Summer Programs


Meet and work with renowned academics

The Summer Program in International Business law is taught by renowned academics from the practising legal and business communities from both Germany and abroad.

Academic Director
Dr. Carsten Jungmann

Dr. Carsten Jungmann

Dr. Carsten Jungmann is Program Director at Bucerius Law School. In this capacity, he serves as Program Director Law for the Master Program of Bucerius Law School and 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.

Dr. Jungmann studied law at the University of Bonn and at the University of Edinburgh. At the University of Bonn, he graduated as a Doctor of Laws. As a trainee solicitor, he worked inter alia with the international law firm Hogan Lovells and with HSH Nordbank; he also clerked for High Court Chief Judge Dr. Buechel. After passing the bar exam at the High Court of Hamburg, he went to the US and obtained an LL.M. from Yale Law School. Carsten Jungmann holds an M.Sc. in Finance, which he earned at the University of Leicester. Finally, he is both, a university-certified Compliance Officer and a Business Mediator, and was managing partner of the law firm DUVINAGE in Munich and Hamburg.

He spent a year as an academic visitor at the London School of Economics and was/is a lecturer in law at the University of Surrey, the University of Fribourg, the Leuphana University Lüneburg, the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich. He has published numerous articles on corporate, banking and insolvency law in leading law journals. He received the Best Teacher Award of the Master Program of Bucerius Law School four times, and was awarded the Bucerius Alumni Prize for Outstanding Teaching in 2011.

Jörg von Appen

Jörg von Appen

Jörg von Appen is a lawyer and partner at von appen | jens legal. He has negotiated with many well-known rights holders, various national and international sponsors and media companies.

Jörg von Appen studied law at the University of Constance and earned his first law degree in 1993. He clerked at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court in Hamburg, interned in Toronto and worked as a legal consultant for property at the Treuhandanstalt in Berlin. He earned his second law degree, was admitted to the bar and joined the law firm Reifkogel, Konas & Wegdell in May 1997. In this role, his focus included sports law. In November 1998, Jörg von Appen joined the International Sports Rights Division of UFA Sports GmbH (from 2001: SPORTFIVE GmbH & Co. KG) as an in-house legal counsel.

In December 2002, he was appointed Vice President Legal Affairs heading the legal department of SPORTFIVE Group, where he remained until his departure in October 2009. Under his management and guidance, SPORTFIVE's legal department grew from 4 to 16 in-house lawyers in three offices (Hamburg, Geneva and Singapore).

Prof. Jodi S. Balsam

Jodi S. Balsam

Jodi S. Balsam is Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Externship Programs at Brooklyn Law School, where she also teaches Sports Law. She is the faculty advisor to the Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society, which voted her 2016 Law Professor of the Year. Professor Balsam has also taught courses in Sports Law and Sports Contracts at New York University, New York Law School, and in the 2016 Bucerius Summer Program in Sports Law. She is Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Sports, and is a successor author to Professors Paul Weiler and Gary Roberts for the upcoming sixth edition of Sports and the Law, the leading American sports law casebook.

Before joining academia, Professor Balsam was the National Football League's Counsel for Operations and Litigation, where she managed litigation in all areas of law, oversaw a variety of policy and operational matters, negotiated and drafted contracts for League special events including the Super Bowl, and administered the League's internal dispute resolution processes and compliance program. She began her practice career as a litigation attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing primarily sports and entertainment clients in antitrust matters and complex commercial litigation.

Professor Balsam has served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Charles Brieant of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was Special Counsel to the Clerk of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and spearheaded the court’s comprehensive revision of its local rules and internal operating procedures. She now sits on the Court’s Attorney Advisory Committee on Local Rules.

Professor Balsam has presented at many sports law conferences and symposia, most recently on athletes’ rights of free expression, sports gambling, and athlete self-representation in contract negotiations, also the subject of her published paper, “Free My Agent”: Legal Implications of Professional Athlete Self-Representation. She frequently appears in the media on legal issues in sports, and has been seen on ESPN and MSNBC, as well as quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Bloomberg/Businessweek, and CBS Moneywatch. A graduate of Yale College, Professor Balsam received her law degree from NYU School of Law.

Prof. Christopher Bisping

Christopher Bisping

Christopher Bisping is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Warwick Law School in England. He is a graduate of the Universities of Bonn (Germany) and Edinburgh (Scotland) and a member of several learned societies. His main research interests are in the areas of private law, comparative law and the conflict of laws. He has lectured widely across several European countries and beyond.

