some aspects quite similar, in others however completely different legal systems. These are: Germany, Japan, Brazil, Australia, France, Great Britain and the US. After an introduction we will pick out specific topics and compare and discuss the various approaches of these legal systems to deal with them. Among others, we will speak about:

  • Employees request to pray during working time
  • Dating Policies
  • Surveillance of employees by use of video cameras
  • Critical blogs and the employment relationship

Active participation is expected. This encompasses in particular that the students give lectures about the legal system of the country they come from and solve the cases provided in advance on the basis of this legal system.

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The goal of the class is to provide students with a strong background in international human rights particularly as they apply to global workers and employers of various forms, as well as enable a deeper understanding of questions in the field.
The goal of the class is to provide students with a strong background of the international framework, including human rights protection, particularly as they apply to global workers and employers of various forms, as well as enable a deeper understanding of questions in the field.
Examination achievement:
Oral examination
Instructor(s):
Philipp Fischinger
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 08.03.202115:30 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-08; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 11.03.202110:15 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-06; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Labour Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:

This course offers the opportunity to take a comparative view on various employment and labor law issues that cover a wide range of subject matters. The class focuses on seven in some aspects quite similar, in others however completely different legal systems. These are: Germany, Japan, Brazil, Australia, France, Great Britain and the US. After an introduction we will pick out specific topics and compare and discuss the various approaches of these legal systems to deal with them. Among others, we will speak about:

  • Employees request to pray during working time
  • Dating Policies
  • Surveillance of employees by use of video cameras
  • Critical blogs and the employment relationship

Active participation is expected. This encompasses in particular that the students give lectures about the legal system of the country they come from and solve the cases provided in advance on the basis of this legal system.

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The goal of the class is to provide students with a strong background in international human rights particularly as they apply to global workers and employers of various forms, as well as enable a deeper understanding of questions in the field.
The goal of the class is to provide students with a strong background of the international framework, including human rights protection, particularly as they apply to global workers and employers of various forms, as well as enable a deeper understanding of questions in the field.
Examination achievement:
Oral examination
Instructor(s):
Berina Fischinger-Corbo
International Organizations: A Structural Introduction (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

Decades before the invention of the word “globalization”, economic activities were no longer, if ever, confined to the internal markets of States. However, the intensity of international trade and commerce at the beginning of the 21st century is quite probably unprecedented. Whether in efforts to enable, to enhance or to control international economic activities, the States of the world have grown dependent upon one another. This is reflected by cooperation at regional levels or in global contexts.

Such cooperation more and more makes use of the forums provided by international organizations, many of which are much more than mere “negotiation frameworks”, but are rather vested with legal personality and regulatory, or even adjudicative, powers.

  • Economically relevant international organizations (ILO, WTO, UN, OECD)
  • International organizations as subjects of public international law and of private law
  • Distinguishing between governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Creation of international organizations
  • International Organizations as law-makers and standard-setters
  • Interaction of international law and domestic legal orders
  • Responsibility of international organizations under public international law
  • Legal remedies against acts of international organizations
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
The course intends to provide students with the background knowledge of the law of international organizations, which they will need in pursuit of their in-depth studies of international business law.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Hans-Joachim Cremer
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202117:15 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 21.05.202110:00 – 13:00JURA-ZOOM-01; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Sale of Goods (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

This course aims at studying the law of international sales agreements based on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), which entered into force in 1988 and today has almost eighty Contracting States world-wide. It is the most important uniform private law Convention in practice, covering potentially more than 80% of global trade. Since the CISG was influenced by both the common law and civil law systems of contract law, the course will furthermore focus on the basic principles of the law of contract of both systems in a comparative approach, where appropriate.

  • Scope of application of the CISG
  • Hierarchy between the CISG and national sales law provisions
  • Interpretation of the CISG and the aim of uniform application
  • Formation of contracts under the CISG
  • Obligations of the seller and the buyer
  • Remedies in case of non‐ performance
  • Damages under the CISG
  • Relationship between the CISG and other current/future uniform law instruments
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
Students who have completed the course should be able to ascertain the applicability of the CISG and deal with the most common legal problems arising under international sales contracts. They should also be familiar with the structure and central rules of the CISG governing the formation of contracts and parties’ remedies in cases of breaches of contract, enabling them to advise clients about contract drafting issues and strategies in litigations or arbitrations involving CISG contracts.
Examination achievement:
Oral examination
Instructor(s):
Lea Tochtermann
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 05.05.2021 – 16.06.202110:15 – 13:30EW 148 [Corona] + ZOOM; “Corona-Gebäude”
Wednesday  (weekly) 05.05.2021 – 16.06.202110:15 – 13:30JURA-ZOOM-08; Virtuelles Gebäude
International Trade Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The International Trade Law course seeks to familiarize students with the numerous legal issues that commonly arise in the context of the trade in goods and services between and among nations. In addition, the course provides students with the economic theories underlying international trade and the history of international trade. The areas of coverage during the course include the following:

