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Professors and Teachers

The teachers in the M.C.B.L. program at the University of Mannheim are both university professors and practitioners such as lawyers, judges, and managers from renowned companies.

  • Dr. Simon Apel

    Dr. Simon Apel studied Law at the University of Bayreuth. He then pursued graduate studies there on a scholarship from the German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) in the Research Training Group “Intellectual Property and the Public Domain”, receiving a doctoral degree for his thesis on copyright law involving extensive comparisons to US law. In his subsequent attorney training clerkships in Frankfurt am Main, he worked at the Chamber for Intellectual Property and Media Law of the Regional Court of Frankfurt and in the Frankfurt-based IP/IT teams of two international corporate law firms. Since 2012, Dr. Simon Apel has practiced as a lawyer, advising national and international businesses on questions of intellectual property law, IT-related law, and data protection law. He advises clients both in litigation and out of court, primarily on questions of copyright law, software projects, and unfair competition law, with a specialty practice in the field of improper product imitation. Dr. Simon Apel regularly publishes articles on copyright law, unfair competition law, and trademark law in respected scholarly journals. He is a co-editor of the “Biographical Handbook of Intellectual Property” ("Biographisches Handbuch des Geistigen Eigentums”) and teaches copyright law at the University of Mannheim.

  • Prof. Albrecht Bach

    Prof. Dr. Albrecht Bach studied Law in Tübingen and Aix-en-Provence (France). From 1986 until 1990 he was a research assistant of Prof. Möschel (Chair of Geman Civil Law, Trade and Business Law) and he completed his doctorate in 1991. He was admitted to the bar association in 1989 and is a practicing lawyer at the law firm OPPENLÄNDER Rechtsanwälte in Stuttgart, focusing on competition law, merger control, and compliance programs. He is a member of the International Bar Association (Section on Business Law). Prof. Bach is a teacher and a honorary professor at the University of Mannheim.    

    European Competition Law

    In his class, Prof. Bach will enable his students to gain a basic understanding of how competition law affects business decisions.

  • Prof. Oliver Brand

    Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand, LL.M. (Cambridge) studied Law at the Universities of Münster and Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Political Science at the University of Münster. He obtained his doctorate in international law of interest and usury at the University of Münster, where he also conducted research for his professorial thesis on compulsory licensing. Currently, he holds the Chair of Private Law, Insurance Law, Business Law and Comparative Law at the University of Mannheim and is the director of the Mannheim Institute of Insurance Sciences.

    Comparative Law I - European Legal Traditions
    Comparative Law II - The Common/Civil Law Divide

    In his class, Prof. Oliver Brand will introduce you to the history, methods, uses, and fallacies of comparative legal reasoning as well as to important legal traditions.

  • Prof. Miriam Buiten

    Prof. Dr. Miriam Buiten is assistant professor for Law and Economics at the University of Mannheim. She studied Economics and Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Hamburg and the University of Bologna. She holds an LL.M. (cum laude) in International and European Law, as well as an M.Sc. (with distinction) in Law and Economics. Prof. Buiten obtained her PhD in Law and Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam within an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program. Her areas of interest include Law and Technology & Digitalization, Competition Law and European Law.

    Law & Economics
    Law & Economics of Regulation in Evolving Markets

    In her classes, Prof. Miriam Buiten will provide you with a sound understanding of the economic rationales for laws and regulation as well as their economic consequences.

  • Prof. Hans-Joachim Cremer

    Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Cremer has held the Chair of Public Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Mannheim since 2000, where he had also studied Law from 1981 to 1986. After taking his first (1986) and second (1990) state examination, he worked as a senior research assistant to Prof. Helmut Steinberger, a former Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court, at Heidelberg University. It was there that he earned his doctorate summa cum laude, winning the Heidelberg University’s Ruprecht Karl's Award in 1995 with his thesis on legal protection against trans-border effects of expulsion and deportation. In 1999, he completed his habilitation. His post-doctoral thesis investigates the methodology of constitutional interpretation. He has gained teaching experience abroad as a visiting scholar at the Institute of Global Law of the University College London, at the University of Connecticut School of Law, at the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, and at the University of Adelaide Law School.

    European Union Law - Institutional Aspects
    International Organizations: Legal Sources, Actors, and Means of Influence

    In his classes, Prof. Cremer will provide you with insights into the institutional aspects of EU law and into the law of international organizations.

