Lecturers

Prof. Dr. Albrecht Bach


Prof. Dr. Albrecht Bach has studied law in Tübingen and Aix-en-Provence (France). From 1986 until 1990 he was a research assistant of Prof. Dr. Möschel (Chair of Geman Civil Law, Trade and Business Law) and has completed his doctorate in 1991. He was admitted to the bar association in 1989 and is a practising lawyer at the law firm OPPENLÄNDER Rechtsanwälte in Stuttgart. His work focus lies in competition law, merger control and compliance programs. He is a member of the International Bar Association (Section on Business Law). Prof. Dr. Bach is a lecturer and a honorary professor at the University of Mannheim.

European Competition Law

In his class Prof. Dr. Bach will enable his students to gain a basic understanding of how competition law affects business decisions.

Dr. Andreas Blüthner


Dr. Andreas Blüthner has studied law at the University of Mannheim where he also obtained his doctorate. He is currently the Director Food-Fortification & Partnerships at BASF SE, but has held various positions at BASF SE and its predecessor BASF AG, including the posts of Global Coordinator of the Micronutrient Initiative, International Law Advisor and Trade Law Advisor. He has also coordinated the 10 Year Strategy for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as been involved with numerous projects concerning health and nutrition matters in the context of international organizations and institutions. He has been a lecturer at the University of Mannheim since 2003.

Introduction to International Business Law

In his class Dr. Andreas Blüthner will teach you the basic legal knowledge in International Business Law as well as acquaint you with the economic, legal, political and cultural dimensions of international business transactions and the institutional interactions involved.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand, LL.M. (Cambridge)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand, LL.M. (Cambridge) has studied law at the Universities of Münster and Cambridge (United Kingdom) and political science at the University of Münster. He obtained his doctorate on the international law of interest and usury at the University of Münster, where he also conducted the research for his professorial thesis on compulsory licensing. He is currently a professor of Private Law, Insurance Law, Business Law and Comparative Law at the University of Mannheim and the director of the Mannheim Institute of Insurance.

Comparative Law I - European Legal Traditions
Comparative Law II - The Common/Civil Law Divide

In his class Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand, LL.M. (Cambridge) will introduce you to the history, methods, uses and fallacies of comparative legal reasoning as well as to important legal traditions.

Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Cremer


Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Cremer has been a professor of Public Law and Philosophy of Law at the University of Mannheim since 2000, where he had also studied law from 1981 to 1986. After his first (1986) and second (1990) state examinations he worked as a senior research assistant to Prof. Dr. Helmut Steinberger, a former Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court, at the University of Heidelberg. It was there that he earned his doctorate summa cum laude, winning the University of Heidelberg’s Ruprecht Karl's Award in 1995 with his thesis on legal protection against trans-border effects of expulsion and deportation. In 1999 he completed his habilitation. His post-doctoral thesis investigates the methodology of constitutional interpretation. He has gained teaching experience abroad as a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Law of the University College London, at the University of Connecticut School of Law, at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole and at the University of Adelaide Law School.

European Union Law - Institutional Aspects
International Organizations: legal sources, actors and means of influence

In his lectures Prof. Dr. Cremer will give you insight into the institutional aspects of European Union Law and into the Law of International Organizations.

Dr. Vanessa Duss Jacobi


Dr. Vanessa Duss Jacobi, advocate, studied law at the Faculty of Law at University of Zurich. She obtained her PhD 2009 with a work in the field of legal theory and legal history on interdependencies between jurisprudence and private law codification in Switzerland. In the year 2010 she obtained the Swiss state law attorney’s licence. Since 2009 she was postdoctoral assistant and until 2015 also lecturer in the subjects of the fundaments of law (legal history, legal theory, legal sociology, legal philosophy and methodology of law) at the faculty of law of University of Lucerne. From 2009 to 2012 she was working as a coordinator of the interdisciplinary postgraduate program “TeNOR – Text and Normativity”. From 2012 to 2013 she has been the coordinator of the Competence Center in Research (CCR) of University of Lucerne on Text and Normativity and managed the University of Lucerne’s grant application at Swiss National Science Foundation for a National Competence Center of Research in that field. 2013-2014 she was trained in research management and has obtained the CAS certificate of University of Berne. Since 2014 she is working as a project manager in different fields of research management at University of Lucerne. She thought at University of Lucerne, Stockholm, Frankfurt a.M., Tartu and since 2014 she is teaching the course “European Legal Thinking: Meet Savigny and his Peers” at University of Mannheim.