  • The theory of „comparative advantage“ developed and popularized by the Eighteenth Century British economist, David Ricardo, along with subsequent critiques and modifications of this theory.
  • The beginnings of trade between nations beginning in ancient times and its expansion, development and increasing sophistication during the subsequent centuries.
  • The continuing conflict between the principles and practices of „free trade“ and those of „mercantilism,“ sometimes described as „import substitution.“
  • The development of free trade agreements („FTAs“) during the previous 300 years and the relatively recent phenomenon of „trade blocs“ and „customs unions“ involving groups of nations pursuing common economic and political objectives. Examples of these latter types of trade combinations are the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations („ASEAN“)
  • The establishment of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade („GATT“) after World War II and its transformation into the World Trade Organization („WTO“) in 1995.
  • The structure, operations and goals of the WTO and the various trade agreements that bind all WTO members („Multilateral Agreements“) and those agreements that only bind those nations acceding to their terms („Plurilateral Agreements“).
  • The future of the WTO and trade blocs in the Twenty-First Century.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202108:30 – 10:00JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Saturday  (single date) 05.06.202108:30 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-20; Virtuelles Gebäude
Saturday  (single date) 12.06.202108:30 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-20; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 30.06.202113:45 – 15:00JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Internationales Steuerrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202112:00 – 13:30JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 09.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Introduction to German Constitutional Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:

The course provides a general introduction to German Constitutional Law i.e. the constitution, its background and contents and methods to work with constitutional legal texts.
The German Grundgesetz (Basic Law) which up to this day forms the formal constitutional document of the Federal Republic of Germany has its roots in the allied occupation of Western Germany after World War II. It has proven to be a reliable foundation for the development of the German democratic system and the federal state. The provision of fundamental rights (Art. 1 – 19) puts the Grundgesetz in the tradition of European and North American human rights thinking. It has had an enormous impact on all German law.
Although experiencing some changes throughout the years – especially during the process of the German reunification – the general structure and main provisions of the Grundgesetz remained unchanged.
The course will cover the structure of the German Grundgesetz and its most important provisions while putting a particular focus on the first chapter containing the fundamental rights provisions. Additionally, students will learn about constitutional law in general, the federal structure and the fundamental constitutional principles of the Federal Republic and its integration in the European Union legal system as well as understand the function of the constitutional organs and the legislative process.

Contents:
•    The German legal system
•    Constitutional Law
•    The Grundgesetz and the European Union
•    Fundamental Rights
•    Fundamental Constitutional Principles
•    The Federal State
•    Constitutional organs
•    Legislative procedure
•    Public administration
•    The judicial system

Learning Target:
Students will be able to understand the basic principles and most important provisions of the Grundgesetz and solve simple cases regarding fundamental rights. They will be familiar with the structure of the federal state and its function as well as its most important constitutional, administrative and judicial organs. Students can assess by way of comparison similarities and dissimilarities in other legal systems.

Literature:
No specific textbook is required. Additional reading recommendations will be given in the lecture.

Examination:
Oral Exam.

Instructor(s):
Emanuel Kollmann
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 01.03.2021 – 18.06.202113:45 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Introduction to Public International Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Instructor(s):
Raphael Oidtmann
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 28.05.202108:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 18.06.202108:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-17; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 24.03.202110:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-16; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
This course provides students with an understanding of the system of public international law, regulating relations between actors on the global stage. Topics include: the nature of international law, sources of international law (including treaties, customary international law and general principles of law), participants in the international legal system (including notions of statehood, legal personality and diplomatic protection), territory and acquisition of title, state responsibility, jurisdiction and immunity, the relationship between international and domestic law, international human rights law, the (peacekeeping) operations of the United Nations including the role of the General Assembly, international dispute settlement and the role of the International Court of Justice as well as the law regulating the use of force and, correspondingly, the Security Council.
Sessions will take place on a weekly basis and consist of both lecture and discussion parts. Within the discussion part, current developments such as inter alia pending cases before the International Court of Justice and further contemporary topics will be discussed.

