The program offers one basic module (Module 1) and four specialization modules (Module 2 - 5). Module 6 includes writing the Master's thesis.
Module 1 focuses on the basics and foundations of European law. Aside from the more classical fields, lectures will also cover subjects such as European Private Law, and the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, in order to provide students with a basic understanding of and an insight into the legal inter-connectedness of the European Union and its institutions. Through a variety of practical simulation courses, such as the ECJ Moot Court or EuroSim, students are able to put their acquired theoretical knowledge into practice.
The study unit comprises various areas of law which are of fundamental importance not only in Europe but also from a global perspective, with regard to both economic and legal practice.
The courses convey sound knowledge of the general framework that characterizes economic activity in the European Union (the Economic and Monetary Union, Banking Law and European Tax Law). Students may also deepen their knowledge of more particular regulations which economic activities in the EU might be subject to (e.g. European Competition
Law, Economic and Competition Policy) or that potentially accompany such activities (e.g. Intellectual Property Law).
The challenges of economic globalization are taken into account in courses in which the subject matter extends beyond EU borders. In addition, there are numerous case studies offered as part of the study unit which allow students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. Moreover, students have the opportunity to focus on European Management.
The study unit deals with economic globalization especially in the areas of trade, investment and capital transactions. Courses such as International Trade, Investment and Raw Materials Law and further selected parts of International Economic Law convey essential knowledge of key material in International Economic Law. Special attention is given to the interplay between economics and law, a relationship that is becoming increasingly important in both international and European legal practice. Courses that delve more deeply into the subject matter include lectures based on the Foreign Trade Law of the European Union and its member states, substantive WTO Law (particularly focusing on the GATT, the GATS and the TRIPS Agreement) and the harmonization of national trade laws.
Certain courses are centered on legal areas that are becoming increasingly more important as a result of increased international trade (such as laws relating to financial supervision). In addition, courses are offered on international economic and monetary policy as well as on international economic sanctions laws.
The study unit International Dispute Resolution familiarizes students with typical problems and the basic concepts of international commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. The aim of the study unit is to focus on efficient and fair dispute resolution in a transnational context, in a world where commercial courts are national institutions. This study unit offers, in addition to the lecture topics listed, complementing lectures for increased understanding and insight, for instance in “International Business Transactions”, a lecture in which students can acquire specialized expertise and enhanced understanding of the complexity of cross-border trade as well as insight into the many cultural perspectives and aspects relevant to conducting business across borders.
Case studies, negotiation and procedural training are an important part of the study unit and provide an ideal addition to the lectures on offer. This enables students to obtain an ideal mix of theoretically minded lectures, equipping students with the necessary analytical abilities, and more practically applicable courses, allowing students to put their acquired theoretical knowledge into practice. Distinguished guest lecturers form an integral part of the program. Furthermore, excursions to international institutions (such as the ICC in Paris) are on the agenda.
Participants in this study unit will focus on the main features, limits and developments in human rights protection and will be shown how to put this knowledge successfully into practice. The study unit deals with the development and realization of human rights in public international law and in international treaties on a global level as well as on a regional European level and their respective interrelations. Moreover, the study unit focuses on the relationship between the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights as well as on the practice of the bodies of the United Nations, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe.
The practical application of human rights law is of particular relevance and interest for the purposes of this study unit. The courses cover both past and pending case law which addresses current issues. But it also involves more general questions such as those relating to the rights of individuals in relation to the sovereignty of the European Union and the questions of how and whether the "neverending story" of an accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights can be brought to a successful conclusion.
The Master's thesis constitutes an independent academic thesis in the field(s) of European or international law. The Master's thesis may be written in English or German. Students have a deadline of three months to write and submit their thesis. Pursuant to its successful completion, an additional amount of 15 credit points will be awarded. Students are free to choose when to start working on their Master's thesis. Thus, the Master's thesis can also be written at a later stage, for example when already working. Once it has been successfully approved and graded by a nominated lecturer, the title “Master of Laws” is awarded to the student.
The courses are held in German or in English, and students are assessed by lecturers pursuant to the courses; primarily through a written or an oral exam. A specific number of credit points will be awarded for the completion of almost all of the courses. A total of 45 credit points minimum must be attained during the course of the study program. 15 additional credit points are awarded after the completion and approval of the Master's thesis. Three-quarters of the final mark therefore comprises the marks achieved during the study program, whilst the remaining quarter is composed of the mark awarded for the Master's thesis.