Professionals working in the field of economic law need a good grasp of the relevant legal framework at the international, supranational and national level. At the same time, they need a good understanding of the economic logic underlying these legal commands. These rules will frequently be an attempt to translate economic insights into the system of law that necessarily operates within a given set of institutions and is concerned with the enforcement and administrability of legal provisions.
The postgraduate programme "Master of European and International Business, Competition and Regulatory Law" (MBL-FU) is set up to convey thorough insights about the institutions and rules needed to create a strong framework for a well-functioning economic order. The programme, conducted entirely in English, gives legal scholars and economists the opportunity to gain in-depth, specialized knowledge in both economics and economic law. The international rules of trade, investment protection, cartel prohibition, merger and acquisitions, subsidies and state aid control, legal procurement, intellectual property rights, telecommunications and energy regulation are some of the issues that are going to be discussed and researched in interdisciplinary perspective during the two-term programme.
The students are supervised and supported by a select group of experts assembled from different countries and backgrounds, ranging from officials of the European Commission and National Authorities to practitioners from international law firms and in-house attorneys of multinational companies, as well as leading professors from North America and Europe.
The MBL-FU applies a blended-learning-concept combining traditional study methods with some e-learning segments. As part of one of Germany’s excellence universities, our students benefit from very good research conditions granted by the FU network of libraries with a combined bibliographic asset of approx. 8 million media units, thus providing the necessary basis for any successful academic endeavour.
The Institute was founded by Freie Universität Berlin in 1986 on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Dr. Dres. h.c. Franz-Jürgen Säcker – originally as a Center for Anti-Trust Law. As of March 2014, Prof. Dr. Heike Schweitzer, LL.M. (Yale) has taken over as the new director of the Institute. The Institute’s main research areas are European competition law, state-aid law, energy law and telecommunication law.
The Institute organizes academic conferences and workshops on competition and regulatory law as well as seminars on German and European economic law. It strives for a close cooperation with competition economists and the European, U.S. American and international competition law and economics community and advocates an intense interaction between competition law and regulation practice. Officials from ministries, competition authorities and regulatory authorities as well as practicing lawyers from leading law firms are frequent guests at our Institute.
Freie Universität Berlin is one of Germany’s eleven “excellent universities” of the German Federal Republic, successful in all three funding lines in the federal and state Excellence Initiative and thereby receiving additional funding for its future institutional development strategy. It is one of the largest universities in Germany: 30.600 students are enrolled at 15 departments and central institutes in over 150 degree programmes. At the Dahlem Research School, Freie Universität supports young researchers; it has over 100 international partnerships with scholarly institutions worldwide and 15 percent of its students come from abroad.