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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 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:

Exchange Semester

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"
2024 Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano The Social Responsibility of Lawyers in the Global Context

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.