our Master’s Programme of European and International Business, Competition and Regulatory Law (MBL-FU) was initiated three five ago by my retired predecessor, Prof. Dr. iur. Dr. rer. pol. Dres. h.c. Franz Jürgen Säcker, and has established itself successfully in the academic landscape. As of 1 March 2014, I am the new academic director of the MBL-FU Master's Programme.
The course aspires to educate the future young leaders working in the field of competition/antitrust and/or regulatory law. The program will allow the students to establish themselves as specialists in this field, with an excellent understanding of the legal and economic underpinnings of the relevant issues of great practical relevance. Our students receive a legal and economic training that is immediately useful for hands-on work in a competition authority, law firm, in-house legal department or for further academic pursuits in the legal field.
As of the academic year 2014/2015, this profile has been further sharpened: we have strengthened the international and transatlantic as well as the interdisciplinary focus of the program. Students will be taught by leading academics and practitioners from the EU and the US and hence understand both perspectives, with their commonalities and differences. Apart from the legal perspective, the economics of competition and regulation will be a focus throughout. On the substance, the competition/antitrust law agenda has been expanded. Similarly, IP law will receive more attention. The intersection of competition law and IP is a field full of tension that we offer to explore. In the field of regulation, telecommunications and internet law will be dealt with, as well as the fundamentals of energy law.
The Master of European and International Business, Competition and Regulatory Law (MBL-FU) is based on a learning concept which combines traditional "in-class" teaching with electronic communication via the university's internet platform and independent study. The MBL leaves room for the opportunity to seek part-time auxiliary employment in a complementary field of practice. Apart from professors of business law, specialized legal practitioners from competition and regulation authorities and law firms with a great deal of case experience will instruct the students.
I wish you success in completing the course and an enjoyable teamwork with students from all over the world in Berlin’s cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Prof. Dr. Heike Schweitzer, LL.M. (Yale)
Academic Director of the MBL-FU