Academics

The Summer Program in International Business Law has a flexible course structure and allows you to customize your schedule by selecting coursework best suited to your personal interests and needs. You may select between three and six courses based upon your interests.

Schedule

Classes are held five days a week over the course of three weeks with all subjects offered by distinguished professors and practitioners from Germany and abroad.

You must choose at least three courses, but are welcome to follow up to six.

Classes are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and paired with extracurricular activities that you may participate in at no additional cost.

Note: From the courses on Alternative Dispute Resolution, you must select either Business Mediation or Negotiation. These courses will meet in parallel and are structured around partner-based activities and small group simulations.

 

Course List 2020

This course aims to provide you with a solid introduction to both the practical skills and theoretical background of professional conflict management and focuses on the interest-based method of mediation. Several areas of business conflict management will be introduced, including the management of workplace conflicts, the proper choice and design of procedure in inter-business conflicts and the interplay between mediation and arbitration.

The main focus during the first part of the course will be to establish a toolbox for communication analysis and interactive conflict management. In a second part, you will learn to deal with conflicts systematically and constructively and get familiar with the role of the mediator by means of role plays and small simulations, covering a wide range of business conflict scenarios.

Class preparation includes reading articles and book excerpts.

NB: If you wish to take a course on alternative dispute resolution, you must select either Business Mediation or Negotiation as a focus area. These courses will meet in parallel.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff

Professor Kirchoff is an international lawyer and mediator, and academic director of the postgraduate master's program in mediation at the Institute for Conflict Management at the European University Viadrina. (more)

Dr. Felix Wendenburg

Dr. Wendenburg is a mediator and a partner at the Berlin-based firm trojapartner. He is also co-director of the core practice and research field business at the Institute for Conflict Management and academic director of the postgraduate master's program in mediation at the European University Viadrina. (more)

This course provides you with strategies, techniques and tactics of effective legal negotiations. You will learn how to strategically plan, prepare for, and conduct negotiations. The course prepares you for dealing with power imbalances, for achieving the other side's buy-in and getting to yes, and for designing outcomes that increase both the total value of the deal and one's own share. It also covers negotiation process design, team negotiations, dynamic and competitive negotiations, and dealing with deadlock situations.

The workshop will equip you with a practical and easy to use toolkit for legal and business negotiations. Content delivery builds upon interactive lectures, role plays (individual and team negotiations), case studies, and group discussions.

NB: If you wish to take a course on alternative dispute resolution, you must select either Business Mediation or Negotiation as a focus area. These courses will meet in parallel.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturer

Dr. René A. Pfromm

Dr. René A. Pfromm heads pfromm negotiation, a global advisory firm for strategic negotiations. (more)

*If you wish to follow a course on Alternative Dispute Resolution, you must select a specialization in either Business Mediation or Negotiation; these subjects will meet in parallel and are structured around partner-based activities and group simulations.

In addition to a short introduction to German stock corporation law, this course will deal in detail with (legal) questions of corporate governance. The problems addressed primarily concern the directors' fiduciary duties as well as the tasks and rights of those who are in control of the management (members of the supervisory board, shareholders, auditors, etc.).

As the clear focus of the course is on publicly traded corporations, you will also gain a sound knowledge of securities regulation provisions and the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code. Well-known financial scandals, e.g. Enron, will be reviewed in case studies.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Carsten Jungmann

Prof. Carsten Jungmann serves as Program Director Law for the Master Program of Bucerius Law School and is also coordinates the Diploma in Business Law Program at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. In addition, he is a practicing lawyer in his capacity as the Director Corporate Law and Structure of BIRKENSTOCK Group in Neustadt (Wied). His primary fields of research are insolvency law, corporate law (including corporate governance), banking law and corporate finance. (more)

This course covers arbitration as a dispute resolution process for international trade and business disputes. It analyzes the different forms, contractual and legal bases, and advantages of arbitration. Issues discussed on the basis of a case study include the arbitration agreement, jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal, role of the courts during and after arbitration proceedings and the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

The course gives special attention to the international framework of arbitration, in particular the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, which forms the basis of the national arbitration laws in more than 160 states, as well as the New York Convention (UN Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards), which has been ratified by more than 160 states and regulates the recognition and enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards worldwide. Thus the course focuses on commercial arbitration as an international phenomenon and not on arbitration under any particular national system.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kröll

Prof. Stefan Kröll is one of the directors of the Bucerius Center of International Dispute Resolution and an independent arbitrator. He is one of Germany's national correspondents to UNCITRAL for arbitration and international commercial law and a co-author of a leading treatise on "Comparative International Commercial Arbitration" (Kluwer 2003, with Lew and Mistelis). (more)

Course Description

This course deals with cases where an international commercial transaction has given rise to a legal dispute between the parties and where this dispute is not decided by arbitration. In such a scenario, the parties have to litigate before the domestic court of a State. This raises a number of difficult issues, a selection of which will be dealt with in the course.

