Elective field of specialisation: International Private Commercial Law and Comparative Law

The springboard into the international economy

 

 

Coordinators

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helmut Ofner LL.M

o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bea Verschraegen LL.M, E.M.M

 

 

About

In order to complete an elective field of specialisation, a total of 12 semester hours (under the new curriculum) or 14 semester hours (under the old curriculum) must be earned. The lectures are coordinated in such a way that the elective field of specialisation can be completed within one academic year.


Learning objectives

The increasing internationalisation of economy and society and the related legal issues make it necessary to offer an advanced education specifically geared to international business activities. According to this educational goal, students are provided with an overview of the legal implications of international legal relations, which should serve as a basis for economic activities at international level in their future careers.


Target group

Target group of the elective field of specialisation „International Private Commercial Law and Comparative Law” are students aiming for legal or economic activities with international dimensions. Examples of this occupational profile include law firms with an international clientele and international corporations.


Requirements 

Generally there are no mandatory requirements for the participation in the elective field of specialisation „International Private Commercial Law and Comparative Law”. Relevant language skills are beneficial. Since focus is laid on Private Law, basic knowledge in Civil Law is favourable and the coordination with the Private Law subjects is reasonable.


Content

Emphasis is laid on International Private Law and Uniform Private Law, primarily taking into account European Civil Law and the European provisions on conflict of laws. For better understanding, the methods of Comparative Law are explained, which serve as important tools both in legislation and in the interpretation of existing legal norms. In addition further courses are provided in the fields of International Private Law, Comparative Law and European Civil Procedure and Insolvency Law. Besides imparting legal content, courses offer an introduction to the legal terminology of languages most important for international business activities.

 

Organisational Issues

In order to complete an elective field of specialisation, a total of 12 semester hours (under the new curriculum) or 14 semester hours (under the old curriculum) must be earned. The courses are coordinated in such a way that the elective field of specialisation can be completed within one academic year.


Recognitions

• Internships abroad in the field of international business (e.g.: branch office of the Austrian Economic Chambers or the Federation of Austrian Industries) in the amount of 2 semester hours, insofar as the student can sufficiently document that he/she was concerned with legal tasks (e.g. confirmations or letters of reference).
• Recognition of courses abroad (e.g. ERASMUS/SOKRATES), provided that they correspond to the courses listed under „Subjects” in content and scope.