Themis Program (Joint Certificate in International and Business Law)
The Law Department of Freie Universität Berlin has been working in the International Legal Network of Excellence since 2006/07. The Themis network has been founded by the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Milan), the Universidad Ramón Llull de Barcelona – ESADE Law School, the Université Paris Est Créteil and Freie Universität Berlin.
Later on, the Universiteit Maastricht, the Singapore Management University, the Business University Vienna, the University of St. Gallen, the National Taiwan University, the Victoria University of Wellington and the City University of Hong Kong joined the project.
This contact gives students of the participating universities the possibility to be awarded the „Joint Certificate in International and Business Law“.
This business and international law-oriented studies and practice programme extends over one academic year and is divided into three main components:
In the winter semester the program participants complete a business and international law-oriented study abroad period at a partner university with 24-30 ECTS credit points.
Themis students are expected to complete an internship of at least six weeks in an international law firm with a business law focus, or in the Legal Department of an internationally operating company, or in an international organisation.
All programme participants come together for a three days' seminar at one of the European network universities in the spring each year.
|2007||ESADE Law School, Barcelona||"Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions"|
|2008||Université Paris Est Créteil - Val de Marne||"Intellectual Property"|
|2009/2010||Freie Universität Berlin||"European Contract Law and Economic Law"|
|2011||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan||"International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution"|
|2012||ESADE Law School, Barcelona||"International Litigation"|
|2013||Universiteit Maastricht||"Law and Art"|
|2014||Université Paris-Est Créteil - Val de Marne||"Financial Crisis"|
|2015||Freie Universität Berlin||"The Role of the ECJ in the European Integration"|
|2016||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan||"Doing Business and Social / Human Rights"|
|2017||Business University Vienna||"Europe - A Union of the People"|
|2018||University of St. Gallen||"Law and Corruption"|
|2019||Universidade Nova de Lisboa||"Competition Law and the Digital Economy"|
|2020||ESADE Law School, Barcelona||"Artificial Intelligence and the Law: Challenge or Opportunity?"|
|2021||Universiteit Maastricht||"Towards Cultural Standardization? The Interplay between (inter)national and European Economic Law and Culture: How much 'Culture' is left?"|
|2022||Université Paris-Est Créteil - Val de Marne||"The Rule of Law in Europe today"|
|2023||Freie Universität Berlin||"Pandemics - Challenges for the Law"|
The close cooperation between all of the network universities allows the development of a common curriculum, timely coordination and a continuous wider development of the programme.