Prof. Dr. Peter Duvinage

Prof. Dr. Peter Duvinage

Prof. Dr. Peter Duvinage, professor at the University of Tübingen and partner of the law firm DUVINGE, has more than twenty-five years of experience in the world of sports law and in the media business.

As part of his career, he was, inter alia, responsible for the national and international exploitation of the media rights to the German "Bundesliga" as well as other European soccer and hockey leagues. In addition, he organized leading sports events such as the Tennis Grand Slam Cup in Munich and has been involved in building new soccer arenas.

Among his clients are national and international sports federations, leagues and clubs. The law firm DUVINAGE focuses on advising its sports clients in all media and advertising matters, which, beyond mere legal advice, particularly reflects the firm's expertise in the trade, licensing and production of sports media rights as well as in the combination of sports media and advertising rights. In addition, the professional services rendered by DUVINAGE include the representation of famous athletes and celebrities.

At the University of Tübingen, Prof. Duvinage regularly holds seminars on sports management and sports communication: He also conducts conferences and workshops on questions of sports law and strategies for the future of professional sports in general.

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman received a B.A. in economics (magna cum laude) from the University of Southern California and subsequently studied law at the University of California at Berkeley, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1993.

He practiced law as a senior attorney and litigator in the San Francisco Bay area with the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender. In addition to having served as an external lecturer at Bucerius Law School since 2006, he has conducted seminars on negotiation for both the German-American Lawyer’s Association (DAJV) as well as the African Good Governance Network. He is a member of the International Negotiation Teaching and Research Association (INTRA).

In 2012 Michael was named Best Teacher (Legal Curriculum) of the Bucerius Master of Law and Business. He has lived in Hamburg since 2004 where he works with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.

Dr. Heiner Kahlert

Dr. Heiner Kahlert

Dr. Heiner Kahlert is an attorney at Martens Lawyers, a Munich-based law firm specializing in dispute resolution in commercial and sports matters as well as sports law in general. He advises sports federations, clubs and athletes on a wide range of issues. Dr. Kahlert has also been involved in numerous arbitrations both in and outside the field of sports.

Prof. Clifford Larsen

Clifford Larsen

Clifford Larsen is Professor of Law at Bucerius Law School and the Dean of the Bucerius Master of Law and Business (LLM/MLB) Program. His research interests include Comparative Law, International Arbitration, International Procedure and Contract Law.

Professor Larsen received his B.A. from Tulane University, a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar) and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. In 1993, after practice of law at White & Case in New York City and S.G. Archibald in Paris, Larsen received an offer of a professorship from Washington & Lee University.

In his 13 years there, he published a number of articles, in German and English, primarily in the areas of arbitration and comparative law, became a full professor, and was named Director of International Legal Studies Programs. As well as teaching in Mexico and frequently in Cologne for the University of California, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Commerzbank Visiting Professor of Law at the Bucerius Law School, during which time he taught in English in the International Program and in German in the LL.B. curriculum. He is a member of the New York and Louisiana Bars and is avocat à la cour de Paris.

Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan founded Morgan Sports Law after spending over eight years working within the Sports Law Group of a leading international law firm. He advises on regulatory and disciplinary issues and has particular experience advising on doping, corruption and selection disputes.

Mike acted on behalf of National Olympic Committees at three of the last four Olympic Games and has represented other sports bodies, clubs and high profile athletes in proceedings before the High Court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the American Arbitration Association, the National Anti-Doping Panel (UK) and the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber.

Prof. Dr. Martin Schimke

Martin Schimke

Prof. Dr. Martin Schimke is an Of Counsel at Bird & Bird and a member of the firm's Sports Group. The JUVE Handbook of German Commercial Law Firms identifies Martin as one of the "leading names" and one of the "most recommended lawyers" in the field of sports law. In 2009, he was named as one of the World's Top 20 Most Influential Lawyers in the sports industry by magazine SportBusiness International. In addition Martin has a certified specialization in labor law.

Lana Spangenberg

Lana Spangenberg

Lana Spangenberg received her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 2004, where she externed at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives as well as the Lexington Legal Aid Office. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science at Texas A&M University. She participated in the first international exchange semester at Bucerius Law School in 2002 and later returned to teach Anglo-American Commercial Law in 2006.

After receiving her Juris Doctor, Lana was selected by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung as a German Chancellor Scholar (Bundeskanzlerstipendiatin) where she was the Scholar-in-Residence at the Evangelisches Institut for Kirchenrecht an der Universität Potsdam under the mentorship of Verband Diakonischer Dienstgeber Deutschland, e.V. Mrs. Spangenberg is an Attorney-at-Law and a member of the Texas Bar.