Themis Program (Joint Certificate in International and Business Law)

A Themis student from FU studying at ESADE Law School in Barcelona

A Themis student from FU studying at ESADE Law School in Barcelona
Image Credit: Juliane Moulganova

The Law Department at Freie Universität Berlin has been working in cooperation with the best business law and international law oriented faculties in the International Legal Network of Excellence since 2006/07, the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Milan), the Universidad Ramón Llull de Barcelona – ESADE Law School and the Université Paris Est Créteil - Val de Marne. Lateron, the Universiteit Maastricht, the Singapore Management University, the Business University Vienna, and the University of St. Gallen joined the program.

This contact gives students of the four participating universities the possibility to be awarded the university certificate of the network „Joint Certificate in International and Business Law“. The business and international law oriented studies and practice programme extends over one academic year and is divided into three main components:

 

Exchange Semester

In the winter semester the programme participants complete a business and international law oriented study abroad at a partner university for 24-30 ECTS credit points.

Internship

In addition, during the lecture free period an internship of at least six weeks in an international office with a business law emphasis, in the Law Department of an internationally operating firm, or in an international authority or organisation should be completed.

Seminar

All programme participants come together for a one week block seminar at one of the five European network universities during each spring.

2007 ESADE Business 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 Business 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"

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.