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 law.internationalmail-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
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
1
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Franck
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 11.04.2024 – 30.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 SO 108 Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Ost
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Aktienrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Carsten Schäfer
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
An Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
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 O'Laughlin
Date(s):
⚠ Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Monday  (single date) 18.03.2024 12:00 – 13:30 ZOOM-Lehre-029; Virtuelles Gebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Arbeitsrecht (Individualarbeitsrecht) mit integrierter Übung (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
12.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
4
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Philipp Fischinger
Date(s):
⚠ Friday  (weekly) 16.02.2024 – 31.05.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 10.05.2024 08:30 – 11:45 ZOOM-Lehre-012; Virtuelles Gebäude
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More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Arzneimittel- und Medizinprodukterecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
1
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Andreas Pitz
Date(s):
Tuesday  (single date) 23.04.2024 17:15 – 20:30 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Thursday  (single date) 25.04.2024 17:15 – 20:30 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 26.04.2024 15:30 – 18:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Außerdeliktische Ausgleichsordnung (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
10.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 09.04.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 10.04.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Bankrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Georg Bitter
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 22.02.2024 10:15 – 11:45 O 142 Engelhorn Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
⚠ Thursday  (weekly) 29.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Thursday  (single date) 23.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 05.06.2024 09:00 – 13:00 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Comparative Law II: The Common/Civil Law Divide (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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):
Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Monday  (single date) 22.04.2024 10:15 – 11:45 O 135 Saal der starken Marken Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Monday  (single date) 29.04.2024 10:15 – 11:45 O 129 Göhringer Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 21.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 O 129 Göhringer Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Einführung in das deutsche Zivilrecht für ausländische Studierende (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
10.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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):
Hagen Billotet
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Einkommensteuerrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
10.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
3
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Recommended requirement:
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straßburger
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 15:30 – 17:45 A 001 Großer Hörsaal; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Europäisches Wirtschaftsverfassungsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straßburger
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 SO 108 Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Ost
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
European Infrastructure Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Learning target:
The course will deal with issues of regulatory law, thereby constituting a useful supplement to the European Competition and the European Union Law. Regulatory law aims at creating competition on (formerly) monopolistic network infrastructure markets, such as the energy  or telecommunications markets. Hence, typical subjects of regulatory law are the energy law, the telecommunications law (including issues of digitization and media), the postal law and the railway law. In Europe, these areas of law are strongly influenced by EU law.
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz
Description:

The course will deal with issues of regulatory law, thereby constituting a useful supplement to the European Competition and the European Union Law. Regulatory law aims at creating competition on (formerly) monopolistic network infrastructure markets, such as the energy  or telecommunications markets. Hence, typical subjects of regulatory law are the energy law, the telecommunications law (including issues of digitization and media), the postal law and the railway law. In Europe, these areas of law are strongly influenced by EU law.
The course´s first part will introduce into the basics of regulatory law, including its historical roots and the concept of regulation. For this purpose, it will deal with EU competences, legal limits of regulation and will analyze typical objectives and instruments of regulatory law such as market, access and price regulation.
The course´s second part will give an introduction into specific areas of regulation, particularly analyzing the energy and telecommunications law including the regulation of virtual digital networks and media. For these purposes, the EU legislation as well as the case law of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) are presented. In preparation for the respective lessons, participants are asked to read ECJ rulings that will then be discussed during the course.

Fallstudien zu Human Resource Management in Organisationen (Exercise)
DE
Course type:
Exercise
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Achim Schunder
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 18:00 – 20:30 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Fallstudien zu Human Resource Management in Organisationen (Exercise)
DE
Course type:
Exercise
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Tödtmann, Dr. Sonja Schwald
Date(s):
Thursday  (single date) 20.06.2024 09:00 – 17:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 21.06.2024 09:00 – 17:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Grundlagen des Wirtschaftsverwaltungsrechts (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Egidy
Date(s):
⚠ Friday  (weekly) 16.02.2024 – 31.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 SO 108 Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 21.05.2024 19:00 – 20:30 ZOOM-Lehre-040; Virtuelles Gebäude
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More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Historische Grundlagen des Zivilrechtes (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Lena Kunz
Date(s):
⚠ Friday  (weekly) 16.02.2024 – 31.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 SO 108 Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Ost
Monday  (weekly) 26.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 001.A Hörsaal; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
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More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Insolvenz und Sanierung: Grundlagen (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Georg Streit
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 23.02.2024 13:00 – 16:15 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (weekly) 01.03.2024 – 22.03.2024 13:00 – 16:15 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 12.04.2024 13:00 – 16:15 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 19.04.2024 13:00 – 16:15 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Instrumente des Human Resource Managements (Lecture w/ Exercise)
DE
Course type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Instructor(s):
Jeannette Staudt
Date(s):
Thursday  (single date) 22.02.2024 15:30 – 18:45 ZOOM-Lehre-035; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (single date) 29.02.2024 15:30 – 18:45 EO 145 Hörsaal (Bürgerhörsaal); Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 01.03.2024 12:00 – 15:15 EO 145 Hörsaal (Bürgerhörsaal); Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Thursday  (single date) 21.03.2024 15:30 – 18:45 ZOOM-Lehre-048; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 15:30 – 18:45 EO 145 Hörsaal (Bürgerhörsaal); Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 19.04.2024 12:00 – 15:15 EO 145 Hörsaal (Bürgerhörsaal); Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Thursday  (single date) 23.05.2024 17:15 – 18:45 ZOOM-Lehre-050; Virtuelles Gebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Civil and Commercial Litigation (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
This course will examine all major aspects of cross-border litigation as the conventional and most important method of international dispute resolution between private parties. Primary emphasis is on the conduct of international litigation in EU Member States, but there will also be comparative treatment of other major jurisdictions (notably the UK and the U.S.).

