The curriculum is supplemented by various lectures and seminars out of sequence. During the second semester, three courses from the chosen specialisation are taken, and a fourth may be taken from either the chosen specialisation or the other one.
First semester: foundational knowledge
The foundational modules in the first semester serve the purpose of providing a basis in European legal thinking, as well as equipping students with a grounding in the political, legal and economic order of the EU.
|The EU – Legal and Political Perspectives|| |
Following an introduction into the establishment of the European Union, the legal aspects of European integration will be explored. Most importantly, students will be acquainted with the relationship between European and national law.
|Prof Stephan Hobe|
|The EU – Political and Economic Perspectives||The EU is based on economic considerations. The creation of the Common Market, transcending the markets of the respective 27 member states, is designed to create specific dynamics for the economic benefit of our member states. Moreover, a circle today comprising of 19 states are members of the Currency Union, an even greater step of economic integration.||Prof Ludger Giesberts|
|European Private Law|| |
The basis for any commercial dealings within the Common Market is laid out by Private Law. Although the member states still possess their own systems of Civil Law, the EU creates examples of common European Private Law rules. This course encompasses an introduction into the different national Private Law systems and the common European aspects of Private Law.
|Prof Heinz-Peter Mansel; Dr Lukas Rademacher; Dr Tobias Lutzi|
|Introduction to the Methods and Procedures of European Law (Add-on module)|| |
This course deals with the typical European methods and legal procedures within the EU as concerns the interpretation of contracts or the constitution, the specific methods utilised by the European Court of Justice (e.g. effet utile) and its relationship with the European Court of Human Rights. Emphasis will be placed on the basic tools of legal writing, which will provide useful preparation for the compulsory thesis to be written at the end of the programme.
|Prof Barbara Dauner-Lieb; Dr David Markworth|
Soft skills training and language courses; tba.
This module can be completed in the form of working in a law firm, practicing law in other forms or alternatively by way of a practical case study. During the internship research for your Master's Thesis begins.
Please note: As the programme is held entirely online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently working on designing alternatives that can also be held online.
Second semester: specialisation
Sp1: European Economic Law
|European Business and Tax Law||Tax law has a great influence over legal consultation in the economic sector and is increasingly the subject matter of European regulation and jurisprudence. It has a mutual relationship with developments in the world economy and in EU Law and is thus of enduring significance.||Prof Johanna Hey|
|EU Competition Law and Digital Markets||Competition law is an important foundation of the European market and competitive order and a substantive part of the European economic constitution. The module concentrates on competition law, with its three central pillars of a ban on cartels, the prohibition of abusive practices and merger control. It also encompasses competition procedure, the application of competition law in the digital economy and the competitive economic and legal particularities of digital markets.||Dr Max Baumgart|
|Corporate Law, Capital Market Law and Compliance||The EU strives towards harmonising corporate rights in the member states; national corporate rights are hereby coming under increasing pressure to reform; at the same time EU law and the ECJ’s jurisprudence has an impact upon the governing rules. Moreover, the foundations of European capital market regulation will be taught and it will be analysed how the financial crisis and the persisting debate as to how capital market law is to be regulated in the future affect and will affect current developments in the future.||Dr Ulrich Göres, Attorney at law|
|Litigation in European Business Law||The module deals with litigation before the courts of the EU member states, as well as the European Union. On the one hand, this concerns legal protection against national measures relying on EU law and on the other hand legal protection directly against measures of the EU and its organs. The litigation process is taught practically, whereby the presentation of arguments and the development of strategies are simulated.||Dr Tim Maxian Rusche (EU Commission)|
Sp2: European Law and Sustainability
|Environmental Law||Environmental pollution and climate change are omnipresent issues and have mobilised people of a young age in the context of “Fridays for Future” The EU has committed itself to work towards sustainability and improving environmental pollution and the quality of the environment. For this reason, numerous institutions, procedures and legal norms have already been created; others, which are still to be created, are highly controversial. The focus in this regard lies on the EU as a global environmental actor.||Prof Kirk W. Junker|
|Energy Law||The energy industry has always been a cornerstone of the European economy. In times of climate change and a turnaround in energy, coal and phasing out nuclear energy, energy law is increasingly loaded with the aspect of sustainability. The module thus deals with the substantive questions of the energy industry with a focus on the relations between national and European energy law.||Prof Ulrich Ehricke|
|Challenges of Digitalisation for Europe (Industry, Law, Ethics)||In the light of digitalisation, the EU stands before tremendous legal and ethical questions and challenges. The transformation, which has occurred through increasing digitalisation, will encompass all aspects of life and will lead to great changes. The thematic focus will be artificial intelligence, freedom of expression and the working world of the future.||Prof Frauke Rostalski|
|International Investment Law||The subject matter of the module is the protection of foreign investments under Public International Law, as well as the associated Investor-State dispute resolution. The focus lies on the particularities of International Investment Law and its references to EU Law. In addition to teaching the fundamental content, the module also encompasses an interactive case study in the form of a mini Moot Court.||Junior-Prof Julian Scheu|
The process of finding a topic already begins in the semester break following the first semester. The emphasis is placed on the semester break after the second semester in which the independent work should be produced. As a general rule, the thesis should be written in cooperation with the preceding internship organisation.