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European Law

European Law (Subarea of Law)


Lecturer: Markus Heintzen


Learning Objectives

The module aims at familiarising the students with the main features of European Community law. The students learn how the Community works, how competences and duties are assigned to either member states or the communities, and about the essential content and doctrine of the fundamental freedoms and the other substantive community law guarantees. The concurrence between German law and community law is of particular importance. The students will learn how to solve cases in European law based on important judicial decisions as well as public law cases with a European law reference.


Alongside the institutional law of the EC/EU the module is above all focused on substantive community law, in particular the fundamental freedoms. Special importance is attached to references to national law, i. e. the execution of community law by German authorities and the cooperation between member states and the communities in implementing community law through the courts.





Forms of Teaching and Learning Classrooms Presence in Hours Forms of Active Participation Workload in Hours
Lecture, Tutorial 3 hours per week Solving practice cases, independent studying of subject matter Lecture attendance 45

Preparation and studying of subject matter, solving practice cases 75

Preparation and taking of exam 30


Language: German

Total workload: 150

Module duration: One semester

Module frequency: Every fall semester

Prerequisites: None. Graduation in a course of studies covering the following modules of the bachelor course “Business Studies” at the Freie Universität Berlin is strongly recommended: “Private Law”, “Public Law” and “Commercial and Company Law”.