After introducing the concept of international litigation and the main policy issues at stake, the course will comprehensively address the crucial procedural law questions lawyers have to deal with when bringing a cross-border civil or commercial dispute to a national court. These include: international jurisdiction (Which court is competent?), coordination between different jurisdictions (lis pendens, provisional measures), conduct of proceedings (service of documents, taking evidence abroad) as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Students who have completed the course will have developed a sound understanding of international procedural law that will enable them to successfully work in a litigation context, be it in the judiciary, a law firm or a legal department. The course is suited for exchange and graduate students (LL.M., M.C.B.L.) in law and related fields as well as for LL.B. students aiming to cover the relevant aspects of international procedural law required for taking the First German State Exam according to § 8 Abs. 2 Nr. 5 JAPrO.

The course will cover the following subjects:
•    Concept and practical relevance of international litigation
•    Advantages and disadvantages of international litigation
•    Sources of international procedural law
•    International jurisdiction
•    Coordination between different jurisdictions
•    Conduct of proceedings
•    Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments

Course materials: Required reading materials will be provided or made available electronically via the university library. Introductory and further readings (optional):
•    Fentiman, Richard: International Commercial Litigation, 2nd edition, Oxford 2015, Oxford University Press
•    Hartley, Trevor C.: International Commercial Litigation, 3rd edition, Cambridge 2020, Cambridge University Press
•    Junker, Abbo: Internationales Zivilprozessrecht, 5th edition, München 2020, C. H. Beck

Assessment: Class participation and take-home-exam
Instructor(s):
Dr. Torsten Andreas Kindt
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 A 301 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Humanitarian Law / The law of armed conflict (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a body of rules that seeks to limit the effects of armed conflict. IHL protects those who are not participating in hostilities, and those who are no longer participating in hostilities. This body of law imposes limits on the methods and means of warfare. IHL forms part of public international law and is largely based on treaties and rules of customary international law. 
In this course the development as well as the basic concepts of IHL will be explored. Students will be introduced to the most important documents governing armed conflict, learn how to apply these and will consider the challenges posed to the application of IHL in armed conflicts. A large part of the course will focus on the new developments in IHL including the emergence of new forms of armed conflicts and the development and use of new technologies in armed conflict.

Assessment
Assessment for this course will consist of one presentation and one take-home exam.
Instructor(s):
Marelie Manders
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 10:00 – 12:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 13:45 – 16:15 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Wednesday  (single date) 08.05.2024 15:00 – 15:30 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Wednesday  (single date) 08.05.2024 17:00 – 18:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 14.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 O 131 Wilhelm Müller Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
International Investment Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Bajar Scharaw
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 17.04.2024 – 29.05.2024 17:15 – 20:30 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Description:
This module will focus on the international law concerned with the regulation of foreign investments and the settlement of disputes between foreign investors and host States. Students will gain an overview of the evolution of international investment law and the development of legal instruments that seek to promote and protect investments abroad. By studying investment arbitration case law, students will familiarize themselves with bilateral, regional and multilateral investment treaties, their legal principles, regulatory approaches and procedural mechanisms of resolving investor-State disputes by international arbitration. Throughout the course, we will examine the problem of balancing the right to regulate in the public interest and the need for investment protection, which has become a key component of negotiations on new international investment treaties around the world. The course will cover the following topics:
✓ The Object and Purpose of International Investment Law
✓ The Sources of International Investment Law
✓ The History of International Investment Treaties and Investment Rules
✓ The Scope of Application of International Investment Treaties
✓ Substantive Standards of Investment Protection
✓ Settlement of Investor-State Disputes by International Arbitration
✓ Contemporary Issues, including European Union and International Investment Law
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Organizations: Structural Introduction (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:

Learning outcomes and qualification goals:

Long before the word “globalization” was coined, economic activities were no longer, if ever, confined to the national markets of States. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, the intensity of global trade and commerce has increased at an unprecedented rate. Thereby, international organisations have played a crucial role in the efforts of States to enable, enhance or control international economic activities, and have proven to be more than mere forums for inter-state negotiations. As the course will show, international organisations have emerged as global governance actors in their own right, exercising regulatory or even adjudicative powers, and regulating trade and business at regional and universal levels.

