Summer Programs

Courses & Schedule

Compile your own curriculum

The program is flexible 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. They do not meet in parallel, such that you may enroll in as many courses as you wish. You are free to choose from six topics, all offered by distinguished professors and practitioners from Germany and abroad. You must choose at least three courses, but may also follow more.

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.

Course List 2018

Course Description

This course aims to provide the students with a solid introduction to both the practical skills and theoretical background of professional conflict management, with a focus on the interest-based method of mediation. Several areas of business conflict management are 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 is to establish a toolbox for communication analysis and interactive conflict management. In a second part, students 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.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Lars Kirchhoff

Professor Kirchoff is an international lawyer and mediator, partner at the Berlin-based firm TGKS, and academic director of the postgraduate master’s program in mediation and the Institute for Conflict Management at the European University Viadrina.

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Dr. Felix Wendenburg

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

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Course Description

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, participants 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) are reviewed in case studies.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturer

Dr. Carsten Jungmann

Dr. Carsten Jungmann serves as Program Director Law for the Master Program of Bucerius Law School and is also coordinating 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.

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Course Description

The 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 60 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 150 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 Center of International Dispute Resolution at Bucerius Law School and an independent arbitrator in Cologne. 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).

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Course Description

Whenever international disputes in commercial relations cannot be settled amicably they will have to be decided by a state court or an arbitral tribunal. This course deals with the most important issues that arise when the matter is litigated before state courts: Which courts have international jurisdiction over the matter? If there is more than one court, is the plaintiff free to choose the forum? Can the chosen court decline to exercise jurisdiction on the basis of the forum non conveniens doctrine? Can the defendant prevent the plaintiff from bringing suit in an inappropriate forum by asking another court for an anti-suit-injunction? What happens if the same suit is brought in parallel in two different fora? How does the so-called Italian torpedo work? In how far could a judgment from one state be enforced in other states?

The course will look at these issues from a comparative perspective, focusing mainly on the European Union and USA, thereby touching on the so called "trans-Atlantic judicial conflict," which has been dominating much of the legal debate in the field for the last decades. In doing so it will also discuss the issue of "forum shopping," which has led the English judge Lord Denning to remark: "As a moth is drawn to the light, so the litigant is drawn to the United States. If he can only get his case into their courts, he stands to win a fortune. At no cost to himself, and at no risk of having to pay anything to the other side..."

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.

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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 is 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). Participants are given the 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 & Acquisition and in Corporate Law, especially Stock Corporation Law. Hilke Herchen advises strategic and financial investors in national and international M&A transactions.

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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.

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Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a solid introduction to both theoretical and practical aspects of contract drafting. The focus will be on negotiated contracts, not consumer contracts. Moreover, students will be given tools on how to translate business deals into contractual concepts by addressing questions of language and structure in the drafting of corporate agreements. Specifically, students will be taken through practical exercises, which may include mark-ups, new drafting and redrafting exercises. Topics may include: the role of the lawyer in a business transaction; the drafting process; the building blocks of transactional agreements; drafting style and categories of contract language, as well as guidelines on drafting language.

Credit Load: 1 ABA / 2 ECTS

Lecturer

Lezel Roddeck

Lezel directs the Foreign Language Communication Program at Bucerius. In addition to being a Qualified English Language Teacher accredited through the University of Cambridge, she is also a Qualified Lawyer in South Africa and member of the Cape Law Society. She is a part-time lecturer at the Macromedia University for Media and Communication in the area of Media Law and IP Law.

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