0916 Advanced Issues of European Business Law
Dr. Gisela Ernst
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/01/23 to 10/15/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/24/23 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM D2.0.030
Tuesday 10/24/23 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM D2.0.326
Tuesday 10/31/23 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM TC.4.17
Tuesday 11/07/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.3.07
Tuesday 11/07/23 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM TC.0.01
Thursday 11/09/23 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.01
Tuesday 11/14/23 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.0.02
Thursday 11/23/23 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.5.05

This course is aimed at both regular WU students (Bachelor Program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences, English Bachelor Program in Business and Economics) as well as incoming international students. It provides advanced knowledge of some of the core areas of European economic law, including legislative acts of the EU, the development of the internal market (the fundamental freedoms) and international economic law.

PLEASE NOTE: While it is, in principle, possible to attend this course on its own, it builds on and further develops some of the topics discussed in "European Law and Economics", held by Dr. Katrin Forgó (#286 and #836, respectively). For regular WU students, both courses, taken together, form the elective module "European Economic Law" (Wahlfach "Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht") in the Bachelor Program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences and the Specialisation "European and International Economic Law".  As these courses take place consecutively, it is possible to attend both of them in the same term.

What is an elective subject?

Students of the Bachelor Program in Business, Economics and Social Science have to choose out of several "elective subjects" with "European Economic Law" being one of them.

What is a specialization?

Students of the Bachelor Program in Business and Economics (BBE) choose from a variety of specializations in phase 3 of the bachelor’s program. BBE students have to complete specializations totalling 40 ECTS credits. The specialization “European Economic Law” is worth 10 ECTS credits in total (i.e. in order to complete the specialization students must attend the courses “European Law and Economics” and “Advanced Issues of European Business Law”). For further information on how to choose and combine your specializations, please visit the university’s website on specializations.

Learning outcomes

Course participants gain a deeper understanding of EU law in general and of the legal framework for cross-border business activities within the internal market, including the Banking Union, as well as basics of international economic law. 

Attendance requirements

As the course is held in the format of a PI, the attendance of the classes is mandatory. Despite this general rule, missing one class (i.e. 4 hours) is possible without any explanation. Further absences, however, only on an exceptional basis and for serious and stated reasons. Participation in the first class is necessary. If you cannot participate in the first class, it is required to get in touch with the lecturer. 

Teaching/learning method(s)

Lecture with interactive discussions, essays by students, guided self-study of selected textbook chapters.


Student performance will be assessed on the basis of active class participation (30%), presentations (30%) and a final written exam (40%).

Grading scale:
100-85 % (points) = Sehr gut/very good/1
84-75 % (points) = Gut/good/2
74-61 % (points) = Befriedigend/satisfactory/3
60-50 % (points) = Genügend/sufficient/4

<50 % (points) = Nicht genügend/not sufficient/5


Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

This course is aimed at both regular WU students as well as incoming international students.

For students of the Bachelor Program in Business, Economics and Social Sciences, there is no formal knowledge-based admission requirement. However, attention is drawn to the fact that students from both inside and outside the EU usually attend this course and therefore EU-related background knowledge might differ considerably. Particularly students who have not been in touch with "European issues" so far are, therefore, strongly recommended to study  a general introductory textbook on European Law, such as e.g. Anthony Arnull, European Union law: a very short introduction, OUP  2017.

For students of the Bachelor Program in Business and Economics, there are the following admission requirements: Students need to complete 42 ECTS credits of the core courses and 12 ECTS of the introductory courses, before being able to register for this specialization. This will most likely be the case at the end of semester 2 or in semester 3.



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Recommended previous knowledge and skills
Please see above.
Availability of lecturer(s)

Please see above 


For now, we assume that in-person teaching will be possible during summer term 2023. If this will not be the case, the lectures will be held online, via MS-Teams. 

Additional information on MyLEARN.

Unit details
Unit Date Contents

- Introduction
Organizatonal questions
How to: Read and understand judgements of the European Court of Justice

- EU Law:
Fundamentals of EU Law
Legal instruments of the European Union


EU Law:

- The European Single Market

- Free Movement of Goods
Justifications & Exceptions


EU Law:

- Free Movement of workers

- Freedom of establishment and to provide services

- Freedom of capital and payments


International Economic Law

- Introduction to WTO Law

- WTO Legal Instruments

- WTO Agreements on Trade in Goods, Trade in Services and Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

- WTO Dispute Settlement


Further relevant topics of european and international Business Law

Q & A Session

Exam Preparation


Exam & Concluding session

Last edited: 2023-10-05