Students from the University of Passau can spend a semester at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, free of charge. Good exam results count toward an LLM if students return to Tulane after completing their First State Exam. This is an exceptional opportunity given the high tuition at American law schools (Tulane: $ 28 000 per semester).
The essay test for students interested in spending a semester in the United States will be offered on 2 December 2019 at 14:00 in JUR R 328. Applicants must register for the test by 25 November 2019 (11:00) via the Chair of Common Law (Ms. Sylvia Böhm, room 312 JUR). Passau can send four students to Tulane each year.
Please visit our website Student Exchanges for more information.
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Graduates from Passau can receive attractive scholarships for an LL.M at Tulane Law School. Two spots are still available for the 19/20 academic year. Applications must be received by mid-June. Professor Fedtke will answer questions about the Program, life in New Orleans and LL.M opportunities in general on 30 April 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in JURSR 059.
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The Chair of Common Law says good-bye to Mindy Nunez Duffourc, Humboldt Fellow from New Orleans, USA, and PhD candidate (Patient rights and patient safety). She and her family returned to New Orleans at the beginning of April after more than two years in Passau.
Professor Fedtke is offering a seminar with topics from contemporary U.S. tort, contract and constitutional law. Presentations will be held on 18 July 2019 (date TBC). The seminar meets the requirements of Schwerpunktbereiche 27 and 28. It is open to international exchange students and carries credits towards CECIL.
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The essay test for students interested in spending a semester in the United States (Tulane Law School in Louisiana or Moritz College of Law in Ohio) will be offered on 18 December 2018 at 16:00 in JUR SR 153. Applicants must register for the test by 10 December 2018 (by 11:00) via the Chair of Common Law (Ms. Sylvia Böhm, room 312 JUR). Passau can send four students to Tulane and another single student to Ohio each year. Successful candidates do not pay tuition.
On Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Professor Fedtke will talk about special opportunities for graduates from Passau and answer questions concerning U.S. and UK LL.M programs more generally. Topics covered will include the selection of the right program, academic requirements, the application process, funding, and state bar exams.
Another topic will be the Student Exchange Programs with Tulane Law School and Ohio State University (USA) 2019/2020. The Chair for Common Law invites students interested in spending a semester at Tulane Law School (New Orleans/Louisiana) or Ohio State University (Columbus/Ohio) to attend this information session. A total of five tuition free-slots are currently available for the 2019/2020 academic year. Students can choose to go from August to December or January to May. Professor Fedtke will introduce the exchange and answer questions about studying at an American law school, the selection process in Passau, opportunities for financial support, and the cost of travel, insurance and living.
Location of the event is SR 147a JUR.
Professor Fedtke is offering a seminar this summer. The Seminararbeit meets the seminar requirement of the Juristische Universitätsprüfung in SPBs 27 and 28.
All participants must register personally via the Chair of Common Law, Room 312, by Thursday, 17.05.2018, 11:00 a.m. at the latest. Please provide your student ID, completed application form (make sure to mark the respective SPB on p. 7) as well as your printed confirmation of admission to the Schwerpunktbereich.
2018 is set to be a busy year in Passau.
The Chair of Common Law will continue developing the Crossroads Series with events that explore the influence of the UN Convention for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) across the Anglo-American world, secession movements as a challenge to the nation state in Europe (United Kingdom and Spain), and legal issues surrounding transatlantic data flows between the U.S. and the European Union (Privacy Shield). Other events include information sessions about studying common law at Passau, LLM opportunities abroad, and student exchanges in the UK and the U.S.
Research projects and consulting work include the development of the common law tradition in the United States and the UK, constitutional reform in the Lebanon, the analysis of values and traditions common to Member States of the European Union, the impact of digital technology on law in the U.S., and the review of human rights issues for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
In 2018, we also hope to further strengthen our ties with partner institutions in the U.S., the United Kingdom, India, Hong Kong and Australia. The Chair of Common Law is now the point of contact for the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG), an academic institute and think tank built on a co-operation between Thammasat University (Bangkok) and Passau’s German partners in Frankfurt and Münster. On campus, Mindy Nunez Duffourc, a former Alexander-von-Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow, joins our team in January. Ms. Duffourc will complete a comparative analysis of patients’ rights in the U.S. and Germany, support Passau’s moot court activities, and teach skills-based and substantive courses on U.S. and comparative law.
