International Semester 2019




International Tax and Business Law 3

This lecture will offer insights into taxation rights and tax duties, relief of double taxation (national laws, double tax treaties (coverage of double tax treaties, provisions of the OECD-MC, methods of avoidance of double taxation), tax avoidance and tax evasion (transfer Pricing, thin capitalization, CFC-rules, licence agreements).

It will also cover the following business related topics: international sales (CISG-rules), international (trade terms and their applications), international financing (financing of foreign trade, letters of credit).
International Trade Law: Foreign Trade Law & Customs Law 3

Foreign trade law covers the rules to conduct trade between countries or groups of countries like the European Union. Core aspects of the lecture: Trade liberalisation and facilitation vs. trade restrictions (customs duties, quantitative restrictions, trade preferences, anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures), international and European export control law (Export Control Regimes, EU Dual-Use Regulation).

Customs law is enacted to control import and export of goods to levy customs duties and to implement non-tariff trade restrictions. Core aspects of the lecture: International customs law (especially Revised Kyoto Convention, Harmonised System, WTO customs valuation rules), customs law of the European Union (legal sources, core elements of customs legislation, customs debt and customs procedures).
Intellectual Property Law 3
During the past decades globalization of the economy has increased the demand for an efficient IP Law system with effect in all parts of the world.
In view of this demand and the increasing importance of legal competence in this field the lecture is intended to provide an overview of the possibilities for the protection of Intellectual Property.
Students will know the functionality of the international protection system and will be able to make a most appropriate avail of the protection possibilities given by the international system of IP Law.
Company Law  3
This lecture offers an introduction to the German Company Law system and its references to European Union regulations. The most relevant types of companies like partnerships and corporations will be explained. The lecture focuses on the most popular limited liability company (GmbH). Topics will be setting up a GmbH and managing the company. Additionally some company law related aspects as the acquisition of a company and legal aspects of international groups of companies will be discussed.   
European Competition Law and Practice 3

The course examines the competition rules of the European Union and their practical application; particularly the competition rules concerning undertakings in Articles 101 and 102 TFEU as well as the EU merger control regime. Competition law is crucial to each free society and economy because it prevents anti-competitive effects on the markets and thereby helps to maintain efficient competition and free and open markets. Competition law contains three "pillars": prohibition of anti-competitive agreements (the "cartel prohibition"), prohibition of abuse of market power (the "abuse prohibition") and regulation of mergers and take-overs ("Merger Control"). The rules are of great significance since, among other sanctions, any firm may be subject to heavy fines and/or liability for damages if infringing them. The maximum fine for infringement may be as high as 10% of a firm's annual turnover.
The course will also deal with new challenges the digital revolution and big data imposes on the competitive landscape as well as on competition law and its efficient enforcement. Since the European Commission plays an active part in enforcing the competition rules, and a study of Competition Law is therefore also a study of EU Administrative Law. Competition law also provides for a good opportunity to study the interrelation between law and economics.

Introduction to WTO-Law 3
The course will provide an overview of the institutional and legal components of world trade law. The focus will be set on trade in goods under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The participants will gain insights into the core aspects of the WTO dispute settlement procedure and the most relevant WTO case law.  


International Business 3
In the International Business lecture, the students will be able to understand the dynamics of global business in a rapidly changing global economy. Main topics of the lecture: Introduction to International Business, International Business Environment, International Strategies and Global Marketing Management.  
Consumer Behavior 3
In the Consumer Behavior course, the students will have a broad perspective about consumer behavior in general, and about the analysis of consumption habits as a fundamental basis to make marketing decisions. At the same time, students will be able to apply concepts and theories from anthropology, psychology and sociology to study the consumer behavior in real cases.  


German Language Class 5
Organized by our Language Centre. You can choose classes that fit your previous knowledge and current language proficiency.  
German Culture 3
Details tba.  
Mooting 3
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Introduction to Model United Nations 3

Model United Nations conferences are conferences at high school or university level which simulate UN decision making for students. In today’s globalized world, we as global citizens increasingly face problems which transcend borders. In order to address these issues effectively, a forum for voicing them, discussing them and deciding on common actions is of utmost importance. Model United Nations conferences create such a forum for high school or university students from all over the world in order to discuss solutions to transnational problems together.

Please note: This class contains an excursion to a MUN conference outside Germany – please check back with us if you have any questions regarding your visa.


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