Course Type and Contact Hours
Lecture / 4 hrs per week from early May until the third week of June
5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)
This course is going to take place for the first time in the summer term 2019.
Time Schedule and Course Venue
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available for the winter semester from late August to late February and for the summer semester from late February to mid August on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.
This course will give a general overview of U.S. law and the U.S. legal system with some reference to its English heritage. The topics will include:
(i) U.S. constitutional law, including federalism, the structure and functions of the three branches of the U.S. government, and individual civil and criminal rights
(ii) U.S. civil procedure, with some special emphasis on international dispute resolution, conflicts of law and alternative dispute resolution; and
(iii) some selected areas of substantive U.S. law, including contract law, product liability law and antitrust/competition law with some special emphasis on the extraterritorial reach of U.S. law.
The teaching method will be mainly lectures with some class discussion. There will be particular focus on case law of both historical and current interest. The instructor, who is an experienced U.S. lawyer with special experience in international dispute resolution, will supply written materials for each class section.
yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)
Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program Themis & Overseas - Module 4".
registration period: 1 - 5 April 2019, 12 p.m. (noon)
In order to know if you have obtained a place in this course, please check out your course plan on Campus Management (tab "Stundenplan") from 6 April 2019.
As long as there are still seats available after the registration period has expired, they will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served" if you sign up by 26 April 2019.
De-Registration from this Course
regular drop period: 1 - 26 April 2019
After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.
Type of Exam
There will be a multiple choice electronic examination in the E-Examinations Center of Freie Universität Berlin.
The exam will probably take place in the week before the last week of the lecture period. → Academic Calendar
Registration for the Exam
Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.
De-Registration from the Exam
Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).