✓ Economic relevance of international organisations (selected examples, e.g. WTO, UN, OECD, ILO)
✓ Creation, development and institutional structure of international organisations
✓ International organisations as forums for negotiations
✓ International organisations as law-makes and standard-setters
✓ Monitoring and dispute settlement functions of international organisations
✓ Interaction between international, EU and national legal norms
✓ Accountability of international organisations

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:

Long before the word “globalization” was coined, economic activities were no longer, if ever, confined to the national markets of States. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, the intensity of global trade and commerce has increased at an unprecedented rate. Thereby, international organisations have played a crucial role in the efforts of States to enable, enhance or control international economic activities, and have proven to be more than mere forums for inter-state negotiations. As the course will show, international organisations have emerged as global governance actors in their own right, exercising regulatory or even adjudicative powers, and regulating trade and business at regional and universal levels.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Dr. Mateja Steinbrück-Platise
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 23.02.2024 – 19.04.2024 15:30 – 18:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Trade Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:
The International Trade Law course seeks to familiarize students with different public and private law issues that commonly arise in the context of trade in goods and services between and among nations through discussions about some exemplary cases the lecturers have either dealt with in their legal practice, either as attorney of one of the parties involved or as arbitrator. In addition, the course touches upon the topic of international investment law, as an area which is governed alongside issues of trade in recent international trade agreements negotiated and concluded by states throughout the world. It will further present an overview about different international organizations active in the context of international trade. 

CISG vs. national law in international trade practice
Practical limits regarding enforcement of contractual rights between international business partners
Impact of trade sanctions on individual contracts
Introduction to OECD
Investment law and respective disputes
Arbitration Practice in international trade
Typical IP violations and impact on contract fulfillment
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Ricarda Fahrbach, Dr. Jörg Fischer
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 30.04.2024 08:30 – 10:00 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Trade Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:
The International Trade Law course seeks to familiarize students with different public and private law issues that commonly arise in the context of trade in goods and services between and among nations through discussions about some exemplary cases the lecturers have either dealt with in their legal practice, either as attorney of one of the parties involved or as arbitrator. In addition, the course touches upon the topic of international investment law, as an area which is governed alongside issues of trade in recent international trade agreements negotiated and concluded by states throughout the world. It will further present an overview about different international organizations active in the context of international trade. 

CISG vs. national law in international trade practice
Practical limits regarding enforcement of contractual rights between international business partners
Impact of trade sanctions on individual contracts
Introduction to OECD
Investment law and respective disputes
Arbitration Practice in international trade
Typical IP violations and impact on contract fulfillment
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Ricarda Fahrbach, Dr. Jörg Fischer
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Internationales Privatrecht I (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Torsten Andreas Kindt
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 16.04.2024 – 28.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Wednesday  (weekly) 17.04.2024 – 29.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Introduction to German Constitutional Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and 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

Lecturer:
Katharina Longin

Instructor(s):
Katharina Longin
Date(s):
⚠ Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 17:15 – 18:45 EO 159 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 13:45 – 15:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-041; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 09.04.2024 – 30.04.2024 13:45 – 15:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 09.04.2024 – 30.04.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-040; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 26.04.2024 10:15 – 11:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 30.04.2024 13:45 – 18:45 210 Seminarraum; L 9, 1–2
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Introduction to Public International Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Raphael Oidtmann
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 ZOOM-Lehre-039; 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. 
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Kolloquium Rechtsphilosophie (Colloquium)
DE
Course type:
Colloquium
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Learning target:
– eine Außenperspektive auf das Recht gewinnen;
– am Beispiel nachvollziehen, wie man über Recht „reflektieren“ kann;
– mit rechtsphilosophischen Texten arbeiten lernen: Begriffe erschließen, Argumentationen nachvollziehen, durchdringen und kritisieren können;
– Zugang zu rechtsphilosophischen Texten und Fragestellungen finden.
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Ergänzend: Seelmann/Demko, Rechtsphilosophie, 7. Aufl. 2019; Volkmann, Rechtsphilosophie, 2018.
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Description:
Im Frühjahrssemester 2024 soll Gegenstand des Kolloquiums ein Ausschnitt dessen sein, was man in einem weiteren Sinn als „Völkerrechtsphilosophie“ bezeichnen könnte: die Suche nach normativen Grundsätzen für das Verhältnis menschlicher Gemeinschaften zueinander. Dies betrifft heute insbesondere die Beziehungen zwischen Staaten. Die Perspektive soll aber weiter gezogen werden und die historische Entwicklung des philosophischen Nachdenkens über „internationale Beziehungen“ mit einschließen. Diesem Zweck dienen soll die Lektüre des Buchs:
  • „International relations in political thought: texts from the ancient Greeks to the First World War” (Brown, Chris [Hrsg.], Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005).
Dieses ist in der Universitätsbibliothek verfügbar, auch als Online-Exemplar.
Das Buch gliedert sich in neun Teile: Auf eine allgemeine Einleitung folgen – von der Antike bis zur Zeit des Ersten Weltkriegs fortschreitende – acht Abschnitte jeweils mit einer Einführung und Auszügen aus Texten von Autoren, die das Thema des Abschnitts beleuchten.

