Shared Modules

At the beginning of the Master Programme three basic modules devoted to the legal, economic and political aspects of European integration have to be attended by all students collectively. In addition to these three basic modules, all students – irrespective of their choice of specialisation, shall complete an internship of at least four weeks during the two terms, and shall submit an academic master thesis.

G 1


The EU as a Legal Community
This module deals with the institutional and substantive principles and regulations of European Community law stemming from the founding treaties and other primary law, in particular the constitutional conventions common to the Member States and the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights, the legal acts of the Community institutions, and other acts of secondary law as well as court decisions, in particular those from the European Court of Justice.
This module also covers the constitutional foundations of the EU and the European integration process, with special emphasis on institutional legal aspects (relationship between Community law / national law, institutions, democracy, transparency, substantive due process, federalism, Union citizenship, enforcement of Community law, legal protection, etc.).
8 CP

G 2


The EU as an Economic Community
Content of this module is the economic advantages of a cross-border division of labor. Building on this, European integration in the form of a single market and economic and monetary union will be examined in order to assess to what extent it unlocks these advantages and which economic and political implications are associated with them. Furthermore, (economic) policy options will be dealt with that are available to the EU both internally and in other economic areas in order to successfully assert itself in regional competition and increase the prosperity of its citizens.
8 CP

G 3


The EU as a Political Community
This module deals with the historical and intellectual foundations of European integration. Individual stages of development of the European integration process from the phase after World War II to the present will be reviewed. The setup, institutional structure, and theory-driven interpretations and analytical concepts of the Community will be considered from a political science perspective. The analysis also focuses on the framework conditions under which the EU acts as a political actor internationally and pursues its interests in global competition.
8 CP

PM


Practice Module

  • An internship in internationally oriented companies, international organisations, institutions of the EU, political entities, research institutions or law firms which enables the student to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in practice or
  • Participation in a practical simulation, e. g. simulated court proceedings (‘moot court’) or simulations of the legislative process in the European multi-level system, accompanied by practitioners from the institutions of the EU, administrative agencies, professionals etc.

5 CP


MT


Master Thesis
The candidate shall prepare a master thesis. This paper shall demonstrate the ability to undertake independent research in the field of the Master Programme.
15 CP

Fields of Specialisation

During the subsequent specialisation phase students have the opportunity to study one of the following elective specialisation fields in depth:

  • International Relations of the EU and
  • European Business Law.

Each specialisation field consists of four modules. The range of specialisation fields may vary from academic year to academic year depending on the interests of the applicants.

International Relations of the EU

I. Overview

In the elective specialisation field A ‘International Relations of the EU’ the international relations of the European Union are analysed.

II. Modules

S 1


Public International Law and the Political External Relations of the EU
This module deals with the foundations of general and treaty-based international law as a framework and instrument of the EU’s political foreign relations with non-EU countries and other subjects of international law. Furthermore, the historical development and value systems of the EU’s foreign relations will be analyzed on a theoretical basis. The characteristics of foreign policy competences and the content in the individual policy areas will be looked at separately.
4 CP

S 2


External Economic Relations of the EU
This module covers the EU’s trade and association policy relations with non-EU countries and economic areas. The distribution of competences between the Union and the Member States and their institutions is an important subject of the analysis. Practical relevance is highlighted through the analysis of current practical issues.
4 CP

S 3


The EU in International Organisations
This module deals with the basic principles of the law of international organizations as the framework and instruments of the EU’s foreign relations. Furthermore, the organization and operation of the legal framework for international economic relations (GATT and WTO) along with its economic rationality will be discussed. Moreover, the legal and economic problems of the further development of the world trade order will be addressed, in particular in terms of how the EU can and should influence this development.
4 CP

S 4


Political External Relations of the EU
The content of this module includes the EU’s developmental policy relations with European and non-European countries and economic areas taking into account European expansion and neighborhood policies and their interdependencies and synergies. The legal aspects of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP/CSDP) and the EU’s (common) migration policy will also be covered.
Practical relevance is highlighted through the analysis of current practical issues.
4 CP

S 5


Capital Markets and Investment Law
The content of this module covers the various forms of financing of businesses as well as the entrepreneurial activities in an European and international context. The economic importance and the main regulatory structures of the European and international capital markets will be examined in addition to the economic motives and legal aspects of cross-border business activities.
4 CP

Module Handbook ‘International Relations of the EU’


European Business Law

I. Overview

The increasing relevance of business law led to the inception of the elective specialisation field B ‘European Business Law’.

II. Modules

S 5


Capital Markets and Investment Law
The content of this module covers the various forms of financing of businesses as well as the entrepreneurial activities in an European and international context. The economic importance and the main regulatory structures of the European and international capital markets will be examined in addition to the economic motives and legal aspects of cross-border business activities.
4 CP

S 6


European Company and Labour Law and their international contexts
The content of this module includes the company law aspects of the organisation of businesses. There will be a comprehensive discussion of EU law based on a legal comparison of national company laws and regulations. Also included in this module are the employment and social security provisions that govern the position of workers in the internal market and the behavior of companies toward workers. The practical relevance of current issues handled in the module will be illustrated through discussions with professional practitioners.
4 CP

S 7


Competition Law and Intellectual Property Rights
The content of this module includes competition law and policy and the competing relationship between the exclusive rights granted to enterprises from a particular legal system with respect to industrial property rights and copyrights and the community system of undistorted competition as the basis of the EU single market. The economic justification of these exclusive rights will be addressed along with the legal foundation for intellectual property.
4 CP

S 8


Business Organisation
The content of this module includes the aspects of business management, institutional economics, and taxation relevant to the organization and activities of companies. The interaction of these aspects and their impact on the behavior of the participating actors (EU, Member States, and businesses) primarily responsible for the realization of the internal market for businesses will be addressed.
4 CP

S 9


Legal Aspects of the External Relations of the EU
The content of this module includes the organization and operation of the legal framework for international economic relations (GATT and WTO) along with its economic rationality. Moreover, the legal and economic problems of the further development of the world trade order will be addressed, in particular in terms of how the EU can and should influence this development. Furthermore, this module covers the EU’s trade and association policy relations with European and non-European countries and economic areas.
4 CP

Module Handbook ‘European Business Law’