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Winter semester 2018/19

Introduction to German Law (8 + 4 ECTS)

18.10.2018 - 08.02.2019


Thursday 2.15 - 3.45 pm (english)

Thursday 4.00 - 5:30 pm (german)

You can choose to attend the course either in English or in German, you may also change between the courses during the semester.

Lecture Hall 1009







Wednesday 2.15 - 3.45 pm (english)

R 101
Breisacher Tor


Lecture (8 ECTS)

This lecture will provide foreign students with an outline of German private law, the legal methodology and public law necessary to solve cases on beginner level. The course will cover the first three books of the German Civil Code (without family law and the law of succession), with an emphasis on the general part of the BGB and the law of obligations, as well as fundamental rights and constitutional law.

Assessment:  Credits will only be awarded to students who attend the Private and Public Law part of the lecture. Also, there will only be a combined written exam for both parts.


Tutorial (4 ECTS)


Continental Traditions in Jurisprudence (6 ECTS)


16.10.2018 - 05.02.2019

Lecture Tuesday 12 am - 2 pm (ct)

Lecture Hall 3118




Consultation hour: upon agreement




Lecture (6 ECTS)


In these lectures we will give a first grounding in the history of the continental European tradition of legal philosophy as distinct from, but connected to, Anglo-Scandinavian thinkers. We will try to make the case for continental traditions and show that they follow significantly different strategies than those employed in the common law world. The focus of these lectures will, however, not be on recreating the past, but on discussing current problems (as they can be framed by traditional approaches). We will look at specific topics and work out, together with the participants, how the efforts and failures of important legal thinkers may help us in better understanding some recurrent problems of legal theory and law. First, we will provide a grounding in the continental debates on traditional questions of jurisprudence by trying to chart some of the historical discursive options, e.g. in the confront of the following themes:



·         the role of morals and/or justice in law


·         the question of authority


·         the possibility of an ultimate foundation of law


·         the viability of legal scholarship (so called legal science)



Second, however, we will focus on the idea of a structural analysis of legal orders, as the more recent continental debate has shown more fruitful results in the daily application of theory to actual problems of the law, like:



·         conflicts of norms


·         legal errors


·         legal gaps


·         legal interpretation and decision of legal cases


·         structures of the legal process


·         connections between “material” and “procedural” law



By engaging in discussion with traditional ways of understanding legal phenomena in their context and in their relation to concrete problems of law, participants should be enabled to start seeing the structural problems of legal theory and argue their theoretical case, rather than learn a series of facts about past legal philosophers. Participants will be encouraged to analyze the theoretical dimensions of seemingly simple legal problems. The chosen approach will emphasize the connections between the so called material and procedural law, in order to unveil the law as a continuous, complex process that re-reads reality and schematizes its own interpretations about it in a particular structured way.


Assessment: Attendance and passing the written exam.


Introduction to Chinese Law (9 ECTS)




19.10.2018 - 08.02.2019


Every second week, starting October 19th - Friday 8.30 am - 11.15 am (sharp)

Every second week, starting October 26th - Friday 8.30 am - 10 am (sharp)

Lecture Hall 1228



·Lecture (9 ECTS)
Starting from a brief presentation of the Chinese Law History and Law Culture this course gives a short overview on the basics of Chinese Administrative, Constitutional and Civil law. A focus will be set on Civil- and Business law. Legal knowledge is not necessary but recommended.
Assessment: Attendance and passing the written exam




For further details regarding the lectures please consult the official Course Catalogue.



Summer semester 2018

Introduction to European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) - Prof. Jim Murdoch (University of Glasgow)

Thursday 28th June:      9.00 - 12.00

Friday 29th June:           9.00 - 12.00 and 15.00 -18.00

Tuesday 3rd July:          9.00 -12.00 and 15.00 - 18.00





This course provides an introduction to the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The course, in particular, will consider the principle guarantees of right to life, protection against torture or inhuman treatment, liberty of person, fair administration of justice, respect for private and family life, and political liberties. Teaching method will involve study of key cases, along with the opportunity to apply knowledge to practical exercise by way of problem-solving. Teaching materials will be made available on-line, and some access to a computer would be helpful. Teaching will take place in English.
Assessment: Attendance and passing the written exam


Please send an E-Mail to  to register till 2nd May.


Anglo-Amerikanisches Gastprofessorenprogramm


TBA soon


Einführung in das englische Recht (taught in English)

17.04.2018 - 17.07.2018  6 ECTS 
Thursday 6 pm - 8 pm Lecture Hall 3044


Die Vorlesung findet auf Englisch statt und schließt mit einer bewerteten Prüfungsarbeit ab. Die Teilnahme setzt ausreichende Sprachkenntnisse und Vor- und Nachbereitung voraus; insbesondere wird die Durcharbeitung ausgeteilter Materialien erwartet. Diese werden sukzessive ausgeteilt. Über die Teilnahme wird bei erfolgreichem Bestehen beider take-home exams ein benoteter Schein ausgestellt. Der Erwerb eines Sitzscheins ist nicht möglich.
Es ist der Fakultät wiederum gelungen, bekannte Dozenten besonders namhafter Universitäten zu gewinnen. Studierende, die einen Studienaufenthalt in den USA planen und/oder später in international tätigen Kanzleien arbeiten wollen, haben durch den Erwerb des Scheins bei der Studienplatz- und Stipendienvergabe und für das spätere Fortkommen Bewerbungsvorteile.
Die Veranstaltung ist zusätzlich Bestandteil der Zusatzausbildung „Europäisches, Ausländisches und Internationales Recht“. Sie kann außerdem im Rahmen des Schwerpunktes 6 angerechnet werden. Für die Anmeldung zur Klausur beachten Sie bitte die Informationen des Prüfungsamtes.

Professor Hershkoff will give an introducing overview of main fields of the anglo-american legal tradition. The lessons of Professor Reimann will deal with the deve­lop­ment and current status of US-American Product Liability Law including its policy background (economic analysis of law), procedural environment and current reform issues.

Die Veranstaltungen von Professor Hershkoff und Professor Reimann werden ermöglicht durch eine Spende der Kanzlei Gleiss Lutz an die Freunde der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät Freiburg e.V., die sich an dieser Stelle für die großzügige Unterstützung herzlich bedanken.

Assessment: Attendance and passing the two take-home exams