International & Comparative Law In Germany - Courses

Academic Courses

The four week summer program offers courses in international and comparative law. Each student must select two out of the four courses offered. All courses are taught in English. Courses and Faculty may be subject to change prior to the start of the program.

1. International Economic Law & Business Transactions (2 credits)
International economic law is a rapidly developing area of international law concerned principally with international trade, investment, finance and banking. The course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the regulatory framework of the international trade system and is as well addressing a range of other legal issues arising from different kinds of international business transactions. The course begins with providing a general understanding of international trade law and the international legal system, allowing you to place international economic relations in context. You will explore questions of governance through studies of the World Trade Organization and examine the mechanics of more specific systems such as international trade law, international investment, international commercial arbitration, international intellectual property law and international corporate governance.

Dr. Adam Andrzejewski
Dr. Michael Weiss

2. Comparative Constitutional Law (2 credits)
This course introduces students to various interesting questions in comparative constitutional law on the basis of selected constitutional instruments from different jurisdictions. Firstly, we will enter into a discussion of structural issues, including comparative approaches to the separation of powers and judicial review. Secondly, we will analyze different approaches to federalism, among others addressing a comparison of competitive and cooperative models respectively. Thirdly, we will explore the question of constitutional change, focusing on how constitutions are amended and how new constitutions are written. Finally, we will address comparative approaches to individual rights, including the question of positive rights.

Professor Edward Fallone
Professor Dr. Thilo Marauhn
Professor Dr, Pablo Rueda-Saiz

3. Business Ethics and Human Rights Law (2 credits)
The course will explore the links between business and human rights, including questions regarding state obligations and the extent to which business entities such as multinational corporations have human rights responsibilities. It considers developments on the international and domestic level to promote accountability and to ensure compliance with emerging standards. We will discuss several areas that pose particularly difficult human rights challenges for companies (extractive industries, supply chain labor standards, operating in conflict areas), examining key issues and exploring how companies, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders have sought to address these challenges.

Dr. Sorcha MacLeod
Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt

4. Law & Development in a Changing World (2 credits)
This course explores ideas about law's role in development, and the international development assistance practices such ideas have inspired. The idea that a “modern” legal system is central to development has its origins in the 19th century, but in the decades after World War II the idea became the basis for organized legal development assistance efforts. Today, bodies such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the European Union, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the American Bar Association devote substantial resources to “law and development” and the “rule of law.” Yet while billions are being spent, the enterprise rests upon a wealth of contestable assumptions about the definition of law, the relationship of law to economic activity, the role of the state in economic governance, the appropriateness of external intervention in national legal systems, and the definition of development itself. In this course we will examine how both the underlying assumptions and the actual legal assistance efforts have changed over time, focusing on specific case studies from Northeast Asia, Latin America, the former Soviet Union, and China's One-Belt-One-Road initiative.”

Professor John Ohnesorge

5. Language Courses
Besides the law classes, participants have the opportunity to attend German language courses in the afternoon for a small additional fee. Registration for the German language courses will take place onsite when the program begins.

Field Trips
The curriculum includes two multiple day field trips, one to Brussels, Belgium and one to Berlin, Germany. The tentative itinerary for the Brussels trip includes a visit to European Parliament, the Belgian Colonial Museum, and a stop at Schloss Drachenburg castle. The tentative itinerary for the Berlin trip includes the German "Bundestag," the German Chancellery," and the Holocaust memorial. The destinations and itineraries of the two field trips are subject to change prior to the start of the program.

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