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Overview of the Programme

MBL Opening Class

MBL Opening Class
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The MBL-FU is a postgraduate master programme in law (LL.M) focused on international and European trade, competition and regulatory law. All classes are taught in English by distinguished academics and professionals from around the world. Lectures are supported by blended-learning-concept including methodological tutorials and e-learning segments.

Following the ideas of the ‘economic order’ or the ‘economic institution’, this programme conveys thorough insights about the institutions and rules needed to create a strong framework for a well-functioning economic system, as well as provided students with a firm understanding of the underlying economic concepts and engaging with the policy debates driving dynamic regulatory sectors today.  

The international rules of trade, investment protection, cartel prohibition, merger and acquisitions, subsidies and state aid control, legal procurement, intellectual property rights, regulation of the digital economy, 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.

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The course is targeted at giving lawyers and economists with a strong interest in the field of economic law the opportunity to gain in-depth, specialist knowledge in the areas of international and European trade, competition and regulatory law. Lawyers and economists who are already practicing competition and regulatory law in businesses, law firms or public authorities will have the chance to significantly enhance their knowledge and skills.

Professionals working in the field of economic law need a good grasp of the relevant legal framework at the international, supranational and national level. This framework and its economic basis is taught in the first semester. The second semester provides in-depth knowledge of the most important fields of economic law today: competition law, intellectual property, state aid and public procurement as well as the regulation of infrastructure sectors (energy and telecommunications) and the digital economy.

The students are supervised and supported by a select group of experts and lecturers 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.

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Integrated into one of Germany’s largest and best campus 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 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.