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 offers a systematic and complete overview of the law of the European Union as derived from institutional and substantive legal principles and provisions of the founding treaties as well as other written and unwritten primary law of the EU, the legal acts of the bodies of the Union and other acts of secondary law, and the jurisprudence of the courts, in particular that of the CFEU. An excursion to the EU institutions in Luxembourg and Brussels shall provide an insight into the professional world.
5 CP

G 2


The EU as an Economic Community
Contents of this module are the economic advantages of cross-border division of labour. Two showcases of European integration, namely the internal market and the economic and monetary union, are analysed to what extent they prove advantageous and what are the economic-political implications they have. An excursion to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main shall provide an insight into the professional world.
5 CP

G 3


The EU as a Political Community
This module introduces students to the historical foundations, the history of ideas and the stages of the process of European integration starting with the time after the Second World War until today. In addition to this, the module deals with the structure, the institutional set-up and theory-based interpretations as well as analytical concepts of the Union from the view of political science. An excursion to the Foreign Office in Berlin as well as an excursion to the EU institutions in Luxembourg and Brussels (CFEU, European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Parliament) and other actors (Hanse-Office) shall provide an insight into the professional world.
5 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:

  • The EU as a Political Actor
  • External Relations of the EU
  • Companies as Economic Actors
  • Law of the EU

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.

The EU as a Political Actor

I. Overview

In the elective specialisation field A ‘The EU as a Political Actor’ the European Union is analysed from the perspective of political organisation, focussing on institutions, decision-making processes, policies, foundations of legitimacy, conditions of effectiveness etc. This specialisation field is mainly targeted at future civil servants in the national or international public sector, association representatives, political analysts or lobbyists who require in-depth knowledge of the political system of the EU.

II. Modules

S 1


European Constitutional Law and Politics
This module deals with the constitutional foundations of the EU and the process of European integration in the shape of institutional principles and provisions (integration and subsidiarity, the relationship between EU law and national law, democracy, rule of law, transparency, institutions, law-making and enforcement of EU law, legal protection). Human rights protection in the multi-level system of the European constitutional area will also be dealt with during the course of this module. In addition to this the political processes of decision-making and development are considered, having regard to the genesis of the constitutional and human rights policy in Europe as well as its current shape. An excursion to the Council of Europe and the ECtHR shall provide an insight into the professional world.
7 CP

S 2


The EU in the Process of Globalisation and Global Competition
Contents of this module are the portrayal and analysis of the political and economic framework employed by the EU when taking the stage as a political actor. Moreover the (economic-)political options for external as well as internal action with which the EU is equipped to successfully hold its own ground in the process of globalisation and global competition will be discussed, and to improve its citizens’ prosperity. This discussion considers both the views of political science and economics.
4 CP

S 3


European Governance
This module deals with the principles and specific shapes, instruments and contents of ruling in the multi-level system of the EU, is commonly referred to as ‘European Governance’. European Governance is characterised by the work-sharing interaction between European, national and sub-national actors in law- and decision-making processes and levels, of sovereign law-making and private self-regulation as well as framework and detailed provision of rules. An illustration as regards the contents of the characteristics of European Governance including its constitutional foundations (participatory democracy, subsidiarity, transparency) is provided by the analysis of selected internal policies of the EU (agricultural policy, migration policy, social policy, environmental policy). The consideration of policy fields is founded on theoretic and analytic concepts established by the participants. Historical developments and current discussions on reform are taken into account and practitioners from the respective policy field shall offer the chance for deeper discussion.
7 CP

S 4


External Economic and Enlargement Policy of the EU
This module deals with the relations of the EU to European and non-European third countries and economic areas as regards trade and association, also taking into account EU enlargement and neighbourhood policy and their respective interdependences. The continuous tension between deepening and widening within the framework of European integration will be considered in particular. Practitioners shall be included as regards current debates relevant to this module to offer insight into the professional world.
7 CP

