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. International Labor and Employment Law (2 credits)
As labor and capital markets transcend domestic borders, the objectives of labor law can no longer be confined solely to actions within the nation state. The purpose of this subject is two-fold. First, to identify the diverse components of international employment and labor law, the institutions, the claims and the methods for advancing social protection to workers worldwide. This inquiry spans beyond traditional instruments that are associated with labor law, and includes trade law, private international law, international human rights and corporate social responsibility. It further seeks to embed the study of legal instruments in the broader economic and sociological debates on globalization. The second goal is to critically assess how international developments affect domestic labor law and our perception of the ethical and economic values that underscore this body of law.

Professor Paul Secunda

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 Hamburg and one to Berlin.  The tentative itinerary for the Hamburg trip includes a visit to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and a stop at the Neuengamme concentration camp.  The tentative itinerary for the Berlin trip includes the German "Bundestag," the "Brandenburger Tor," and the remains of the Berlin Wall.  The destinations and itineraries of the two field trips are subject to change prior to the start of the program.

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