European Legal Thinking: Meet Savigny and his Peers

In her class Dr. Vanessa Duss Jacobi will acquaint you with selected European legal scholars whose works influenced the debate on what law is or ought to be and thereby provide access to methodology and concepts that have coined our understanding of law.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (University of Chicago)


Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (University of Chicago) received his first law degree from the University of Tübingen in 1997, his LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago in 2000 and his doctorate from the University of Munich in 2003. He has been a professor of Private Law, German and European Business Law and Business Tax Law at the University of Mannheim since 2010. His research interests lie in corporation and financial markets law as well as business taxation, all with a special emphasis on economic and empirical perspectives. He has – among other topics – written extensively on corporate finance law, European corporation law, investment fund regulation and law and social norms.

Law & Economics
Corporate Governance II

In his classes, Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (University of Chicago) aims to give you an understanding of how economic concepts influence legal issues, both in relation to ‘traditional’ legal areas like property law and contract law and in relation to corporate governance.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Falk


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Falk is director of the Institut für Unternehmensrecht (Institute for Corporate Law), member of the academic council of the Zentrum für Insolvenz und Sanierung (ZIS, Centre for Insolvency and Reorganisation) and member of the Historisches Institut (Historical Institute) at the University of Mannheim. He has been teaching and conducting research in Mannheim since 2002. From 1992 to 2001, he was a scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main. In the 2009/10 academic year, he held a research professorship from the state of Baden-Württemberg, building up an inter-faculty project group on the history of the insolvency proceeding (business management, economics, law). In 2010/11, he was a Senior Fellow at Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald. His research in legal history focuses on the early modern age and the 19th and 20th centuries.

Behavioral Law and Economics

The core focus of the course lies on training the students to identify sources of biases as a first essential for voiding false conclusions.  By this means students can learn to prevent deficient decisions in their own professional career (defensive function). At the same time students acquire the analytic instruments necessary to reflect on the respective interrelations of facts, decision maker and decision (analytic factor). Perhaps, the course may also add to the competence to make active use of such effects vis-à-vis other parties in the course of their business careers (offensive function).

Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer, LL.M. (Vanderbilt)


Thomas Fetzer is Professor of Law at the University of Mannheim Law School, Germany, where he holds a Chair of Public Economic Law, Regulation and Taxation. Moreover, he is academic Co-Director of MaCCI (Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation), and academic Co-Director at MaTax (MannheimTaxation Science Campus). In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Law at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Adjunct Professor at the MBS (Mannheim Business School). Moreover, he is currently Head of the Law Department at the University of Mannheim as well as Vice-Dean of the School of Law and Economics. He has been a guest lecturer at the Vanderbilt University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His fields of expertise are Telecommunications Law, Media Law, European Competition Law and European Tax Law.

European Tax Law

In his class Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer, LL.M. (Vanderbilt) will provide a basic understanding of the system of European Tax Law. The students will learn how European Law influences as well as limits national taxation.
 
Prof. Dr. Philipp S. Fischinger, LL.M. (Harvard)


Prof. Dr. Philipp Fischinger has studied law at the University of Regensburg (2000-2005) where he also obtained his doctorate at the chair of Prof. Dr. em. Reinhard Richardi. After his second state examination he spent 1 ½ years at Harvard Law School where he took part at an LL.M. program and conducted research. Between 2010-2014 he completed his habilitation at the chair of Prof. Dr. Martin Löhnig at the University of Regensburg. He holds the chair for Private Law, Labor Law, Commercial- and Economic Law at the University of Mannheim since 2014.

International Labor Law

In his class Prof. Dr. Fischinger offers the opportunity to take a comparative view on various employment and labor law issues that cover a wide range of subject matters. The course focuses on five different legal systems: Germany, Japan, Brazil, Australia and the USA.

Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Franck, LL.M. (Yale)


Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Franck, LL.M. (Yale) has studied law at the University of Halle and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He earned a further law degree, an LL.M., from Yale Law School and a doctoral degree, Dr. iur., from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Franck has clerked at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg for Judge Egils Levits and has worked for the Advisory Service to the Legal Reform in Beijing in China. Before joining the law department at the University of Mannheim as a professor (ad interim) he held a post-doc position at the University of Munich where he finished his habilitation. His academic specialties include private law, commercial and competition law. He has published numerous articles in these fields.

European Market Freedoms

In his class Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Franck, LL.M. (Yale) will give you a thorough grounding in the substantive provisions on the internal market as well as on their link to competition law.

Prof. Dr. Kai Hüschelrath


Prof. Dr. Kai Hüschelrath studied economics and management at the University of Würzburg and received his Ph.D. in economics in 2007 from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management. Working for the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) since 2006, he has been head of ZEW’s Research Group "Competition and Regulation" since January 2012. In October 2013, he joined the University of Mannheim as Professor of Economics (Competition Policy). His research interests lie in the field of competition policy and competitive strategy with a particular focus on cartel and merger assessments.

Law & Economics

In his collaborative lecture Prof. Hüschelrath will provide you with a sound understanding of how economic methodology can be applied to legal problems. You will learn to employ economic efficiency criteria as arguments for resolving legal cases.

