Project Description

Law in a globalized world – Fundamental, International und Comparative Aspects

Module content

  • Look at ancient fundaments of the western legal tradition
  • Study comparative private law (beyond the western context)
  • Understand the role of criminal law in modern societies
  • Discuss current topics and fundamental issues in German white collar crime law
  • Learn about the legal history of Frankfurt during a guided tour around the city
  • Programme – The course is taught in English (4 ECTS)
  • Requirements – At least one year of studies in the field of Law
  • Programme fee – tba. (includes all study materials, transcript of records, and health, liability and accident insurance as well as a public transportation ticket within Frankfurt).
  • Application deadline – tba.

Course description

The role of law in the 21st Century can and actually must be characterized as ambivalent. On the one hand, law competes increasingly with other paradigms, especially with the economic one; apart from that, the subordination of politics and power to the rule of law still remains a project rather than a reality in many parts of the world. On the other hand, the juridification of the German and other societies has increased immensely. More and more topics are becoming subject to legislation, and thus of national and international jurisdiction. In this situation, an intense ascertainment of the new legal topics is required as a recall of the philosophical, historical and comparative fundamentals of Law. The class will comprise lectures, group work and exercises.

Course topics

  • Legal History of Frankfurt, Guided Tour Around the City
  • Ancient Fundaments of the Western Legal Tradition
  • Comparative Private Law
  • Comparative Law beyond the Western Context
  • Role of Criminal Law in Modern Societies
  • Current Topics and Fundamental Issues in German White Collar Crime Law: Internal Criminal Investigations, Corporate Criminal Liability and Untreue

The course comprises 28 contact hours (8*3.5 hours). Upon successful completion, 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points will be awarded for the module. A single ECTS point is defined as the equivalent of 25 to 30 hours of student workload. This includes class hours, additional preparations for class activities, readings, assignments as well as final assessments.

Attendance: Participants have to attend at least 80 % of the classes.