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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Prof Dr Susanne Augenhofer

Summer term 2014

Yale-Humboldt Consumer Law Lecture


Colloquium (1 SP) - workshops on 22 May, 5 and 12 June 2014, from 14:00 to 17:00 respectively; preparation meetings on 20 May, 3 and 1 June, from 14:00 to 16:00 respectively


Beginning in the summer term of 2014, the new annual Yale-Humboldt Consumer Law Lecture will be held in Berlin. In this lecture, three professors from Yale Law School (YLS) will be visiting the Humboldt-University in Berlin in order to discuss recent developments in the field of consumer law. The lecture will be held on 6 June 2014, and we would like to invite you to participate.


In addition, students will be offered workshops to discuss issues in more detail with the respective professors. Preparation meetings will be held prior to these workshops, in which papers produced by the visiting professors will be discussed.

International students are welcome!


Location: Preparation meetings - room BE 1, E44/46; workshops on 22 May and 12 June 2014 - room UL 9, E23; workshop on 5 June - room UL 11, 101.

Guests: In the summer term of 2014, Prof. Daniel Markovits, Yale Law School (22 May 2014), Prof. Roberta Romano, Yale Law School (5 June 2014) and Prof. Alan Schwartz, Yale Law School (12 June 2014) will be giving the Yale-Humboldt Consumer Law Lecture.

Remarks: Attendance at all workshops is required for the awarding of SWS points. A separate application is required if you wish to participate in individual lectures only.

The lectures will be held in English. The number of places available to students in the lectures is limited. Applications should not be sent later than 22 April 2014.


Your application should contain:

  • Letter of motivation (in English)
  • CV
  • a short essay (in English) on the topic "Aims and Means of Consumer Law in the Digital World". The text should not exceed 2000 words (incl. footnotes and blanks).



Specialization 3: Civil Legal Advice and Lawmaking – obligatory chosen part and Specialization 4;

Subspecialization 4b: Market and Contract Law and 4c: Company and Corporate Law

European Consumer Law


Course (2 SP) - four-day course from 23 to 24 May and from 30 to 31 May 2014


Friday, 23 May 2014 - 13:00 to 19:00

Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 10:00 to 16:00

Friday, 30 May 2014 - 13:00 to 19:00

Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 10:00 to 16:00


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 analysed. 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 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!


Location: room BE 1, 139a

Reading: During the indroductory session on 24 April 2014 at 16:00 in room UL 9, 213, a handout with a reading list will be distributed, and further readings will be communicated at the beginning of the course.



Consumer Law in Practice

Lecture series (2 SP) - weekly (Wednesdays) from 18:00 to 20:00


The lecture series offers practical insights into selected fields of consumer law and involves experienced practitioners from law firms and consumer associations. It will cover not only substantive law but also procedural law; alternative dispute resolution will be discussed as well. This lecture series complements the European Consumer Law lecture.


Location: room BE1, E34

Remark: The attendance at both lectures on consumer law is a prerequisite for participation in the Humboldt-Consumer Law Clinic.



European and German Unfair Competition Law

Course (2 SP) - four-day course on 17 June and from 20 to 22 June 2014.


Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 13:00 to 20:00
Friday, 20 June 2014 - 13:00 to 19:30
Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 10:00 to 16:00 
Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 13:00 to 18:00


The course focuses on unfair competition law that is regulated in the Law of Unfair Commercial Practices (Gesetz gegen unlauteren Wettbewerb, UWG).  At the start, the function of unfair competition law as part of competition law will be taken into account, and consequently the influence of European law on this area of law will be highlighted. Afterwards, the most important key principles will be explained, and various groups of cases will be looked at on the basis of examples of the enforcement of law. Finally, the course is addressed to the enforcement of law.

International students are welcome!


Location: room UL 9, E25; except for Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 13:00 - BE 1, E34, from 16.00 - BE 1, 144

Reading: During the introductory session on 24 April 2014 at 16:00 in room UL 9, 213, a handout with a reading list will be distributed, and further readings will be communicated at the beginning of the course.


BZQ I - Schlüsselqualifikation


Recent CJEU case law on European Private Law - Introduction to legal Writing

Seminar (2 SP) - four-day seminar from 4 to 6 July 2014 plus one additional date (tba)


Friday, 4 July 2014 - 13:00 to 19:30 
Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 10:00 to 16:00 
Sunday, 6 July 2014 - 13:00 to 18:00


The seminar focuses on teaching and practicing academic skills and in particular those relating to legal research and the working up of a topic by means of written argument and oral presentation. The research papers to be submitted by the students after the seminar are required to be based on recent judgments of the ECJ on consumer and competition law, whose content, background and influence on the law (on the European as well as the national level) will need to be illustrated. Besides the analysis of a particular judgment of the ECJ and the subsequent decision of the referring court, the European provisions relevant to the case (TFEU, Regulation or Directive) will have to be outlined. Of particular interest will be the methodological procedures with regard to the application of national law.

The participants will be asked to provide one another with a draft version of their research papers one week before the oral presentation, to facilitate a discussion of the student's techniques of argumentation and academic working skills. The participants will also receive written feedback from the facilitator. On this basis, research papers will have to be submitted by the end of the seminar. During the working process, Prof. Augenhofer's research assistants will support the students in literature searches and in defining and limiting the subject.

The seminar primarily serves as a preparation for the research paper in the Schwerpunktbereichsstudium, but it is also offered to all interested students and is recommended for LL.M. students as preparation for their master thesis.


Reading: During the introductory session on 24 April 2014 at 16:00 in room UL 9, 213, the topics will be presented and distributed.

Remarks: Every participating student is required to submit a research paper ("Seminararbeit") the length of which should be between 15-20 pages. The results will be given in a presentation of approximately 20 minutes.





10 445 Civil Law Exam 11 (Klausur im Zivilrecht 11)

Time and Date: 4 July 2014, 9:00 to 14:00

Location: UL 6, room 1115