Christoph Kling


Christoph Kling is a research assistant at the Chair for Civil Law, European Legal History and Rhetoric of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Falk. He studied at the University of Mannheim, Université de Genève and Harvard Law School. Currently, he writes a dissertation on the history of bankruptcy law employing classical historical sources and quantitative empirical evidence.

Behavioral Law and Economics

In his lecture Christoph Kling will, together with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Falk, introduce students to the interface of law and cognitive science.

Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kainer


Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kainer has studied law at the University of Heidelberg where he worked as an assistant professor before joining the University of Mannheim as a full professor in 2012. He has held the chair for German and European Private, Business and Labour law at the University of Mannheim since 2012. His areas of interest include the Law of the Internal Market and European Labour Law. Friedemann is a member of the European Community Studies Association. He has taught European Union Law in various Eastern European countries and is currently teaching at the German Law School in Cracow.

Introduction to European Business Law

In his classes Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kainer aims to provide you with a basic understanding of European Business Law, especially in the context of the Internal Market. He will also give you a strong background in the international legal framework related to employment issues.

Prof. Dr. Markus Köhler


Prof. Dr. Markus Köhler has studied law in Mannheim and has written his doctoral thesis on German and cross boarder TV advertising. In his daily practice as an equity partner at the Stuttgart-based law firm OPPENLÄNDER Rechtsanwälte he focuses on IP and unfair competition law on one hand and infrastructure law, especially net pricing issues on the other hand. He is the author of various articles on IP and energy matters and the co-author of Köhler/Arndt/Fetzer, Recht des Internet, 7th Edition 2012. He has been a lecturer at the University of Mannheim since 2000 and is a honorary professor for internet law, unfair competition law and trademark law. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Board of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Intellectual Property (IZG) and an elected member of the Special Committee for Trademark and Unfair Competition Law in the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).

E-Commerce & Internet

The key issues in Prof. Dr. Markus Köhler’s lectures will be e-commerce activities and the establishment of online-shops.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer, LL.M. (Osgoode)


Andreas Maurer is associate professor at the University of Mannheim. He studied Law at the University of Frankfurt, Germany and completed his studies with his first state exam (LL.B. equivalent) in 2003. From 2003 until 2005 Andreas articled at the Oberlandesgericht (Higher Regional Court) Frankfurt, Germany and finished his articling service with the second state exam (bar exam). He was admitted to the bar of Frankfurt in 2006. In the academic year 2006/2007 Andreas studied at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Canada and obtained his LL.M. in 2008. He also was fellow at the Nathanson Centre for transnational Crime and Security at York University. After he returned to Germany, Andreas started his Ph.D. studies at the University of Bremen and received the Ph.D. in 2011 with his thesis on the “Lex Maritima”, a transnational maritime law. Andreas has received several scholarships and awards, among them the award for the best Ph.D. thesis in law and social sciences (Bremer Studienpreis) in 2012 and the University of Bremen excellent teacher award (Berninghausen Preis) in 2012.  His research focuses on private law, international trade law, transnational law, transport and maritime law, and legal theory.

International Business Transactions

The course International Business Transactions will focus on problems related to cross border trade and scrutinize legal as well as non-legal institutions that help to cope with these problems.

Dr. Patrick Edward Mears


Dr. Patrick Edward Mears received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Michigan in1973 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1976. Before retiring from the active practice of law and moving to Germany in 2014, he was an equity partner in the United States law firm of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP and was resident in its Michigan office.There, Dr. Mears was Chairperson of the firm’s Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Departmentfrom 2006 to 2012. His professional interests lie mainly in distressed real estate, insolvency,workouts and restructurings, commercial finance, securitizations and creditors’ rights, along withinternational trade. He has published widely on these issues, especially on questions of international insolvency law, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to the aforementioned areas. Additionally, Dr. Mears is an Elected Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an Elected Member of the American Law Institute, and an Elected Member of the InternationalInsolvency Institute. He presently resides with his wife in Heidelberg, Germany.

International Trade Law

In his class, Dr. Patrick Edward Mears will provide you with a profound insight into the legal regimes governing International Business Transactions on the national, European and global level.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf, LL.M. (Berkeley)


Priv.-Doz. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf, LL.M. (Berkeley) has studied law at the Universities of Cologne and Geneva and has earned another law degree at the University of California in Berkeley. She has written her doctoral thesis on punitive damages and her habilitation thesis on the procedural and institutional aspects development of European law through the interpretative work of the Court of Justice of th European Union. She currently works as a judge at the Düsseldorf district court and has been a lecturer at the University of Mannheim since 2002.  In her daily practice she focuses on private law, including design patent law, and has published in the field of private international law, comparative law, civil procedure, tort law, European private law.

