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New Minor Comparative Economic Law: Operating Internationally

2021-05-31 The English-language study programme covers the basics of private and public economic law and provides students with a fundamental knowledge of European and international legal systems in almost every profession.

Axel Halfmeier, Professor of Civil Law, Comparative Law and International Private and Procedural Law, is responsible for the new minor "Comparative Economic Law". ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Axel Halfmeier, Professor of Civil Law, Comparative Law and International Private and Procedural Law, is responsible for the new minor "Comparative Economic Law".

"Nowadays it is hard to find companies that do not operate internationally. Anyone, therefore, who only teaches knowledge of German law (BGB) is missing out on reality", says Dr. Axel Halfmeier. The professor of civil law, comparative law and international private and procedural law is responsible for the new minor "Comparative Economic Law". The programme covers the basics of private and public economic law at the national and supranational level as well as fundamental knowledge of international law. "Students of business administration and economics, for example, can use legal knowledge and communication skills to gain a competitive advantage in the business labour market. Corporate groups are often Anglo-American dominated, and contracts are usually written in English. That is why a profound instruction in English legal terminology plays a decisive role in the Comparative Economic Law programme", explains Axel Halfmeier.

The minor can be combined with almost all Bachelor's degree major programmes at Leuphana College - not only with economics or law to sharpen their disciplinary profile: "There is legal regulation everywhere. Law affects all areas of life", explains Axel Halfmeier. Accordingly, the programme is professionally relevant for almost all major programmes from Digital Media to Cultural Studies to Environmental Sciences, because these areas are also affected by international law: "The Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive (FFH) on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora is a nature conservation directive of the European Union. In addition, there are international topics such as copyright, the protection of which is currently being strongly discussed, or the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which reaches into people's everyday lives", explains the lawyer.

Prospective students can apply until 15 July for the minor "Comparative Economic Law" in conjunction with a major programme.

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  • Prof. Dr. Axel Halfmeier