Alle, die teilnehmen, werden gebeten, für die erste Sitzung des Kolloquiums jedenfalls die allgemeine Einleitung (Introduction, S. 1–15) zu lesen. In der Folge sollen die acht Abschnitte betrachtet und über eine Auswahl der abgedruckten Textauszüge diskutiert werden.

Studierende des Beifachs Öffentliches Recht können im Rahmen des Kolloquiums eine Prüfungsleistung im Wahlfach-Modul ablegen. Die Prüfungsleistung besteht darin, in einer Stunde des Kolloquiums einen der im Buch abgedruckten Texte vorzustellen und für die Diskussion aufzubereiten sowie über den Text und die Ergebnisse der Diskussion eine Ausarbeitung anzufertigen. Näheres werden wir in der ersten Stunde des Kolloquiums besprechen.
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Konzernrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
1
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Andreas Pentz
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Lauterkeitsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
1
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live & recorded
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 11.04.2024 – 30.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Monday  (single date) 13.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 17.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 17.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 ZOOM-Lehre-136; Virtuelles Gebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Legal Tech (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Dr. Clemens Christoph Birkert
Date(s):
Tuesday  (single date) 27.02.2024 17:15 – 18:45 ZOOM-Lehre-027; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (single date) 29.02.2024 17:15 – 18:45 ZOOM-Lehre-042; Virtuelles Gebäude
Medizinrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Mark Makowsky
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Monday  (single date) 27.05.2024 13:45 – 17:00 O 129 Göhringer Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Private International Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
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 (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. In recent years, proliferation of European legislation in the field has marked a considerable shift in the sources of Private International Law. 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
✓ Europeanization of Private International law
✓ 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
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:

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 (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. In recent years, proliferation of European legislation in the field has marked a considerable shift in the sources of Private International Law. 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.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
apl. Prof. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf
Date(s):
Saturday  (single date) 13.04.2024 10:45 – 17:30 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Saturday  (weekly) 20.04.2024 – 25.05.2024 15:00 – 18:00 ZOOM-Lehre-039; Virtuelles Gebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Privatversicherungsrecht I (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 21.05.2024 17:15 – 18:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Schuldrecht Allgemeiner Teil (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Georg Bitter
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 SO 108 Hörsaal; Schloss Schneckenhof Ost
Wednesday  (single date) 22.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Umwandlungsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
1
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Hans-Christoph Ihrig
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 10.04.2024 12:00 – 13:30 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Wednesday  (single date) 17.04.2024 12:00 – 13:30 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Unternehmensnachfolge (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
1
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Ralph Landsittel
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 17:15 – 18:45 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Unternehmenssteuerrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Erik Röder
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 13:45 – 15:15 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 15:30 – 17:00 O 151 Hans Luik Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 09.04.2024 15:30 – 17:00 O 148 MVV Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
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Verfassungsgeschichte (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straßburger
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost

Master

Advocacy Skills (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Learning target:

This course is dedicated to the art and science of communication as a lawyer. How do you  convince a judge that your client is in the right? What can you do to really impress in a courtroom or as a speaker at a conference? How do you draft a memo so that it is easy to understand? How do you prevail in a negotiation over a multi-million Euro contract?

Date(s):
Tuesday  (single date) 13.02.2024 16:00 – 20:00 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (weekly) 16.02.2024 – 23.02.2024 10:00 – 14:00 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Description:

This course is dedicated to the art and science of communication as a lawyer. How do you  convince a judge that your client is in the right? What can you do to really impress in a courtroom or as a speaker at a conference? How do you draft a memo so that it is easy to understand? How do you prevail in a negotiation over a multi-million Euro contract? The answers to these questions are crucial for a successful career as a lawyer. The art of effective communication in a highly professional context requires mastery of the full range of advocacy skills taught in this course. As a first step, the course is designed to give the students a general idea of what advocacy is all about. It will then go into detail and present a set of concrete guidelines for persuasive written and oral presentations. The highly interactive course will focus on the “how” (structure and style of presentations) and conclude with a solid introduction to negotiation psychology.