  • Dr. Vanessa Duss Jacobi

    Dr. Vanessa Duss Jacobi, advocate, studied Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich. She obtained her PhD in 2009 with her thesis on interdependencies between jurisprudence and private law codification in Switzerland in the field of legal theory and legal history. In 2010, she obtained the Swiss state law attorney’s license. She has been a postdoctoral assistant since 2009 and, until 2015, also gave lectures on the fundamentals of law (legal history, legal theory, legal sociology, legal philosophy, and methodology of law) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne. From 2009 to 2012, she coordinated the interdisciplinary postgraduate program “TeNOR – Text and Normativity”. From 2012 to 2013, she was the coordinator of the Competence Center in Research (CCR) of the University of Lucerne on Text and Normativity and managed the University of Lucerne’s grant application at the Swiss National Science Foundation for a National Competence Center of Research in that field. From 2013 to 2014, she was trained in research management and obtained the CAS certificate of the University of Bern. From 2014 till the end of 2017, she worked as a project manager for the development of a research information system at the University of Lucerne. Since 2018, she has worked as a lawyer in a law firm in Zurich. She has taught at the Universities of Lucerne, Stockholm, Frankfurt a.M., and Tartu, and has been teaching the course “European Legal Thinking: Meet Savigny and His Peers” at the University of Mannheim since 2014.

    European Legal Thinking: Meet Savigny and His Peers

    In her class, Dr. Vanessa Duss Jacobi will acquaint you with selected European legal scholars whose works influenced the debate on what law is or ought to be and thereby provide access to methodologies and concepts that have shaped our understanding of law.

  • Prof. Thomas Fetzer

    Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer, LL.M. (Vanderbilt) is a professor of law at the Department of Law at the University of Mannheim, Germany, where he holds the Chair of Public Law, Regulatory Law and Tax Law. Moreover, he is an academic co-director of MaCCI (Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation) and an academic co-director of MaTax (Mannheim Taxation Science Campus). In addition, he is an adjunct professor of law at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an adjunct professor at the MBS (Mannheim Business School). He has been a guest lecturer at the Vanderbilt University Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His fields of expertise are telecommunications law, media law, European competition law, and European tax law.

    European Tax Law

    In his class, Prof. Thomas Fetzer will provide you with a basic understanding of the European tax law system. Students will learn how European law both influences and limits national taxation.

  • Prof. Philipp S. Fischinger

    Prof. Dr. Philipp Fischinger, LL.M. (Harvard) studied Law at the University of Regensburg (2000-2005), where he also obtained his doctorate at the chair of Prof. em. Reinhard Richardi. After taking his second state examination, he spent 1 ½ years at Harvard Law School, where he took part in an LL.M. program and conducted research. Between 2010 and 2014, he completed his habilitation at the chair of Prof. Martin Löhnig at the University of Regensburg. He has held the Chair of Private Law, Labor Law, Commercial Law and Economic Law at the University of Mannheim since 2014.

    International Labor Law

    In his class, Prof. Fischinger offers the opportunity to take a comparative view on various employment and labor law issues that cover a wide range of subject matters. The course focuses on five different legal systems: Germany, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the USA.

  • Prof. Jens-Uwe Franck

    Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Franck, LL.M. (Yale) studied Law at the University of Halle and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He earned an additional law degree, an LL.M., from Yale Law School as well as a doctoral degree, Dr. iur., from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Jens-Uwe Franck has clerked at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for Judge Egils Levits and has worked for the Advisory Service to the Legal Reform in Beijing in China. Before joining the Department of Law at the University of Mannheim as a professor (ad interim), he held a postdoc position at the University of Munich where he finished his habilitation. As an academic, he has specialized in private law, commercial and competition law, among other things, and has published numerous articles in these fields.

    European Market Freedoms

    In Prof. Jens-Uwe Franck's class, students will gain in-depth insights into the substantive provisions on the internal market as well as on their link to competition law.

  • Prof. Friedemann Kainer

    Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kainer studied Law at the University of Heidelberg, where he worked as an assistant professor before joining the University of Mannheim as a full professor in 2012. He has held the Chair of Private Law, German and European Business and Labor Law at the University of Mannheim since 2012. His areas of interest include the law of the internal market and European labor law. Friedemann is a member of the European Community Studies Association. He has taught European Union Law in various Eastern European countries and is currently teaching at the German Law School in Cracow.

    Introduction to European Business Law

    In his classes, Prof. Friedemann Kainer aims to provide you with a basic understanding of European business law, especially in the context of the internal market. Students will also gain a strong background in the international legal framework related to employment issues.

