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The lecturers in the M.C.B.L. program at the University of Mannheim are as well University professors as practitioners like 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 publishes regularly in respected scholarly journals on copyright law, unfair competition law, and trademark law. He is co-editor of the „Biographical Handbook of Intellectual Property“ ("Biographisches Handbuch des Geistigen Eigentums“) and is a lecturer for copyright law at the University of Mannheim.

  • Prof. Dr. Albrecht Bach

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

    European Competition Law

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

  • Dr. Andreas Blüthner

    Dr. Andreas Blüthner has studied law at the University of Mannheim where he also obtained his doctorate. He is currently the Director Food-Fortification & Partnerships at BASF SE, but has held various positions at BASF SE and its predecessor BASF AG, including the posts of Global Coordinator of the Micronutrient Initiative, International Law Advisor and Trade Law Advisor. He has also coordinated the 10 Year Strategy for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as been involved with numerous projects concerning health and nutrition matters in the context of international organizations and institutions. He has been a lecturer at the University of Mannheim since 2003.

    Introduction to International Business Law

    In his class Dr. Andreas Blüthner will teach you the basic legal knowledge in International Business Law as well as acquaint you with the economic, legal, political and cultural dimensions of international business transactions and the institutional interactions involved.

  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand, LL.M. (Cambridge)

    Prof. Dr. Oliver Brand, LL.M. (Cambridge) has studied law at the Universities of Münster and Cambridge (United Kingdom) and political science at the University of Münster. He obtained his doctorate on the international law of interest and usury at the University of Münster, where he also conducted the research for his professorial thesis on compulsory licensing. He is currently a professor of Private Law, Insurance Law, Business Law and Comparative Law at the University of Mannheim and the director of the Mannheim Institute of Insurance.

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

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

  • Prof. Dr. Miriam Buiten

    Prof. Dr. Miriam Buiten is associate 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, for which she received a VSB Foundation scholarship. Miriam obtained her PhD in Law and Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam within an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program. She gave lectures in various courses, including Competition Law and Economics and Comparative Law and Economics. Her past professional experience includes working for a leading Dutch law firm in the competition law and litigation practices, and at the European Commission in the Directorate General Competition. Her areas of interest include Law and Economics, European integration, internal market law, competition law and intellectual property law.

    Law & Economics
    Law & Economics of Regulation in Evolving Markets

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

  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Cremer

    Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Cremer has been a professor of Public Law and Philosophy of Law at the University of Mannheim since 2000, where he had also studied law from 1981 to 1986. After his first (1986) and second (1990) state examinations he worked as a senior research assistant to Prof. Dr. Helmut Steinberger, a former Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court, at the University of Heidelberg. It was there that he earned his doctorate summa cum laude, winning the University of Heidelberg’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 professor 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 lectures Prof. Dr. Cremer will give you insight into the institutional aspects of European Union Law and into the Law of International Organizations.

  • Dr. Vanessa Duss Jacobi

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

    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 methodology and concepts that have coined our understanding of law.

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (University of Chicago)

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (University of Chicago) received his first law degree from the University of Tübingen in 1997, his LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago in 2000 and his doctorate from the University of Munich in 2003. He has been a professor of Private Law, German and European Business Law and Business Tax Law at the University of Mannheim since 2010. His research interests lie in corporation and financial markets law as well as business taxation, all with a special emphasis on economic and empirical perspectives. He has – among other topics – written extensively on corporate finance law, European corporation law, investment fund regulation and law and social norms.

    Corporate Governance II

    In his classes, Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (University of Chicago) aims to give you an understanding of how economic concepts influence legal issues, both in relation to ‘traditional’ legal areas like property law and contract law and in relation to corporate governance.

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer, LL.M. (Vanderbilt)

    Prof. Dr. Thomas Fetzer LL.M. (Vanderbilt) is Professor of Law at the University of Mannheim Law School, Germany, where he holds a Chair of Public Economic Law, Regulation and Taxation. Moreover, he is academic Co-Director of MaCCI (Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation), and academic Co-Director at MaTax (MannheimTaxation Science Campus). In addition, he is Adjunct Professor of Law at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Adjunct Professor at the MBS (Mannheim Business School). Moreover, he is currently Head of the Law Department at the University of Mannheim as well as Vice-Dean of the School of Law and Economics. 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. Dr. Thomas Fetzer, LL.M. (Vanderbilt) will provide a basic understanding of the system of European Tax Law. The students will learn how European Law influences as well as limits national taxation.

  • Prof. Dr. Philipp S. Fischinger, LL.M. (Harvard)

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

    International Labor Law

    In his class Prof. Dr. 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. Dr. Jens-Uwe Franck, LL.M. (Yale)

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

    European Market Freedoms

    In his class Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Franck, LL.M. (Yale) will give you a thorough grounding in the substantive provisions on the internal market as well as on their link to competition law.

  • Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kainer

    Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kainer has 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 for German and European Private, Business and Labour law at the University of Mannheim since 2012. His areas of interest include the Law of the Internal Market and European Labour 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. Dr. Friedemann Kainer aims to provide you with a basic understanding of European Business Law, especially in the context of the Internal Market. He will also give you a strong background in the international legal framework related to employment issues.