Module Handbook ‘The EU as a Political Actor’


External Relations of the EU

I. Overview

The increasing relevance of the economic and political external relations of the EU, including their implications on security and defence matters, led to the inception of the elective specialisation field B ‘External Relations of the EU’. In order to gain comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the process of European integration it is necessary to also consider the EU within the framework of global competition, global challenges and responsibilities of the international community. Also the concept to ensure the identity of Europe on the global level feeds into these considerations. The EU, its Member States and private economic actors are embedded in an ever-growing imbroglio of international and transnational arrangements and regulations offering various new lines of work for suitably qualified academics. This field of specialisation is targeted at future international trade experts, civil servants working in international organisations, economic diplomats, or those who are interested in seeking employment in European or global security institutions.

II. Modules

S 2


The EU in the Process of Globalisation and Global Competition
Contents of this module are the portrayal and analysis of the political and economic framework employed by the EU when taking the stage as a political actor. Moreover the (economic-) political options for external as well as internal action with which the EU is equipped to successfully hold its own ground in the process of globalisation and global competition will be discussed, and to improve its citizens’ prosperity. This discussion considers both the views of political science and economics.
4 CP

S 5


Public International Law, International Organisations and the Political External Relations of the EU
The main features of Public International Law and the law governing international organisations as framework for and instruments of the external relations of the EU are considered in this module. Additionally the core ideas of the Common Foreign and Security Policy/Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP) are analysed. Practitioners shall be included as regards current debates relevant to this module to offer insight into the professional world.
6 CP

S 6


External Economic Relations, Development and Enlargement Policy of the EU
In this module the relations of the EU with European and non-European third countries and economic areas regarding the matters of trade, association, development and enlargement and neighbourhood policy as well as their respective interdependencies and synergetic effects are analysed. Considerations of current and application-oriented questions shall generate a high reference to the practical side of this field.
9 CP

S 7


The EU in the World Trade Order (GATT/WTO)
This module deals with the organisation and functioning of the legal framework of international economic relations (GATT and WTO) as well as their economic reasoning. Moreover, the legal and economic ramifications of further development of the world trade order are considered, in particular as regards the role of the EU in this development.
6 CP

Module Handbook ‘External Relations of the EU’


Companies as Economic Actors

I. Overview

The elective specialisation field C ‘Companies as Economic Actors’ focuses on the analysis of the EU and its internal and global interactions from the viewpoint of companies as the centre of economic activities. The conduct of companies on the European and global level plays a pivotal role in the pursuit of the economic, political and other objectives of the Union, the Internal Market here being the most obvious accomplishment. This specialisation field offers a thorough discussion of company law, competition law and policy and issues of business organisation. Students will also gain an understanding of labour relations, the protection of intellectual property and concepts of taxation of business-related activities. Future corporate and in-house lawyers, corporate consultants or civil servants in competition or regulation agencies are the main addressees of this field of specialisation.

II. Modules

S 8


Legal and Economic Aspects of Competition Law and Policy and the Protection of Intellectual Property
The module is devoted to competition law and policy, the tensions between the exclusive rights companies are granted as regards copyrights, investments in the reputation of an enterprise and legal protection of innovations, in particular invention on the one hand and on the other hand the system of undistorted competition within the Internal Market. Apart from the legal foundations of Intellectual Property Rights their economic justification is considered. An excursion, i. e. to bodies concerned with state aids control, shall offer insight into the professional application of the contents of the module.
7 CP

S 9


Legal and Economic Aspects of Business Organisation
This module deals with those aspects of business studies, institutional economics and taxation of companies relevant for business organisation and activities. There will be a thorough discussion of the interdependencies of those aspects as well as of their impact on the conduct of actors significant to the completion of the Internal Market (EU, Member States and companies).
4 CP

S 10


Legal and Economic Aspects of Cross-Border Capital Markets and Business Activities
This module deals with various ways of business financing and managerial activities in the European and international context. The economic significance of capital markets for business financing and the regulatory framework of European and international capital markets are discussed as well as the economic objectives and legal aspects of cross-border business activities.
7 CP