  • Dr. David Kleimann

    Dr. Kleimann currently conducts post-doctoral research on the strategic potential of EU external economic policy for the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute (EUI) and serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Society for International Economic Law (SIEL). He holds a PhD in European, International, and Comparative Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (Thesis: ‘The Transformation of EU External Economic Governance’). He was initially educated in law, economics, and political science at Erfurt University in Germany and later awarded a 1st of Class Master’s degree in international trade law and economics (MILE) by the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Berne, Switzerland. In the past, Dr. Kleimann has served as an advisor to the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee for International Trade (INTA). Moreover, he has acted as a consultant to the Commission funded EU – China Trade Project as well as the World Bank’s International Trade Department. In 2009/10 he coordinated the trade policy project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ Brussels office. His work has been published by, inter alia, Cambridge University Press, the Journal of World Trade and Legal Issues of Economic Integration. His comments on EU and international trade law and policy issues have featured in a wide range of international and national media, including the New York Times, the Economist, Politico Europe, and the Handelsblatt.

    Introduction to International Business Law

    The course aims at providing students with an integrated and thorough understanding of the core principles, concepts, and sources of WTO law. Moreover, the course seeks to familiarize students with the economic rationales for the regulation of international commerce and its potential to remedy both market and governance failures by providing international public goods.

  • Prof. Markus Köhler

    Prof. Dr. Markus Köhler studied Law in Mannheim and wrote his doctoral thesis on German and cross-border TV advertising. In his daily practice as an equity partner at the Stuttgart-based law firm OPPENLÄNDER Rechtsanwälte, he focuses on IP and unfair competition law on the one hand and infrastructure law, especially network pricing issues, on the other. He is the author of various articles on IP and energy matters and the co-author of Köhler/Arndt/Fetzer, Recht des Internet, 7th edition 2012. He has been a teacher at the University of Mannheim since 2000 and is Honorary Professor of Trademark Law, Law of Unfair Competition, and Internet Law. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Board of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Intellectual Property (IZG) and an elected member of the Special Committee for Trademark and Unfair Competition Law in the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR).

    E-Commerce & Internet

    The key issues in Prof. Markus Köhler’s lectures will be e-commerce activities and the establishment of online-shops.

  • Jérôme Kommer

    Jérôme Kommer, LL.M. (Berkeley) is an attorney and counsel at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Mannheim and Munich offices. His expertise covers all aspects of complex patent litigation, including the coordination of international litigation efforts. He represents his clients both in infringement and invalidity proceedings across a range of technologies, including telecommunications, IT, automotive engineering, medical products, and pharmaceuticals. He studied Law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Lund and obtained an LL.M. degree from the University of California in Berkeley.

    Intellectual Property Law – Patents

    The patent law part of the course Intellectual Property Law will introduce students to the basic concepts underlying the protection of technical inventions and the enforcement of patent rights in Germany and other jurisdictions around the world, based on real world examples.

  • Prof. Andreas Maurer

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer, LL.M. (Osgoode) is a junior professor at the University of Mannheim. He studied Law at the University of Frankfurt, Germany and completed his studies with his first state examiation (LL.B. equivalent) in 2003. From 2003 until 2005, Andreas articled at the Oberlandesgericht (Higher Regional Court) Frankfurt, Germany and concluded his articling service with the second state examination (bar exam). He was admitted to the bar of Frankfurt in 2006. In the academic year 2006/2007, Andreas studied at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Canada and obtained his LL.M. degree in 2008. He was also a fellow at the Nathanson Centre for Transnational Crime and Security at York University. After he returned to Germany, Andreas started his PhD studies at the University of Bremen and received his PhD in 2011 with his thesis on the “Lex Maritima”, a transnational maritime law. Andreas has received several scholarships and awards, among them the award for the best PhD thesis in law and social sciences (Bremer Studienpreis) in 2012 and the University of Bremen excellent teacher award (Berninghausen Preis) in 2012. His research focuses on private law, international trade law, transnational law, transport and maritime law, and legal theory.

    International Business Transactions

    The course International Business Transactions will focus on problems related to cross-border trade and scrutinize legal as well as non-legal institutions that help cope with these problems.


  • Dr. Patrick Edward Mears

    Dr. Patrick Edward Mears received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1973 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1976. Before retiring from actively practicing law and moving to Germany in 2014, he was an equity partner of the United States law firm Barnes & Thornburg, LLP and was resident in its Michigan office. There, Dr. Mears was the chairman of the firm’s Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Department from 2006 to 2012. His professional interests mainly lie in distressed real estate, insolvency, workouts and restructurings, commercial finance, securitizations, and creditors’ rights, along with international trade. He has published widely on these issues, especially on questions of international insolvency law, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to the aforementioned areas. Additionally, Dr. Mears is an Elected Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an Elected Member of the American Law Institute, and an Elected Member of the International Insolvency Institute. He presently lives in Heidelberg, Germany with his wife.

    International Trade Law

    In his class, Dr. Patrick Edward Mears will provide you with profound insights into the legal regimes governing international business transactions on the national, European, and global level.

