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International Business Dispute Resolution under U.S. Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Course Organization under Pandemic Conditions
face-to-face teaching in the winter term 2021/22

Contact Hours

4 hours per week during the first half of the lecture period


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)


This course will be taught at irregular intervals.

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 "Fremdsprachiges rechtswissenschaftliches Lehrangebot" in order to find out course hours and rooms.

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the issues legal counsel encounter in connection with resolving international business disputes under U.S. law. The course uses lectures and interactive class discussions based on primary sources, including statutory and case law materials that the instructor will provide, as well as hypothetical scenarios involving a German manufacturer confronting a variety of legal issues in connection with the distribution of its products into the U.S. market. The course will include:

  • A general overview of the U.S. legal system, as relevant to international business dispute resolution
  • U.S. civil procedure with particular emphasis on its application to international civil procedure
  • The U.S. approach to conflicts of law (private international law), as applicable to the resolution of international business disputes
  • Alternative international business dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation and settlement
  • Selected areas of U.S. substantive business law particularly likely to be involved in international business disputes, including contracts, business organizations, bankruptcy, employment, product liability and certain statutory laws expressly having extraterritorial effect, e.g., antitrust (competition), foreign corrupt practices and alien tort claims

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 8".

registration period: 1 - 15 October 2021, 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 16 October 2021.

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 5 November 2021.

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 1 October - 5 November 2021

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

information not available yet

Exam Period

The exam will be given in the last class session (in December).

Registration for the Exam

International exchange 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 part any longer, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management