  • Heuristics: How our brain ticks and makes decisions
  • The art of writing: to explain, to convince or to confuse
  • Do you have PowerPoint or something to say? – Present professionally!
  • Crisis communication
  • Finding out the truth: Open questions & active listening
  • Interrogating witnesses: their story or your story?
  • Competitive and cooperative negotiation
  • Negotiation psychology
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
An Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
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 O'Laughlin
Date(s):
⚠ Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Monday  (single date) 18.03.2024 12:00 – 13:30 ZOOM-Lehre-029; Virtuelles Gebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Comparative Law II: The Common/Civil Law Divide (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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):
Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Monday  (single date) 22.04.2024 10:15 – 11:45 O 135 Saal der starken Marken Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Monday  (single date) 29.04.2024 10:15 – 11:45 O 129 Göhringer Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 21.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 O 129 Göhringer Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
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Corporate Governance II (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and 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, securities, and tax 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.

✓ Key features of business corporations
✓ Historical development of the modern business corporation
✓ 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
✓ 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
✓ Control transactions and the market for corporate control 

Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Erik Röder
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 13:45 – 15:15 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Wednesday  (single date) 24.04.2024 15:30 – 17:00 O 133 KPMG Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Einführung in das deutsche Zivilrecht für ausländische Studierende (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
10.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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):
Hagen Billotet
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Erbschaftssteuer- und Bewertungsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Jörg Stalleiken
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 16.02.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 08.03.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 22.03.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 12.04.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 19.04.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 17.05.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 31.05.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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Europäisches Arbeitsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
1
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kainer
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 08.04.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Europarecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
12.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
4
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Learning target:
- Überblick über das Recht der EU;
– Kenntnis der grundlegenden Organisationsstruktur der EU (einschließlich wichtiger Verfahren);
– Verständnis der Wirkungen des EU-Rechts sowie der Einwirkungen des EU-Rechts auf das Recht der Mitgliedstaaten;
– Überblick über ausgewählte Verfahren vor dem Gerichtshof der EU.
Instructor(s):
PD Dr. Jochen Rauber
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Wednesday  (single date) 08.05.2024 13:45 – 15:15 O 129 Göhringer Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Description:
a) die Europäische Union (EU) als supranationale Organisation,
b) Organe und Verfahren der EU,
c) Wirkungsweise des Primärrechts der EU,
d) Abgeleitete Rechtsakte der EU (Sekundär- und Tertiärrecht),
e) das Verhältnis von EU-Recht zum Recht der Mitgliedstaaten,
f) das Konzept des Binnenmarkts,
g) die Marktfreiheiten am Beispiel insbesondere der Warenverkehrsfreiheit,
h) ausgewählte Verfahren vor dem Gerichtshof der EU
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European Infrastructure Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Learning target:
The course will deal with issues of regulatory law, thereby constituting a useful supplement to the European Competition and the European Union Law. Regulatory law aims at creating competition on (formerly) monopolistic network infrastructure markets, such as the energy  or telecommunications markets. Hence, typical subjects of regulatory law are the energy law, the telecommunications law (including issues of digitization and media), the postal law and the railway law. In Europe, these areas of law are strongly influenced by EU law.
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz
Description:

The course will deal with issues of regulatory law, thereby constituting a useful supplement to the European Competition and the European Union Law. Regulatory law aims at creating competition on (formerly) monopolistic network infrastructure markets, such as the energy  or telecommunications markets. Hence, typical subjects of regulatory law are the energy law, the telecommunications law (including issues of digitization and media), the postal law and the railway law. In Europe, these areas of law are strongly influenced by EU law.
The course´s first part will introduce into the basics of regulatory law, including its historical roots and the concept of regulation. For this purpose, it will deal with EU competences, legal limits of regulation and will analyze typical objectives and instruments of regulatory law such as market, access and price regulation.
The course´s second part will give an introduction into specific areas of regulation, particularly analyzing the energy and telecommunications law including the regulation of virtual digital networks and media. For these purposes, the EU legislation as well as the case law of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) are presented. In preparation for the respective lessons, participants are asked to read ECJ rulings that will then be discussed during the course.

Intellectual Property Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Course type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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):
Dr. Simon Apel
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 15.03.2024 – 22.03.2024 09:00 – 12:00 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
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Intellectual Property Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Course type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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):
Leander Jérome Kommer
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 12.04.2024 – 19.04.2024 09:00 – 12:00 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
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Intellectual Property Law (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Course type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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):
Dr. Martin Schmidhuber
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 16.02.2024 – 23.02.2024 09:00 – 12:00 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Business Transactions (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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):
Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 28.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Civil and Commercial Litigation (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
This course will examine all major aspects of cross-border litigation as the conventional and most important method of international dispute resolution between private parties. Primary emphasis is on the conduct of international litigation in EU Member States, but there will also be comparative treatment of other major jurisdictions (notably the UK and the U.S.).