  • Prof. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf

    Prof. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf, LL.M. (Berkeley) studied Law at the Universities of Cologne and Geneva and has earned another law degree at the University of California in Berkeley. She wrote her doctoral thesis on punitive damages and her habilitation thesis on the procedural and institutional aspects regarding the development of European law through the interpretative work of the Court of Justice of the European Union. She worked as a judge at the Düsseldorf district court and has been a teacher at the University of Mannheim since 2002. In her daily work, she focuses on private law, including design patent law, and has published in the field of private international law, comparative law, civil procedure, tort law, European private law.

    European Private Law
    Private International Law

    In her class, Prof. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf will equip you not only with the tools needed to spot issues of private international law in theory, but also with an approach to solving these issues in practice.

  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz

    Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz is Professor of Law at the University of Mannheim, Germany, where he holds a Chair of Public Law, Law of Economic Regulation and Media. Furthermore, he is currently Dean of the School of Law and Economics of the University of Mannheim, Co-Director of the Institute of German, European and International Medicine Law, Health Law and Bioethics (IMGB) of the Universities Heidelberg and Mannheim and a member of the Commission on Concentration in the Media (KEK) in Berlin. His research interests include the areas of information and communication law (in particular media, media concentration and internet), regulatory law (particularly energy and telecommunications) and medical law as well as general constitutional and administrative law.

    European Infrastructure Law

    The course´s objective is to impart a basic understanding of infrastructure regulation under EU Law as well as to provide a deeper insight into the legal characteristics of the sectors energy, telecommunications and media. In this context, the course aims to create awareness for the relevant economic and legal reasons that imply the need for regulation.

  • Dr. Davide Paris

    Dr. Davide Paris was trained in Law at the University of Trento and earned a PhD in Constitutional Law at the University of Milan in 2009. His thesis concerned the right to conscientious objection and won the “Leopoldo Elia” award for the best Italian PhD thesis in constitutional law. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Toulon in 2010 and at the University of Eastern Piedmont from 2012 to 2013. In 2014, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, thanks to a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His research mainly focuses on comparative constitutional law and multi-level fundamental rights protection in Europe.

    EU Fundamental Rights

    The course intends to provide students with a deeper understanding of both the EU system of fundamental rights protection and its relationship with the national and international human rights systems.

  • Dr. Martin Schmidhuber

    Dr. Martin Schmidhuber is an attorney at law and partner at the law firm RITTERSHAUS in Mannheim. He advises clients on issues concerning intellectual property, where he specializes in trademark and labelling law. Having access to a worldwide network of correspondent law firms, he focuses on giving strategic advice on and defending (litigation) trademark portfolios with a national and international orientation in particular. Martin Schmidhuber will take over the trademark-related part of the lecture “Intellectual Property Law”, where he will teach students about the protectability of all kinds of designations as trademark rights as well as the enforcement of such rights.

  • Prof. Lea Tochtermann

    Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann studied Law at the University of Heidelberg as well as the Science Po and Sorbonne Universities in Paris. She has successfully coached student teams for several editions of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which focuses on the legal fields of international commercial arbitration and the CISG. Past stages of her professional career include work for a leading German law firm in the dispute resolution practice as well as at Advocate General Kokott’s office at the Court of Justice of the European Union. In her current research, she focuses on intellectual property law and private international law. Since 2016, she has been Junior Professor of Private Law and European Patent Law at the University of Mannheim.

    Cross Border Litigation & Arbitration

    The course intends to provide an overview on state court law and arbitration as alternative means to resolve disputes and familiarize students with their respective advantages and disadvantages, which are indispensable for an informed choice.

  • Dr. Stefan Zeyher

    Dr. Stefan Zeyher is a partner of Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz. He was admitted to the bar in 2006. In his practice he focuses on representing his clients in litigation and arbitration matters as a counsel; he also has experience as an arbitrator. Furthermore, Dr. Zeyher advises his clients on corporate law, group law, public and private M&A and commercial law. Dr. Zeyher studied at the Universities of Constance, Mannheim (Dr. iur.) and St. Gallen, Switzerland (Executive Master of European and International Business Law). Dr. Zeyher authored publications in the fields of corporate law, M&A, capital markets, civil procedure law and arbitration.

    Introduction to German Private Law

    In his class, Dr. Stefan Zeyher will acquaint you with the overall structure of German private law.

Berina Fischinger-Corbo, M.C.B.L.

Berina Fischinger-Corbo, M.C.B.L.

Program Manager of the Master of Comparative Business Law
University of Mannheim
Department of Law
Schloss Westflügel – Room W 219
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
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