Finally, we aim to establish a joint PhD/SJD program with Tulane Law School in New Orleans. This link will provide opportunities for graduate students to study and compare American common law and the civilian law of Louisiana with approaches found in Germany and other European jurisdictions.
We welcome support for these activities and wish all staff and students, guests and friends a happy and successful new year!
Interested in an LL.M in the United States? Professor Fedtke will talk about special opportunities for graduates from Passau and answer questions concerning U.S. and UK LL.M programs more generally on December 12, 2017 at 12:00 in ITZ 017. Topics covered will include the selection of the right program, academic requirements, the application process, funding, and state bar exams.
Tulane Professor Adeno Addis to teach in Passau in November
Disputes involving the reach of executive power, judicial independence, the inner workings of the Senate, federalism, and human rights protection have mired the first months of the Trump Presidency and triggered an intense national debate about fundamental aspects of the U.S. Constitution. Adeno Addis, a distinguished constitutional scholar from Tulane Law School in New Orleans/Louisiana, will be co-teaching with Professor Fedtke a short course covering some of these issues during a visit to Passau in November and December 2017. The aim is to discuss key questions of American constitutionalism in their contemporary guise and to identify – wherever possible – current trends in the development of the country’s constitutional infrastructure. Class times are available under 21810 Contemporary Issues of U.S. Constitutional LawSyllabus.
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A total of five tuition-free slots are currently available for the 2018/2019 academic year. Students can choose to go from August to December or January to May. Professor Jörg Fedtke will introduce the exchange and answer questions about studying at an American law school, the selection process in Passau, opportunities for financial support, and the cost of travel, insurance and living.
Eligibility criteria: Candidates must have completed their fourth semester at Passau by the time they go abroad and are selected on the same basis as Erasmus exchange students (for details see http://www.jura.uni-passau.de/fileadmin/dateien/fakultaeten/jura/Auslandsstudium/AuswahlverfahrenERASMUS_JUR.pdf). In addition to these criteria, applicants must write an essay about a constitutional law topic. Specific knowledge of American constitutional law is not required. The essay will be offered by the Chair of Common Law on December 12, 2017, 10-12, SR 059 JUR . The result of the essay is multiplied by the factor 0.25 and added to the overall score. Interested students are asked to register in person via the Chair of Common Law, R 312 JUR by November 30, 2017 (11:00 a.m.). Please provide your ID, student card and proof of matriculation (at least third semester).
Professor Adeno Addis (Tulane Law School, New Orleans/LA) is offering a general lecture/talk about The USA under President Donald Trump onThursday, December 7, 2017 at 2:00 PM in HS 14 (Juridicum, Innstraße 39).
The event is open to the public. Both lecture and discussion will be held in English.
Professor Takis Tridimas (King‘s College London) to speak at Passau on November 9
Takis Tridimas, Chair of European Law at King’s College London and Nancy A. Patterson Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Penn State in the United States, will speak in the Crossroads Series on November 9, 2017. The lecture, titled Citizens and Sovereigns: Withdrawal from the EU and Acquired Rights, will address one of the most intractable issues at stake in the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU – the rights of EU citizens on both sides of the Channel post-Brexit. Professor Tridimas is an authority on EU law and has practiced and published widely in the area. The event, which is open to members of the public, is scheduled for 6:00 PM in HS 14 (Juridicum, Innstrasse 39). Both lecture and discussion will be held in English.
Sir Jeffrey Jowell in Passau on May 18, 2017 – HS 14 at 6:00 PM
The Chair of Common Law is hosting Sir Jeffrey Jowell, KCMG QC on Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 PM in HS 14 (Juridicum, Innstraße 39) for a conversation about Brexit and the Rule of Law. Sir Jeffrey is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at University College London (UCL) and one of the UK’s leading voices in the area of human rights protection, democracy, and the rule of law. He has acted as advisor for many governments and transition processes across the globe. Sir Jeffrey served, inter alia, on the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission from 2000 to 2011 and was until last year Founding Director of the prestigious Bingham Center for the Rule of Law at the British Institute for Comparative and International Law in London. The event will be held in English.
Professor Fedtke is offering a seminar this summer. The Seminararbeit meets the seminar requirement of the Juristische Universitätsprüfung in SPBs 27 and 28. Time and location of the first meeting will be announced soon.