After introducing the concept of international litigation and the main policy issues at stake, the course will comprehensively address the crucial procedural law questions lawyers have to deal with when bringing a cross-border civil or commercial dispute to a national court. These include: international jurisdiction (Which court is competent?), coordination between different jurisdictions (lis pendens, provisional measures), conduct of proceedings (service of documents, taking evidence abroad) as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Students who have completed the course will have developed a sound understanding of international procedural law that will enable them to successfully work in a litigation context, be it in the judiciary, a law firm or a legal department. The course is suited for exchange and graduate students (LL.M., M.C.B.L.) in law and related fields as well as for LL.B. students aiming to cover the relevant aspects of international procedural law required for taking the First German State Exam according to § 8 Abs. 2 Nr. 5 JAPrO.

The course will cover the following subjects:
•    Concept and practical relevance of international litigation
•    Advantages and disadvantages of international litigation
•    Sources of international procedural law
•    International jurisdiction
•    Coordination between different jurisdictions
•    Conduct of proceedings
•    Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments

Course materials: Required reading materials will be provided or made available electronically via the university library. Introductory and further readings (optional):
•    Fentiman, Richard: International Commercial Litigation, 2nd edition, Oxford 2015, Oxford University Press
•    Hartley, Trevor C.: International Commercial Litigation, 3rd edition, Cambridge 2020, Cambridge University Press
•    Junker, Abbo: Internationales Zivilprozessrecht, 5th edition, München 2020, C. H. Beck

Assessment: Class participation and take-home-exam
Instructor(s):
Dr. Torsten Andreas Kindt
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 A 301 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Humanitarian Law / The law of armed conflict (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a body of rules that seeks to limit the effects of armed conflict. IHL protects those who are not participating in hostilities, and those who are no longer participating in hostilities. This body of law imposes limits on the methods and means of warfare. IHL forms part of public international law and is largely based on treaties and rules of customary international law. 
In this course the development as well as the basic concepts of IHL will be explored. Students will be introduced to the most important documents governing armed conflict, learn how to apply these and will consider the challenges posed to the application of IHL in armed conflicts. A large part of the course will focus on the new developments in IHL including the emergence of new forms of armed conflicts and the development and use of new technologies in armed conflict.

Assessment
Assessment for this course will consist of one presentation and one take-home exam.
Instructor(s):
Marelie Manders
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 10:00 – 12:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 13:45 – 16:15 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Wednesday  (single date) 08.05.2024 15:00 – 15:30 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Wednesday  (single date) 08.05.2024 17:00 – 18:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 14.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 O 131 Wilhelm Müller Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
International Investment Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Bajar Scharaw
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 17.04.2024 – 29.05.2024 17:15 – 20:30 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Description:
This module will focus on the international law concerned with the regulation of foreign investments and the settlement of disputes between foreign investors and host States. Students will gain an overview of the evolution of international investment law and the development of legal instruments that seek to promote and protect investments abroad. By studying investment arbitration case law, students will familiarize themselves with bilateral, regional and multilateral investment treaties, their legal principles, regulatory approaches and procedural mechanisms of resolving investor-State disputes by international arbitration. Throughout the course, we will examine the problem of balancing the right to regulate in the public interest and the need for investment protection, which has become a key component of negotiations on new international investment treaties around the world. The course will cover the following topics:
✓ The Object and Purpose of International Investment Law
✓ The Sources of International Investment Law
✓ The History of International Investment Treaties and Investment Rules
✓ The Scope of Application of International Investment Treaties
✓ Substantive Standards of Investment Protection
✓ Settlement of Investor-State Disputes by International Arbitration
✓ Contemporary Issues, including European Union and International Investment Law
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Organizations: Structural Introduction (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:

Learning outcomes and qualification goals:

Long before the word “globalization” was coined, economic activities were no longer, if ever, confined to the national markets of States. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, the intensity of global trade and commerce has increased at an unprecedented rate. Thereby, international organisations have played a crucial role in the efforts of States to enable, enhance or control international economic activities, and have proven to be more than mere forums for inter-state negotiations. As the course will show, international organisations have emerged as global governance actors in their own right, exercising regulatory or even adjudicative powers, and regulating trade and business at regional and universal levels.

✓ Economic relevance of international organisations (selected examples, e.g. WTO, UN, OECD, ILO)
✓ Creation, development and institutional structure of international organisations
✓ International organisations as forums for negotiations
✓ International organisations as law-makes and standard-setters
✓ Monitoring and dispute settlement functions of international organisations
✓ Interaction between international, EU and national legal norms
✓ Accountability of international organisations

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:

Long before the word “globalization” was coined, economic activities were no longer, if ever, confined to the national markets of States. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, the intensity of global trade and commerce has increased at an unprecedented rate. Thereby, international organisations have played a crucial role in the efforts of States to enable, enhance or control international economic activities, and have proven to be more than mere forums for inter-state negotiations. As the course will show, international organisations have emerged as global governance actors in their own right, exercising regulatory or even adjudicative powers, and regulating trade and business at regional and universal levels.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Dr. Mateja Steinbrück-Platise
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 23.02.2024 – 19.04.2024 15:30 – 18:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Sale of Goods (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live & recorded
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:
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.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 17.04.2024 – 29.05.2024 10:15 – 13:30 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Monday  (single date) 13.05.2024 13:45 – 15:15 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 17.05.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-131; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 17.05.2024 13:45 – 15:15 030 Besprechungsraum; B 6, 30–32 Bauteil E-F
Friday  (single date) 24.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 030 Besprechungsraum; B 6, 30–32 Bauteil E-F
Friday  (single date) 24.05.2024 10:15 – 11:45 ZOOM-Lehre-008; Virtuelles Gebäude
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International Trade Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:
The International Trade Law course seeks to familiarize students with different public and private law issues that commonly arise in the context of trade in goods and services between and among nations through discussions about some exemplary cases the lecturers have either dealt with in their legal practice, either as attorney of one of the parties involved or as arbitrator. In addition, the course touches upon the topic of international investment law, as an area which is governed alongside issues of trade in recent international trade agreements negotiated and concluded by states throughout the world. It will further present an overview about different international organizations active in the context of international trade. 

CISG vs. national law in international trade practice
Practical limits regarding enforcement of contractual rights between international business partners
Impact of trade sanctions on individual contracts
Introduction to OECD
Investment law and respective disputes
Arbitration Practice in international trade
Typical IP violations and impact on contract fulfillment
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Ricarda Fahrbach, Dr. Jörg Fischer
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 30.04.2024 08:30 – 10:00 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Trade Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:
The International Trade Law course seeks to familiarize students with different public and private law issues that commonly arise in the context of trade in goods and services between and among nations through discussions about some exemplary cases the lecturers have either dealt with in their legal practice, either as attorney of one of the parties involved or as arbitrator. In addition, the course touches upon the topic of international investment law, as an area which is governed alongside issues of trade in recent international trade agreements negotiated and concluded by states throughout the world. It will further present an overview about different international organizations active in the context of international trade. 

CISG vs. national law in international trade practice
Practical limits regarding enforcement of contractual rights between international business partners
Impact of trade sanctions on individual contracts
Introduction to OECD
Investment law and respective disputes
Arbitration Practice in international trade
Typical IP violations and impact on contract fulfillment
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Ricarda Fahrbach, Dr. Jörg Fischer
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Internationales Steuerrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Dr. Nils Häck
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 17.04.2024 – 29.05.2024 12:00 – 15:15 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Introduction to German Constitutional Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and 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

Lecturer:
Katharina Longin

Instructor(s):
Katharina Longin
Date(s):
⚠ Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 17:15 – 18:45 EO 159 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 13:45 – 15:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-041; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 09.04.2024 – 30.04.2024 13:45 – 15:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 09.04.2024 – 30.04.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-040; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 26.04.2024 10:15 – 11:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 30.04.2024 13:45 – 18:45 210 Seminarraum; L 9, 1–2
Caution: Individual dates in the series marked with have changed. Please check the portal for details.
Introduction to Public International Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Raphael Oidtmann
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 ZOOM-Lehre-039; 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. 
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Kolloquium Rechtsphilosophie (Colloquium)
DE
Course type:
Colloquium
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Learning target:
– eine Außenperspektive auf das Recht gewinnen;
– am Beispiel nachvollziehen, wie man über Recht „reflektieren“ kann;
– mit rechtsphilosophischen Texten arbeiten lernen: Begriffe erschließen, Argumentationen nachvollziehen, durchdringen und kritisieren können;
– Zugang zu rechtsphilosophischen Texten und Fragestellungen finden.
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Ergänzend: Seelmann/Demko, Rechtsphilosophie, 7. Aufl. 2019; Volkmann, Rechtsphilosophie, 2018.
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Description:
Im Frühjahrssemester 2024 soll Gegenstand des Kolloquiums ein Ausschnitt dessen sein, was man in einem weiteren Sinn als „Völkerrechtsphilosophie“ bezeichnen könnte: die Suche nach normativen Grundsätzen für das Verhältnis menschlicher Gemeinschaften zueinander. Dies betrifft heute insbesondere die Beziehungen zwischen Staaten. Die Perspektive soll aber weiter gezogen werden und die historische Entwicklung des philosophischen Nachdenkens über „internationale Beziehungen“ mit einschließen. Diesem Zweck dienen soll die Lektüre des Buchs:
  • „International relations in political thought: texts from the ancient Greeks to the First World War” (Brown, Chris [Hrsg.], Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005).
Dieses ist in der Universitätsbibliothek verfügbar, auch als Online-Exemplar.
Das Buch gliedert sich in neun Teile: Auf eine allgemeine Einleitung folgen – von der Antike bis zur Zeit des Ersten Weltkriegs fortschreitende – acht Abschnitte jeweils mit einer Einführung und Auszügen aus Texten von Autoren, die das Thema des Abschnitts beleuchten.

