Current Issues in International Family and Succession Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language

Written work may be presented in English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

Course Type and Contact Hours

Seminar / introductory session in April + intensive course over two days in July


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


The course will be held at irregular intervals. It will be available in the summer term 2019.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website from late August to late February and for the summer semester from late February to mid August. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.

Course Description

LAW OF SUCCESSION – Ausgewählte Probleme der Erbrechtsverordnung EU 650/2012
(only available in German though language of instruction is English)

Die allgemeine Kollisionsnorm (Art. 21, 22 EuErbVO)
Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten durch Rechtswahl (Art. 24 ff. EuErbVO)
Internationaler Pflichtteilsschutz und Reaktionen des Erbstatuts auf lebzeitige Zuwendungen
Die internationale Zuständigkeit in Erbsachen und das Europäische Nachlasszeugnis
§ 1371 BGB im internationalen Kontext: Entscheidungsbesprechung zur Sache Mahnkopf EuGH, 01.03.2018 - C-558/16 -


Changes resulting from Regulation 2016/1103 concerning marital property
Consequences of separation and divorce (II): property and financial provision
Child maintenance
Spousal compensatory payments: concept; rationale; award criteria; payment; consequences of supervening circumstances
Award or distribution of the use of the family dwelling: criteria; duration; exclusion; limitations
Rechtsvorschriften, u.a. den Regelungen zur internationalen Zuständigkeit sowie zum Güterstand, Unterhalt und Versorgungsausgleich
Rechtswahl im Familienrecht - Parteiautonomie, Form und Wirksamkeit der Rechtswahl

Other topics are welcome. Please propose a topic via email (

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

It won't be possible for students to sign up for this course via Campus Management. Please write an e-mail to the course instructor before 11 April.
Mr. Krause is going to give the list of participants to the Examination Office which is going to enroll you on Campus Management.

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

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

research paper (25 pages), presentation in class (12 - 15 minutes), discussion

Exam Period

The topics for the papers and presentations can be chosen during the first meeting in April. Presentations will take place during class in July. The date of the presentation and the deadline for the paper will be determined by the course instructor.

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 are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not officially drop this course and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management