S 11


European and International Company Law & Legal and Economic Aspects of Labour Relations
In this module the aspects of business organisation derived from company law are considered. A comprehensive analysis of the legislative activities of the Union based on a survey of national company law systems from the perspective of comparative law is also part of the curriculum of this module. Furthermore this module covers the position of the employee in the Internal Market, focussing on those rules imposed by labour law and social policy which on the one hand prove to be significant for the position of the employee as a member of the workforce of an undertaking and on the other hand for the treatment of employees by the employer. Practitioners shall be included as regards current debates relevant to this module to offer insight into the professional world.
7 CP

Module Handbook ‘Companies as Economic Actors’


Law of the EU

I. Overview

The undiminished significance of EU law as means, form and instrument of economic, political and social integration calls for the implementation of the specialisation field D ‘Law of the EU‘. It is irrefutable that there is high demand for in-depth instruction on the legal foundations of the European Union as a new design of political and economic organisation and other central areas of Union law. The process of integration utilises means of law and requires legal expertise even when dealing with eminently political matters. Owing to these considerations, this specialisation field focuses on the constitutional and international foundations of EU law, the cornerstones of internal market law and human rights protection as well as the legal aspects of the economic and political external relations of the EU. It is targeted at lawyers working in the government sector (agencies, ministries, institutions of the EU) or the private sector (companies, law firms, corporate consultants) who aspire to deal with issues of Union law or public international law.

II. Modules

S 1


European Constitutional Law and Politics
This module deals with the constitutional foundations of the EU and the process of European integration in the shape of institutional principles and provisions (integration and subsidiarity, the relationship between EU law and national law, democracy, rule of law, transparency, institutions, law-making and enforcement of EU law, legal protection). Human rights protection in the multi-level system of the European constitutional area will also be dealt with during the course of this module. In addition to this the political processes of decision-making and development are considered, having regard to the genesis of the constitutional and human rights policy in Europe as well as its current shape. An excursion to the Council of Europe and the ECtHR shall provide an insight into the professional world.
7 CP

S11


European and International Company Law & Legal and Economic Aspects of Labour Relations
In this module the aspects of business organisation derived from company law are considered. A comprehensive analysis of the legislative activities of the Union based on a survey of national company law systems from the perspective of comparative law is also part of the curriculum of this module. Furthermore this module covers the position of the employee in the Internal Market, focussing on those rules imposed by labour law and social policy which on the one hand prove to be significant for the position of the employee as a member of the workforce of an undertaking and on the other hand for the treatment of employees by the employer. Practitioners shall be included as regards current debates relevant to this module to offer insight into the professional world.
7 CP

S 12


Legal and Economic Aspects of Competition Law and Policy
This module deals with the regulatory framework for cross-border activities of businesses on the relevant markets. On the one hand the theoretical and political aspects of the European system of undistorted competition as foundation of the Internal Market are analysed, on the other hand the different forms of restraints on competition and the legal prohibitions of which are discussed as well. An excursion, i. e. to bodies concerned with state aids control, shall offer insight into the professional application of the contents of the module.
4 CP

S 13


External Relations Law of the EU
This module deals with the main features of Public International Law and the law governing international organisations as framework and tools of the external relations of the EU as well as the particularities of the legal aspects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy/Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU (CFSP/CSDP).
In addition to this the organisation and functioning of the legal framework of international economic relations (GATT and WTO) will be discussed. The legal and economic ramifications of further development of the world trade order are considered, in particular as regards the role of the EU in this development.
Furthermore the relations of the EU to European and non-European third countries and economic areas are examined as regards trade and association, also taking into account EU enlargement and neighbourhood policy and their respective interdependences.
Practitioners shall be included as regards current debates relevant to this module to offer insight into the professional world.
7 CP

Module Handbook ‘Law of the EU’