Introductory Reading (optional):
  • Cassese, Antonio (ed.): ‘Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Crawford, James and Ian Brownlie: ‘Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Hall, Stephen: ‘Principles of International Law’ (Hong Kong, LexisNexis, 2014)
  • Kaczorowska, Alina: ‘Public International Law’ (London, Routledge, 2010)
  • Lowe, Vaughan: ‘International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Tourme-Jouannet, Emmanuelle: ‘The Liberal-Welfarist Law of Nations: A History of International Law’ (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Required reading materials as well as additional sources will be provided electronically.
Mode of assessment for this course will be a research paper. In addition, oral participation will contribute to the final grade awarded for this course.

Course is open for Bachelor and Master students and recommended for Bachelor and Master Political Science students. 
Kolloquium Rechtsphilosophie (Colloquium)
DE
Lecture type:
Colloquium
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Ergänzend: Seelmann/Demko, Rechtsphilosophie, 7. Aufl. 2019; Volkmann, Rechtsphilosophie, 2018.
Instructor(s):
Hans-Joachim Cremer
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202117:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 14.04.202119:00 – 20:30JURA-ZOOM-03; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
Im Frühjahrssemester 2021 haben wir im Rahmen des Kolloquiums begonnen „Die Metaphysik der Sitten“ von Immanuel Kant zu lesen. Im Herbstsemester soll die gemeinsame Lektüre dieses Werks fortgesetzt werden. Dabei ist es nicht erforderlich, das Kolloquium im Frühjahr besucht zu haben.

Ziel ist es, nach einer Betrachtung von Kants Staatsrecht seine Konstruktion des Völkerrechts und schließlich auch das zu erschließen, was er Weltbürgerrecht nennt.

Besondere Aufmerksamkeit gilt also der internationalen Dimension des Rechts. Nach überkommener Sichtweise bilden Staaten die „ursprünglichen“ Rechtspersonen des Völkerrechts. Ihnen kommt Souveränität zu. Damit korrespondiert das Verbot, dass ein Staat sich in die ausschließlichen inneren oder äußeren Angelegenheiten eines anderen Staates einmischt (Interventionsverbot). Seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs und der Gründung der Vereinten Nationen hat sich das internationale Recht aber dahin entwickelt, dass die Staaten der Welt kraft Völkerrechts zur Achtung und Wahrung von Menschenrechten verpflichtet sind – und dass diese staatliche Verpflichtung mit subjektiven Rechten des Einzelmenschen korrespondiert. Die historische Entwicklung des Völkerrechts verläuft damit „vom Staat hin zum Einzelmenschen“ (menschenrechtlich gesehen gleichsam ein „top-down approach“).

Grundlegende praktische Bemühungen um eine friedliche Weltordnung nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg lehnten sich auch an die Philosophie Immanuel Kants an, für den die Schaffung eines Völkerbundes der Schlüssel zu einer vernunftrechtlichen Ordnung darstellt.

Kant gründet sein öffentliches Recht darauf, dass allen Menschen ein (gleiches) Recht auf Freiheit angeboren sei, und konstruiert von da aus nicht nur die Gründung eines Staates, sondern letztlich auch das Völkerrecht. Im Vergleich zur historischen Entwicklung verfolgt Kant also einen „bottom-up approach“.

Das Kolloquium will Kants Rechtsphilosophie in den Blick nehmen und sein „System“ des Rechts mit dem geltenden Völkerrecht kontrastieren.

Beifachstudierende des Öffentlichen Rechts können die Prüfungsleistung für ihr Wahlfach erbringen, indem sie im Anschluss an eine Kolloquiumsstunde deren Inhalt sowie den Inhalt des besprochenen Buchausschnitts zusammenfassen und in der Folgestunde kurz präsentieren.
Law & Economics (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:

The course provides an introduction to “law and economics” (also known as the “economic analysis of law”), i.e. the application of concepts and methods from economics to legal problems. It is offered in collaboration with the university’s economics department. The course starts with the foundations of microeconomic theory, welfare economics and law and economics and then covers selective topics from the three main areas of private law.