All participants must register personally via the Chair of Common Law, Room 312, by Thursday, 18.05.2017, 11:00 p.m. at the latest. Please provide your student ID, completed application form (make sure to mark the respective SPB on p. 7) as well as your printed confirmation of admission to the Schwerpunktbereich.
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The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. Or is it? The Heads of State and Government, at least, are meeting without Prime Minister Theresa May and pressing the UK to finally notify the EU of its intention to exit under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. They have yet to hear from London.
Where did the so-called ‘Brexit’ come from, how will it work in constitutional and commercial practice, is it a threat to the future of the EU, how does it affect predominantly pro-EU Scotland and Northern Ireland, and how is daily life for ‘EU-foreigners’ in the UK after the referendum? Dr. Florian Wagner-von Papp, Reader in Law at University College London, Dr. Tobias Lock, Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and Dr. Egbert Klautke, Senior Lecturer at the History Department of University College London, will discuss these and related questions during a conversation with Professor Dr. Jörg Fedtke on November 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM in (JUR) SR 14.
Tulane Law School in New Orleans/Louisiana is offering LL.M scholarships to applicants from Passau. Students graduating in time for the next academic year (August 2017 to Mai 2018) and interested in this opportunity should contact Professor Dr. Jörg Fedtke. More information is available at LL.M Programs.
Tulane Law School Professor and Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar Sally Brown Richardson, Visiting Professor at Passau from June 6 to 22, will give the following open lectures during her stay:
June 8, 2016 from 4.00 - 5.30 p.m.
Studying Law in the United States
SR 147a JUR,
June 9, 2016 from 6.00 - 7.30 p.m.
Spouses and Privacy: Can Your Spouse Read Your Email?
HS 14 JUR
Mindy Nunez Duffourc, a graduate from the University of North Carolina School of Law (JD 2008) and litigation attorney from New Orleans, will spend a year researching medical malpractice law at the Chair of Common Law in 2016/2017. The comparative study, which focuses on the regulatory practice of healthcare providers, statutory rights of patients, alternative dispute resolution in medical malpractice cases and the impact of juries on the level of awards in the United States and Germany, is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program. A limited number of German Chancellor Fellowships are awarded to prospective leaders from the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil and India each year. The Program, which enjoys the patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, is financed by the German Foreign Office.
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Students interested in studying U.S. law as part of their German law degree have an opportunity to speak to Professor Fedtke and members of his team about Wahlschwerpunkte 27 and 28 on May 10, 2016 during an information session organized by the Faculty of Law in Audimax (AM) Hörsaal 10. Professor Fedtke will provide details of the Schwerpunktbereiche and information about semester abroad possibilities, LL.M programs and bar exams in the United States. The event starts at 6:00 p.m.
Law students from Passau will soon be able to study in the United States. The Chair of Common Law is negotiating the details of exchange agreements which will provide three slots with Tulane Law School (New Orleans/Louisiana) and a single slot with Ohio State University (Moritz College of Law). Both agreements are set to become operational in 2017.
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Tulane Law School Professor and Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar Sally Brown Richardson will be visiting Passau from June 6 to 22 as a guest of the Chair of Common Law. The visit is generously funded by the University of Passau’s Gastwissenschaftlerprogramm. Professor Richardson’s work focuses primarily on property law and comparative methodology. She will be giving a small series of lectures on selected aspects of property law, current legal issues and, more generally, legal education in the United States (academic programs, life on campus, state bar exams and legal careers). Students interested in studying or working in the United States should use this opportunity to interact with Professor Richardson both informally and on occasion of events organized by the Chair of Common Law. Details of the visit will be circulated in May.
Professor Fedtke is offering a seminar during the Sommersemester 2016. The Seminararbeit meets the seminar requirement of the Juristische Universitätsprüfung in the SPBe 27 and 28. The first meeting will take place on Monday, 11.04.2016, 17:00 - 18:00, (JUR) SR 153.
All participants must register personally via the Chair of Common Law, Room 312, by Wednesday, 11.05.2016 at the latest. Please provide your student ID, completed application form (make sure to mark the respective Schwerpunktbereich on p. 7) as well as your printed confirmation of admission to the Schwerpunktbereich.