One part of the course will be devoted to the issue of international jurisdiction: In which state's courts can the plaintiff bring his lawsuit against the defendant? What if there are several states that offer a ground of jurisdiction? Why does it matter at all whether a dispute is litigated in one state rather than in another? Can the parties in their contract choose the forum in which future claims will be litigated (forum selection)?

A second part of the course will deal with a selection of specific issues that may arise in international commercial litigation: What if the court which is seized with the lawsuit regards itself as an inappropriate forum (forum non conveniens)? What if the same lawsuit is brought twice, but in different states (lis alibi pendens)? What are the so-called "torpedo claims"? Is it possible to prevent the other party from bringing a lawsuit in a certain state by way of an "antisuit injunction"? Will a judgment from the courts of one state be recognized and enforced in other states?

The course will address these issues primarily from a European (EU) and US perspective. A detailed reading list and a reader with materials covering European and US sources, e.g., cases, articles, will be available before the course.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Peter Huber

Prof. Dr. Peter Huber is professor of law at Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany) where he holds the chair for private law, conflict of laws and comparative law. (more)

Course Description

This course will examine whether the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”), considered the paradigm of uniform substantive law conventions, has succeeded in creating uniform (sales) law. To do so, the course will analyze case law from courts and arbitral tribunals. This analysis will show that the solutions are not as uniform as one might think. This, in turn, will allow course participants to avoid the pitfalls that go hand in hand with the myth of uniformity the success of the CISG has (falsely) created.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Franco Ferrari

Prof. Dr. Franco Ferrari is professor of law at New York University School of Law, where he also directs the Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law. (more)

Course Description

This course examines the principal business and legal issues in cross-border mergers and acquisitions including forms of business combination and sale and purchase agreements. It covers the M&A process from letters of intent, due diligence, structuring, drafting and negotiating purchase agreements.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the purpose of various elements of a purchase agreement, such as warranties, indemnities, purchase price mechanism (such as locked box and cash-free-debt free/ working capital purchase price adjustments). You will be given an opportunity to discuss some aspects of the course in smaller break-out sessions.

The course ends with a mock negotiation of parts of a purchase agreement using the skills acquired during the previous sessions.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturers

Dr. Hilke Herchen

Dr. Hilke Herchen specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions and in Corporate Law, especially Stock Corporation Law. She advises strategic and financial investors in national and international M&A transactions. (more)

John Hammond

John Hammond specializes in international M&A transactions, including private equity and joint ventures, and has wide experience, particularly in Russia, CEE and Germany. (more)

Exams and credit


You can earn up to 6 ABA credits, equivalent to 12 ECTS points. While all participants are required to enroll in a minimum of three courses, you are encouraged to follow additional topics to explore your own interests.

ABA

The program follows American Bar Association (ABA) guidelines to offer participants credit for their undertakings. Each course is worth one ABA credit and is designed to include 700 minutes of in-class instruction and culminate in a final assessment, e.g., a written exam, essay or in-class presentation.

ECTS

If you are a European student, you can earn European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points, which your home university may choose to accept toward your program of study. Each course will provide two ECTS points, such that you have the option to earn up to 12 points from participation in the program.

Grading

Grades are based upon your performance in exams, presentations and/or final projects. The scale ranges from A+ to F, with regular attendance and active participation required for a successful outcome. Courses are taught using the Socratic method with lecturers requiring preparation through a combination of reading and completion of short assignments. During class meetings, active participation is encouraged.

Certificate

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of participation and transcript of grades; if you are seeking to have credit recognized toward your degree program, you should explore the policies of your home university in advance of your participation.

Adrianni

Rigorous and stimulating classes

"The International Business Law program is helpful for practicing lawyers looking for a refresher on corporate and commercial law, and even for those considering a mid-career switch to these areas. The faculty consists of experienced practitioners and renowned academics—classes with these tutors were rigorous and stimulating."
Adrianni, Singapore
Cristina

Engaging professors; continuous learning

"With engaging and demanding professors, this course offered me the opportunity to share three weeks of continuous learning with wonderful students from all backgrounds. Such an enriching experience has been beyond my expectations!"
Cristina, Spain
Jennifer

Interconnected courses

"The quality and variety of the summer program was beyond my expectation. Courses were well-designed and interconnected — I truly benefited from taking all six of them and am sure that the knowledge I learned and friends I made this summer will stay with me for a long time."
Jennifer, China

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