European Private Law
Private International Law

In her class Priv.-Doz. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf, LL.M. (Berkeley) will equip you not only with what is needed to spot issues of Private International Law in theory but also with an approach to solving these issues in practice.

Katharina Steinbrück, LL.M. (U.C. Lan)


Katharina Steinbrück, is an attorney and partner in the Frankfurt Office of the law firm Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz. She specializes in labor law. In her legal practice, Katharina Steinbrück mainly advises corporate clients on labor law matters and on social security law. Within the range of professional tasks these subjects cover, she has a focus on collective labor law, restructuring, and manager liability issues. In addition to her education in Germany, where she obtained her law degrees, Katharina Steinbrück has studied labor law in France and in the United Kingdom, where she completed an LL.M program. She is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in France.

International Labor Law

In this class, which she teaches jointly with Prof. Dr. Fischinger, Katharina Steinbrück will introduce the international set of rules that govern labor law relations and the basic principles of German collective labor law in comparison with other systems (namely, those of France, Great Britain, the United States of America, and Japan).

Dr. Davide Paris


Dr. Davide Paris was educated in law at the University of Trento and earned a PhD in Constitutional Law at the University of Milan in 2009. His thesis concerned the right to conscientious objection and was awarded the “Leopoldo Elia” price for the best Italian PhD thesis in constitutional law. He was post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Toulon in 2010 and at the University of Eastern Piedmont from 2012 to 2013. In 2014 he joined the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, thanks to a fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His research focuses mainly on comparative constitutional law and multi-level fundamental rights protection in Europe.

EU Fundamental Rights

The course intends to provide students with a deeper understanding of both the EU system of fundamental rights protection and its relationships with the national and international human rights systems.

Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann


Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann has studied law at the University of Heidelberg as well as the Science Po and Sorbonne Universities in Paris. She has successfully coached student teams for several editions of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot which focuses on the legal fields of international commercial arbitration and the CISG.  Past stages of her professional career include work for a leading German law firm in the dispute resolution practice as well as at Advocate General Kokott’s office at the Court of Justice of the European Union. In her current research she focuses on intellectual property law and private international law. Since 2016, she is associate professor at the chair for Private Law, Intellectual Property Law and German & European Civil Procedure of Prof. Dr. Mary-Rose McGuire at the University of Mannheim.

Cross Border Litigation & Arbitration

The course intends to provide an overview on state court and arbitration as alternative means to resolve disputes and familiarize the students with their respective advantages and disadvantages, which are indispensable for an informed choice.

Dr. Valentina Volpe


Dr. Valentina Volpe is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law (MPIL) of Heidelberg. She holds a PhD in Juridical Science and Law Theory from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) of Naples and is a former Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School. Before joining the MPIL she has worked as a project manager for a grassroots NGO in the area of international cooperation and human rights protection. Her areas of interest include democracy promotion, international organizations, international, comparative and European public law as well as human rights.


Dr. Wolfgang Witz, LL.M. (University of Chicago)


Dr. Wolfgang Witz, LL.M. (University of Chicago) has studied law at the Universities of Freiburg and Lausanne and has written his doctoral thesis on open price terms in contracts at the University of Freiburg. He has earned a further law degree, a LL.M., from the University of Chicago. Having worked as assistant lecturer at the University of Freiburg, he joined the Mannheim and Frankfurt based law firm of Schilling Zutt & Anschütz in 1981. In 2000 he joined the international law firm of Allen & Overy based in Frankfurt. Since 2010 he has practiced law at the law firm Baas Overlack Witz in Mannheim. In his daily practice he focuses on dispute resolution, intellectual property, commercial transactions and company law.

Intellectual Property Law

In his lectures Dr. Wolfgang Witz, LL.M. (Chicago) will introduce you to the principles of intellectual property rights and their implications in an international business environment.

Dr. Stefan Zeyher

Dr. Stefan Zeyher is an attorney at law in the Mannheim office of Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, he was admitted to the bar in 2006. In his practice he mainly advises and represents German and international clients in litigation and arbitration matters as a counsel; he also has experience as an arbitrator and a secretary to arbitral tribunals. Furthermore, Dr. Zeyher advises German and international clients on corporate law, group law, public and private M&A and commercial law. Dr. Zeyher studied at the Universities of Constance, Mannheim (Dr. iur.) and St. Gallen, Switzerland (Executive Master of European and International Business Law). He attended the Harvard Negotiation Institutes Summer Programs. Dr. Zeyher authored publications in the fields of corporate, M&A, capital markets and civil procedure law. He also lectures European law at the Mannheim Business School and is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration, the Academic Corporate Law Association and the Academic Banking Law Association.

Introduction to German Private Law

In his class Dr. Stefan Zeyher will acquaint you with the overall structure of German private law.

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