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Wie jedes Jahr findet auch diesen Sommer wieder eine Summer School in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) statt. Die Juristische Fakultät der Monash University bietet in Zusammenarbeit mit der International Islamic University (Malaysia), der Université Paris-Sud, der University of Windsor (Kanada), der York University (Kanada), der Vrije University Amsterdam (Niederlande) und der Universität Passau ein vielfältiges Angebot an internationalem Recht.
z.Hd. Frau Irene Rothmeier (Zi. 225 JUR)
China is currently developing a new economic strategy, officially known as the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative, which aims to rebuild the ancient Silk Road that connected the country's markets with Europe many centuries ago. The idea is to develop deeper economic, political and cultural ties with nations situated between China and the EU, and is paired with a similar strategy aimed at enhancing cooperation with its Asian neighbors (in particular the ASEAN, Pakistan and Australia). Professor Fedtke recently joined the Belt and Road Research Institute of Hong Kong as a member of its International Advisory Board. The Institute will address a wide range of issues related to OBOR - in particular questions of free trade, political integration, and regional security. Hong Kong, a common law jurisdiction and a part of China (one country, two systems), is the ideal location for this new think tank.
Professor Fedtke will be offering CECIL exams for his courses (Common Law Tradition, Torts, Contracts and Constitutional Law) on Friday, 5 February 2016, HS 8 (WIWI). The CECIL exam for Introduction to U.S. Intellectual Property Law (Münzel de Queiroz) will also be offered on that day. You may register for the exams via HISQIS as of Tuesday, 1 December 2015 untilThursday, 4 February 2016 at noon. Exam schedule download.
Professor Fedtke will provide information about the common law component of SPBe 27 and 28 on Monday, 23 November 2015, at 12:00 in JUR SR 59. Students currently enrolled in one of these specializations as well as students interested in studying the common law in the future are invited to attend.
Professor Wayne Morrison, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, is giving a guest lecture on Wednesday, 18 November 2015, at 6 p.m. in SR 001 (ITZ) on Law in the social constitution of the Holocaust
Interested in an LL.M in the United States? Professor Fedtke will talk about special opportunities for graduates from Passau and answer questions concerning U.S. LL.M programs more generally on 11 November 2015, at 2 p.m. in (JUR) 147b. Topics covered will include the selection of the right program, academic requirements, the application process, funding, and state bar exams.
On 16 October 2015, Professor Fedtke discussed developments in Tunisia with Dr. Habib Lejmi, representative of the Ennahdha party in Germany, on occasion of a round table organized by Tunisia in Transition, a group of young researchers from Tunisia and Germany with deep roots in Passau. Professor Fedtke has followed the Arab Spring closely and worked with members of constitutional assemblies, political parties and NGOs in the area of human rights protection, judicial review and multi-level governance in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia for more than a decade. He is currently assisting ATIDE (Association Tunisienne pour l’ntégrité et la démocratie des élections) in an analysis of decentralization efforts in Tunisia.
Sandra Münzel de Queiroz, LL.M (University College London) is offering an introduction to the protection of intellectual property rights in the United States. The course provides an overview of the legal framework relating to patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, and discusses the policy considerations that drive this body of law in legal practice. Ms. Queiroz, a German Rechtsanwalt and English solicitor, worked in-house as legal counsel for Yahoo! Inc. in London for many years before teaching intellectual property rights at Tulane Law School in New Orleans.
Sonja Ebert, a graduate of the Faculty of Law in Passau, is currently taking an LL.M at Tulane Law School in the United States. Ms. Ebert received one of the scholarships offered through the Chair of Common Law. She is happy to answer questions about the LL.M, Tulane, and life in New Orleans. Students interested in this opportunity to study in the United States can contact Ms. Ebert directly at email@example.com.
On 21 September 2015, at 16:00 CEST in Germany and 10:00 EDT in New Haven, the Graduate Programs Office at Yale Law School will host an informational webinar for German law students and graduates interested in Yale's LL.M. program. Admission to the program is generally limited to those committed to a career in teaching law. Interested parties are able to register for the webinar here.
Tulane Law School will again set aside three scholarships for qualified graduates from Passau University interested in pursuing an LL.M in New Orleans in 2016/2017. Please see the LL.M section of this website for further details.
The substantive courses that make up Teilwahlschwerpunkte 27 and 28 (The Common Law Tradition, Torts, Contracts and Constitutional Law) will all be offered in the WS 2015/2016. Please note the scheduled times on StudIP. A seminar will be offered in the SS 2016. Students will also be given opportunities to write practice exams in May and June 2016.