  • Prof. Dr. Markus Köhler

    Prof. Dr. Markus Köhler has studied law in Mannheim and has written his doctoral thesis on German and cross boarder 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 one hand and infrastructure law, especially net pricing issues on the other hand. 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 lecturer at the University of Mannheim since 2000 and is a honorary professor for internet law, unfair competition law and trademark 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. Dr. Markus Köhler’s lectures will be e-commerce activities and the establishment of online-shops.

  • Jérôme Kommer, LL.M. (Berkeley)

    Jérôme Kommer is attorney and Counsel in 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. from the University of California in Berkeley.

    Intellectual Property Law – Patents

    The patent law part of the course Intellectual Property Law will introduce the 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. Dr. Andreas Maurer, LL.M. (Osgoode)

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Maurer, LL.M. (Osgoode) is associate professor at the University of Mannheim. He studied Law at the University of Frankfurt, Germany and completed his studies with his first state exam (LL.B. equivalent) in 2003. From 2003 until 2005 Andreas articled at the Oberlandes­gericht (Higher Regional Court) Frankfurt, Germany and finished his articling service with the second state exam (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. in 2008. He also was fellow at the Nathanson Centre for transnational Crime and Security at York University. After he returned to Germany, Andreas started his Ph.D. studies at the University of Bremen and received the Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 to cope with these problems.


  • Dr. Patrick Edward Mears

    Dr. Patrick Edward Mears received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Michigan in1973 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1976. Before retiring from the active practice of law and moving to Germany in 2014, he was an equity partner in the United States law firm of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP and was resident in its Michigan office.There, Dr. Mears was Chairperson of the firm’s Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Departmentfrom 2006 to 2012. His professional interests lie mainly in distressed real estate, insolvency,workouts and restructurings, commercial finance, securitizations and creditors’ rights, along withinternational 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 InternationalInsolvency Institute. He presently resides with his wife in Heidelberg, Germany.

    International Trade Law

    In his class, Dr. Patrick Edward Mears will provide you with a profound insight into the legal regimes governing International Business Transactions on the national, European and global level.

  • Prof. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf, LL.M. (Berkeley)

    Prof. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf, LL.M. (Berkeley) has studied law at the Universities of Cologne and Geneva and has earned another law degree at the University of California in Berkeley. She has written her doctoral thesis on punitive damages and her habilitation thesis on the procedural and institutional aspects development of European law through the interpretative work of the Court of Justice of th European Union. She currently works as a judge at the Düsseldorf district court and has been a lecturer at the University of Mannheim since 2002.  In her daily practice 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 Priv.-Doz. Dr. Juliana Mörsdorf, LL.M. (Berkeley) will equip you not only with what is needed to spot issues of Private International Law in theory but also with an approach to solving these issues in practice.

  • Dr. Davide Paris

    Dr. Davide Paris was educated 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 was awarded the “Leopoldo Elia” price for the best Italian PhD thesis in constitutional law. He was 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 of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His research focuses mainly 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 relations­hips with the national and international human rights systems.

  • Dr. Martin Schmidhuber

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

  • Katharina Steinbrück, LL.M. (U.C. Lan)

    Katharina Steinbrück, LL.M. (U.C. Lan) is an attorney and partner in the Frankfurt Office of the law firm Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz. She specializes in labor law. In her legal practice, Katharina Steinbrück mainly advises corporate clients on labor law matters and on social security law. Within the range of professional tasks these subjects cover, she has a focus on collective labor law, restructuring, and manager liability issues. In addition to her education in Germany, where she obtained her law degrees, Katharina Steinbrück has studied labor law in France and in the United Kingdom, where she completed an LL.M program. She is also a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in France.

    International Labor Law

    In this class, which she teaches jointly with Prof. Dr. Fischinger, Katharina Steinbrück will introduce the international set of rules that govern labor law relations and the basic principles of German collective labor law in comparison with other systems (namely, those of France, Great Britain, the United States of America, and Japan).

  • Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann

    Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann has 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 is associate professor at the chair for Private Law, Intellectual Property Law and German & European Civil Procedure of Prof. Dr. Mary-Rose McGuire at the University of Mannheim.

    Cross Border Litigation & Arbitration

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

  • Dr. Stefan Zeyher

    Dr. Stefan Zeyher is an attorney at law in the Mannheim office of Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz, he was admitted to the bar in 2006. In his practice he mainly advises and represents German and international clients in litigation and arbitration matters as a counsel; he also has experience as an arbitrator and a secretary to arbitral tribunals. Furthermore, Dr. Zeyher advises German and international 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). He attended the Harvard Negotiation Institutes Summer Programs. Dr. Zeyher authored publications in the fields of corporate, M&A, capital markets and civil procedure law. He also lectures European law at the Mannheim Business School and is a member of the German Institution of Arbitration, the Academic Corporate Law Association and the Academic Banking Law Association.

    Introduction to German Private Law

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

Meta Geisbüsch, LL.M.

Meta Geisbüsch, LL.M.

Program Coordinator of the Master of Comparative Business Law
Universität Mannheim
Abteilung Rechts­wissenschaft
Schloss Westflügel
– Raum W 219
68161 Mannheim
Tel.: +49 621 181-1321
Tuesday from 10 till 12 and by arrangement