Foundations of law and economics

  • Basic positive economics: utility maximization under constraints
  • Basic welfare economics: Pareto and Kaldor/Hicks efficiency
  • Coase theorem

Property law and economics

  • Tragedy of the commons as the main rationale of property rights
  • Information problems in property rights
  • The limits of property rights: tragedy of the anticommons

Tort law

  • The objective of accident cost minimization
  • Negligence liability and strict liability
  • Unilateral and bilateral care
  • Special problems: causation, punitive damages, pure economic loss, liability for physical injury

Contract law

  • The objective of maximizing surplus
  • Default rules as a way to economize on transaction costs
  • Efficient and inefficient breach of contract
  • Penalty defaults
  • Legal remedies to adverse selection caused by asymmetric information
  • Economic analysis of standard terms and conditions
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
Students obtain a sound understanding of how economic methodology can be applied to legal problems. They know to employ economic efficiency criteria as arguments for resolving legal cases. They are aware of the main theories advanced in law and economics scholarship relating to property law, tort law and contract law.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 02.03.2021 – 15.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (single date) 21.06.202108:00 – 10:00JURA-ZOOM-05; Virtuelles Gebäude
Legal Tech und Recht der Digitalisierung (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Rupert Vogel
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 18.06.202115:30 – 17:00JURA-ZOOM-08; Virtuelles Gebäude
Legal Tech vs. Recht – Herausforderung für Start-Ups, Kanzleien und Berufseinsteiger (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Monday  (single date) 14.06.202117:15 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-20; Virtuelles Gebäude
Private International Law (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:
Dealing with contract drafting and disputes in the context of international business transactions involves the potential applicability of domestic laws of more than one State. This lecture provides an introduction into the relevant issues of conflict of laws in cases with a foreign element, with a particular focus on the fields of contracts, corporations and torts.

This course deals with methods and rules to be applied in such “conflict of laws” scenarios (as the topic is referred to by common lawyers) in order to determine which country’s legal system governs the merits of such cases. While rules of “Private International Law” (PIL) have traditionally been mostly rules of national (domestic) law, in the field of business law, two comprehensive EU regulations have been introduced in recent years (the “Rome I” and “Rome II” Regulations), which will be at the core of the present course along with the general doctrines of PIL as codified in the German Introductory Act to the Civil Code. In doing so, reference will also be made to general ideas and principles of Private International Law in other European countries and in the United States. For the time being, questions of property law as well as the law of corporations still underlie the autonomous (national) PIL of the forum state, yet with some impact of EU case law that needs to be considered in the context of free movement of corporations within the EU.

As the student is supposed to take the perspective of a German court or of an attorney seeking the issuance of a German judgement, German PIL and its partial modification through EU case law will be discussed in class.
General principles of conflict of laws
Private International Law in contracts cases: The Rome I Regulation
The proposal for a Common European Sales Law (CESL)
Private International Law in tort cases: The Rome II Regulation
Private International Law in property matters under selected domestic laws
Law applicable to corporations and free cross-border movement of companies
Private International Law in EU courts and third-country disputes
Brief overview of the jurisdiction of courts over cross-border disputes (in particular the Brussels I Regulation)

Learning outcomes and qualification goals: Students having completed the class should not only be able to spot special and general issues such as characterization, connecting factor, preliminary question, independent attachment, adaptation and ordre public but also be equipped with a method of how to approach and how to solve (find the applicable substantive law) on a step by step basis a private international law case from the perspective of a judge or an attorney.
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
Students having completed the class should not only be able to spot special and general issues such as characterization, connecting factor, preliminary question, independent attachment, adaptation and ordre public but also be equipped with a method of how to approach and how to solve (find the applicable substantive law) on a step by step basis a private international law case from the perspective of a judge or an attorney.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Juliana Mörsdorf
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 03.05.2021 – 31.05.202112:00 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (weekly) 07.06.2021 – 14.06.202112:00 – 15:15JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (single date) 28.06.202113:45 – 15:00JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 31.08.202112:45 – 14:00JURA-ZOOM-07; Virtuelles Gebäude
Recht der Mitbestimmung in der Vertiefung (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 03.03.2021 – 16.06.202108:30 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Umwandlungssteuerrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Andreas Schumacher
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 18.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Verfassungsgeschichte (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Nils Schaks
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 04.03.2021 – 17.06.202110:15 – 11:45JURA-ZOOM-02; Virtuelles Gebäude
Vertragsrecht und Vertragsgestaltung im Arbeitsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Christian Arnold
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 05.03.2021 – 18.06.202113:45 – 18:45JURA-ZOOM-04; Virtuelles Gebäude

Contact Department of Law

Dr. Elisa Berdica

Dr. Elisa Berdica

International Coordinator at the Department of Law
University of Mannheim
Abteilung Rechtswissenschaft
Schloss Westflügel – Room W 219
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181–1307
Fax: +49 621 181–1318
E-mail: international jura.uni-mannheim.de
Consultation hour(s):
By appointment