Professor Fedtke has recently completed an analysis of selected sections of the draft constitution for Libya that is currently being discussed in the Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA). Thematic committees of the CDA published a first full proposal for the country's new constitutional settlement in December 2014. The analysis, provided for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Oslo, is available at http://www.constitutionnet.org/vl/item/analysis-draft-constitution-libya-thematic-committees-constitution-drafting-assembly-status.
Interested in an LL.M in the United States? Professor Fedtke will talk about special opportunities for graduates from Passau and answer questions concerning U.S. LL.M programs more generally on 27 April 2015 at 1 p.m. in (JUR) 147b. Topics covered will include the selection of the right program, academic requirements, the application process, funding, and state bar exams.
Professor Fedtke is offering a seminar during the Sommersemester 2015. Topics cover questions of tort law, contracts, and constitutional law. The paper meets the seminar requirement of the Juristische Universitätsprüfung in SPBs 27 and 28.
Participants must register personally via the Chair of Common Law (Ms. Sylvia Böhm, Room 312) by 15 May 2015 at the latest. Please provide your student ID, completed application form as well as your printed confirmation of admission to the Schwerpunktbereich.
Papers are due by 6 July 2015.
Penn State University in Pennsylvania is offering a full tuition scholarship to a law graduate from Passau University for a two-semester LL.M. program during the 2015/2016 academic year (starting August 4, 2015). The applicant should have at least the first state law exam. Nominations will be made via the Chair of Common Law in Passau (please contact Prof. Dr. Jörg Fedtke at firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants should submit their applications to Professor Fedtke by March 31, 2015.
Penn State allows LL.M students to select their own course of study. Specializations exist, inter alia, in the areas of business law, arbitration, and energy/environmental law. Candidates will have to provide Penn State with a completed application form, proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS), law degree transcripts, a personal statement, and their resume (CV).
Questions about the LL.M at Penn State, the application procedure, or the scholarship can be directed to Mr. Burak Can, Director, Graduate and International Programs (email@example.com) or Ms. Brenda Johnson, LL.M Admissions Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Penn State is a partner of the DAAD. Applicants may wish to explore further funding opportunities through that organization.
Tulane University Law School (TLS) in New Orleans, Louisiana, is setting aside LL.M scholarships for applicants with a qualifying law degree (1. Staatsexamen) from the University of Passau. The offer is available for the 2016-2017 academic year. Applications must be received by May 1, 2016 either to Tulane Law School directly or through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Tulane will grant scholarships of no less than $20,000 each to the three best applicants admitted from Passau. This amounts to a reduction of the regular tuition fee by nearly 50%. Top applicants might qualify for higher scholarships.
The influential U.S. News Ranking lists TLS as a Tier 1 law school in the United States. It is particularly well known for comparative and international law, maritime law, environmental law, and law and development. Other key strengths include sports law and alternative dispute resolution.
Professor Fedtke is happy to answer questions concerning the LL.M Program at Tulane Law School, life in New Orleans, or the application process.
Professor Fedtke is offering a Q+A session about LL.M programs in the United States. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 28 January, at 4:00 p.m. at the Lehrstuhl für Common Law (JUR 313). Interested students are kindly requested to send a brief email confirming their attendance to email@example.com.
International IDEA and Democracy Reporting International (DRI) organized a workshop for members of the Libyan Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) and interested observers from a number of NGOs and the local media from 11-13 December 2014 in Tunis. The main topics discussed with the assistance of international experts were questions of human rights protection, decentralized government, and issues concerning the drafting process itself. Professor Fedtke, who has closely followed the constitutional transition in several countries across the Middle East over the past decade, provided expert input throughout the workshop and facilitated the discussion of several sensitive topics that are currently stalling negotiations in Libya. These include the relationship between Islam and human rights, the powers of regional and local tiers of government, and the involvement of citizens, NGOs and public administrators in the drafting process.
Professor Fedtke participated in a panel organized by the German Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (the leading association of German universities) to discuss the current state of affairs and options for increasing the international content of university curricula in Germany. The conference, titled Internationalisation at Home, took place in Berlin on 1/2 December 2014. Workshops, lectures and panel discussions focused on a number of organizational, financial and curricular issues related to the internationalization of higher education in Germany. The event was part of a comprehensive review and strategic assessment of German higher education that the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz has been conducting since 2009.