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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Prof Dr Susanne Augenhofer

Summer term 2010


Specialization 3: Civil Legal Advice and Lawmaking – obligatory chosen part and Specialization 4; Subspecialization 4b: Market and Contract Law


10 667 European Consumer Law

Course (2 SP/SWS) - weekly, tuesdays from 16:00 to 17:30


The course focuses on European consumer law. The various consumer protection directives and regulations will be discussed, and their interpretation by the ECJ will be analyzed. The lecture will also refer to the implementation of these directives and regulations into German law. The current developments in European consumer law will be considered (in particular the proposal for the Consumer Rights Directive and the Draft for a Common European Sales Law) and the problems linked to the enforcement of consumer protection provisions will be outlined.

International students are welcome!


Locationroom BE 1, 140/142

Reading: (further reading will be communicated at the beginning of each lecture)

Bülow, Peter/ArtzMarkus, Verbraucherprivatrecht, 2. Aufl. 2008. 
Heiderhoff, Bettina, Gemeinschaftsprivatrecht, 2. Auflage, 2007. 
Lurger, Brigitta/Augenhofer, Susanne, Österreichisches und Europäisches Konsumentenschutzrecht, 2. Auflage, 2008.
Reich, Norbert/Micklitz, Hans.-W, Europäisches Verbraucherrecht, 4. Aufl., 2003.

Reich, Norbert/Micklitz, Hans.-W/Rott, Peter, Understanding EU consumer law, 2009.

Exam: Oral exam/subsequent seminar paper.

Papers: All papers are available on www.moodle.hu-berlin.de after the lecture.

Statute book: Grundmann, Stefan/Riesenhuber, Karl (Hrsg.), Europäisches Privatrecht, 2009.



10646 Questions of the enforcement of consumer and competition law 
in cooperation with Prof. Giorgio Monti, LSE

Seminar (2 SWS)


Legal provisions are only as good as their enforcement - nevertheless questions of law enforcement are only in the focus for a relatively short period of time. In antitrust law the discussion has been stimulated through the CJEU cases Courage and Manfredi and lead to the "White Paper on claims of damages in competition law". The enforcement of law in consumer law is an important point of attention. The DG Sanco wants to change the unsatisfying status quo through the "Green Book on collective law enforcement for consumers".

The seminar deals with the following topics: general problems of the enforcement of law; advantages and disadvantages of private and public law enforcement, possibilities and limits of collective law enforcement and alternatives to private law enforcement.

The similarities and differences of law enforcement in competition and consumer law will be identified and also law comparing aspects shall be addressed. The comparison with English law will be especially highlighted.


Audience: students of the specializations 3 and 4b. International students and PhD candidates are welcome.

Reading: further reading will be communicated at the beginning of each lecture.

Exam: subsequent specialization or seminar paper.

Papers: All papers are available on www.moodle.hu-berlin.de after the lecture.