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U.S. Business Law and Dispute Resolution

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

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

Teaching Mode


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

please see our electronic course catalogue

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

no (that means that everyone who signs up for this course in time can take part in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 13".

registration period: 3 April 2023, 9 a.m. - 5 May 2023

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 3 April 2023, 9 a.m. - 5 May 2023

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 probably be given in the last class session (early June).

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