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International and EU Law

Module name (EN): International and EU Law
Degree programme: International Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: MAIM-223
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 4V (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 6
Semester: 2
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam (120 minutes / can be repeated semesterly)

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Curricular relevance:
MAIM-223 International Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2020, semester 2, mandatory course
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 180 hours (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 135 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Holger Buck
Prof. Dr. Holger Buck

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Learning outcomes:
The students
• are familiar with the important legal framework for international business
• understand the function and mechanisms of competition, contract and corporate law in international legal relations
• can work with the regulations in international agreements, EU law and various national laws independently and
  link them in compliance with the norm hierarchy
• manage the legal provisions in day-to-day life of an international corporation
• manage compliance by the laws and corporate governance
• develop solutions for concrete cases and contracts from international business law by classifying
  the problem, subsuming the situation using the relevant provisions and then deriving a result
• create design proposals for selected international contractual und corporate practices
• manage the solution of contractual disputes
• manage court proceedings following an infringement of intellectual property or a violation of unfair competition
• use databases in EU and international law
• acknowledge and evaluate the result based on general (legal) value assessments.

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Module content:
1. Compliance with the law and corporate governance
2) EU law and international law
a) The EU, EU law (components, relation with national laws)
b) The Single market of the EU, EU internal market law, entrepreneurial freedom of action, the Four Freedoms
c) International law, state sovereignity, international conventions and agreements, ratification by national states
3. EU and International Competition Law
a) International competition law and principle of territoriality
b) EU competition law
-  Cartel law with its references to national cartel law, leniency programme, individual damage claims for violation of cartel law
-  Abuse of a dominant position
-  Aids granted by Member States
-  Public procurement
c) Intellectual Property: Protection of industrial property rights (overview, EU, European, international and national law, overview of registration) and of know how
d) Court proceedings against infringement of industrial property rights and of the law against unfair competition
4. International Contracts
a) Overview of Conflict of laws (EU private international law: The law applicable to contractual obligations)
b) Contracts (freedom and limitations)
c) Consumers and their protection
d) Employees and their protection including anti-discrimination
e) Data protection
f) Import and export restrictions
g) Contractual design and safeguards for selected international contracts, special features when working with especially important contracts (letter of intent, NDA, international sales contracts, international distribution contracts including the impact of EU group exemption regulations, licence agreements)
h) Solution of contractual disputes (litigation before state courts, ADR)
5. International Companies
a) Legal forms of companies (national law, EU law)
b) Company statutes and structures
c) Merger control
d) Legal aspects of corporate social responsibility for internationally active companies

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Teaching methods/Media:
Interactive lecture with integrated case studies
- Visualizing slides
- Learning material posted in eLearning management system
- Online exercises for accessing international/EU legal sources

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Recommended or required reading:
- Bogdan, M., Concise introduction to EU private international law. Groningen: Europa Law Publishing, current edition
- Bovis, C., EU public procurement law. Cheltenham et al: Elgar, current edition
- Cook, T., EU intellectual property law. Oxford, Oxford University Press current edition
- Cordero Moos, G., International commercial contracts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, current edition
- Dabbah, M., International and comparative competition law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, current edition
- Fairhurst, J., Law of the European Union. Harlow: Pearson, current edition
- Ferrari, F. & Leible, S. (eds.). Rome I regulation: The law applicable to contractual relations in Germany. Munich: Sellier, current edition
- Geradin, D, et al., EU competition law and economics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, current edition
- Göpfert, B., Top issues in German labour Law: English-German. Munich: C. H. Beck, current edition
- Henning-Bodewig, F., International handbook on unfair competition. Munich et al.: C. H. Beck et al., current edition
- Herdegen, M., Principles of international economic law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, current edition
- Huber, P. (ed.): Rome II regulation. Munich: Sellier, current edition
- Jones A. & Sufrin, B., EU competition law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, current edition
- Lange, P.,(ed.), International trade mark and signs protection. Munich et al.: C. H. Beck et al., current edition
- Lianos, I. et al., Competition law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, current edition
- de Luca, N., European company law. Cambridge et al.: Cambridge University Press, current edition
- Mo, J., International commercial law. Butterworths, Sydney, current edition
- Ostendorf, P., International sales terms. Munich et al: C. H. Beck et al., current edition
- Savin, A., EU internet law. Cheltenham et al: Elgar, current edition
- Schütze, R. et al. (eds.), Münchener Vertragshandbuch Band 4 Wirtschaftsrecht III. München: C. H. Beck, current edition
- Schwenzer, I. et al. International sales law. Oxford et al: Hart, current edition
- Tritton, G., Intellectual property in Europe. London: Sweet & Maxwell, curent edition
- Thüsing, G., European labour law. Munich et al: C. H. Beck et al., current edition
- Twigg-Flesner, C. (ed.), European Union private law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,Cambridge, current edition
- Van Hulle, K. & Gesell, H. (eds.), European corporate Law. Baden-Baden: Nomos, current edition
- Voigt P. & von dem Bussche, A., The EU general data protection regulation: A practical Guide. Cham: Springer International, current edition
- Walz, R. (ed.), Beck’sches Formularbuch Zivil-, Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensrecht Deutsch – Englisch. Munich: C. H. Beck, current edition
- Weiss, F. & Kaupa, C., European Union internal market law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, current edition
- Yu, P., International intellectual property law and policy. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, current edition

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