Alle, die teilnehmen, werden gebeten, für die erste Sitzung des Kolloquiums jedenfalls die allgemeine Einleitung (Introduction, S. 1–15) zu lesen. In der Folge sollen die acht Abschnitte betrachtet und über eine Auswahl der abgedruckten Textauszüge diskutiert werden.

Studierende des Beifachs Öffentliches Recht können im Rahmen des Kolloquiums eine Prüfungsleistung im Wahlfach-Modul ablegen. Die Prüfungsleistung besteht darin, in einer Stunde des Kolloquiums einen der im Buch abgedruckten Texte vorzustellen und für die Diskussion aufzubereiten sowie über den Text und die Ergebnisse der Diskussion eine Ausarbeitung anzufertigen. Näheres werden wir in der ersten Stunde des Kolloquiums besprechen.
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Law & Economics (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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.
Legal methodology does not offer the tools to describe or predict human behaviour. When interpreting legal provisions in light of their real world purpose or when conduction functional legal comparisons knowledge on how the law affect human behaviour is indispensable. Economics provides a behavioural theory to predict how people respond to laws. In this course, we will apply this theory to consider the respective effect of diverging interpretations of legal rules. This will allow us to fine-tune legal interpretations to the goals that the law promotes or the purpose it serves.

Foundations of law and economics
✓ What individuals strive for: Utility maximization under constraints
✓ What society strives for: Pareto and Kaldor-Hicks efficiency

Property law and economics
✓ Why we need property rights: The Coase Theorem and the Tragedy of the commons
✓ Why we need intellectual property rights: Fostering innovation

Tort law
✓ Why we need tort law: Minimizing accident costs
✓ Comparing the effects on behaviour of negligence liability vs. strict liability

Contract law
✓ Why we need contract law: Minimizing transaction costs
✓ Why we need laws against fraud: Avoiding a Market for Lemons
✓ The effect of legal remedies on contract performance: The concept of efficient breach of contract

Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
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.
Legal methodology does not offer the tools to describe or predict human behaviour. When interpreting legal provisions in light of their real world purpose or when conduction functional legal comparisons knowledge on how the law affect human behaviour is indispensable. Economics provides a behavioural theory to predict how people respond to laws. In this course, we will apply this theory to consider the respective effect of diverging interpretations of legal rules. This will allow us to fine-tune legal interpretations to the goals that the law promotes or the purpose it serves.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Erik Röder
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 O 148 MVV Hörsaal; Schloss Ostflügel
Tuesday  (single date) 28.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 EO 162 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Legal Tech (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Dr. Clemens Christoph Birkert
Date(s):
Tuesday  (single date) 27.02.2024 17:15 – 18:45 ZOOM-Lehre-027; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (single date) 29.02.2024 17:15 – 18:45 ZOOM-Lehre-042; Virtuelles Gebäude
Mündliche Prüfung (Lecture w/ Exercise)
EN
Course type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
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
Date(s):
Tuesday  (single date) 11.06.2024 09:00 – 14:00 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Private International Law (Lecture)
EN
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
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 (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. In recent years, proliferation of European legislation in the field has marked a considerable shift in the sources of Private International Law. 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
✓ Europeanization of Private International law
✓ 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
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:

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 (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. In recent years, proliferation of European legislation in the field has marked a considerable shift in the sources of Private International Law. 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.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
apl. Prof. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf
Date(s):
Saturday  (single date) 13.04.2024 10:45 – 17:30 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Saturday  (weekly) 20.04.2024 – 25.05.2024 15:00 – 18:00 ZOOM-Lehre-039; Virtuelles Gebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Recht der Mitbestimmung in der Vertiefung (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Instructor(s):
Dr. Kerstin Reiserer
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Umwandlungssteuerrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Andreas Schumacher
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 23.02.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 01.03.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 15.03.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 26.04.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 03.05.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 10.05.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Friday  (single date) 24.05.2024 08:30 – 11:45 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
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Verfassungsgeschichte (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
German
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straßburger
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 EO 165 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Vertragsrecht und Vertragsgestaltung im Arbeitsrecht (Lecture)
DE
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
German
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Christian Arnold
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 16.02.2024 13:45 – 18:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 23.02.2024 13:45 – 18:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 08.03.2024 13:45 – 18:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 22.03.2024 13:45 – 18:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 19.04.2024 13:45 – 18:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Friday  (single date) 26.04.2024 13:45 – 18:45 EO 169 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
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Contact Department of Law

Dr. Elisa Berdica

Dr. Elisa Berdica (she/her)

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: law.internationalmail-uni-mannheim.de
Consultation hour(s):
By appointment