Pressemitteilung 66/21 - 22.06.2021

Quo Vadis, Internal Market: Civil and Commercial Law under the Influence of European Law

The Centre for European Legal Studies celebrates its 30th anniversary

Augsburg/MH - The Centre for European Legal Studies (CELOS) was founded 30 years ago at the University of Augsburg. It focuses on civil and commercial law under the influence of European harmonization of legislation. On the occasion of its foundation on 24 July, CELOS celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The Centre for European Legal Studies (CELOS), which was officially established at the University of Augsburg on 24 June 1991, aims to support the integration of the member states in the EU. Differences in legal traditions lead to sometimes massive changes in European Civil and Commercial law. These can either lead to dynamic developments but also to conflicts with national laws. On top of that, the activities of CELOS also focus on comparative law issues of non-European countries, especially Turkey, the United States, South Africa and the People’s Republic of China.

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About 30 researchers as well asthree research units at the University of Augsburg collaborate in various compositions with CELOS and its members. The research focuses on the following aspects of European law:

  • Legal methodology and legal history as foundations of law,
  • Consumer law, digitalisation law, data protection law,
  • labour law, discrimination law,
  • capital markets law, company law, bankruptcy law and anti-trust law.

Its research work includes active exchange with colleagues from European member states such as Poland (Kraków, Poznań, Warsaw), France (Lyon) and Italy (Palermo). In particular, this includes classes, student seminars, guest lectures, visiting professorships as well as numerous conferences involving colleagues from overseas with relevant publications. The members of CELOS publish scientific papers, hold specialist presentations, participate in professional conferences and share their knowledge online (database and podcasts). In recent years, they have increasingly addressed an interested non-specialist audience with European topics. In doing so, they have been collaborating with the European Department of the City of Augsburg.

Furthermore, the Centre has extensive scientific contacts outside of the EU, e. g. with Turkey (Istanbul, Ankara), the United States (Pepperdine, Pittsburgh, Washington, North Carolina, Chicago, Santa Clara), South Africa (Johannesburg) and the People’s Republic of China (Beijing, Shanghai).

During the past couple of decades, CELOS has been particularly supported by two Jean Monnet chairs and a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Law Enforcement in European Economic Law (INspiRE). While the chairs were characterised by the research and teaching quality of Professor Möllers, the Centre of Excellence focussed on supporting law enforcement from a comparative law perspective regarding consumer law, capital markets law and competition law. One research project took the Volkswagen diesel scandal as an opportunity to study the effectiveness of legal sanctions using comparative law. One European economic law legal database (www.caplaw.eu) systematically compiled the numerous European legal sources and, for decades, remained a highly popular online resource for anyone searching for legal information. Another project deals with the influence of German law on the new Chinese civil code. It shall be analysed how the Augsburger Neue Layenspiegel (the Augsburg New Layman’s Guide) from the year 1511 influenced Europen legal traditions.

However, CELOS has also contributed its expertise to the studies at the Faculty of Law. In 1991 Professor Basedow began his annual six-week long course entitled “Referendarstage für Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht” (Course for trainees in the field of European economic law) in order to purposefully prepare trainee lawyers for their second state examination for the first time. In collaboration with Professor Behr, Professor Möllers continued the program, extending it in 2001 to a summer school organised exclusively in English with up to 60 foreign students. In return, 20 students can spend one semester studying at a university in the United States (free of charge). This exchange has already raised third-party funds of appr. 800,000 euros and saved the students over seven million euros in student fees. “Since German students are also allowed to particulate in the courses, this results in a unique teaching experience involving a comparative examination of continental working method with law books and the Anglo-American judicial precedents. This is what constitutes the unique selling point of Germany’s oldest summer school,” Mr. Möllers explains Augsburger’s flagship project.

In order to be able to maintain and expand the information and research opportunities in the field of European, international and foreign law, CELOS supports the purchase of books for the university library.

On the occasion of CELOS’ 30th anniversary celebrations, its members will be presenting workshop discussions within the EU talks. This event is the result of a collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the University of Augsburg with the City of Augsburg. On Thursday, 24 June 2021, this will be held online from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is geared toward the general public.

Livestreaming the event:
You can log in by clicking on the following link from 5:50 pm. No need to RSVP in advance. https://uni- augsburg.zoom.us/j/91729568910?pwd=VEtHZmd3UmQ5bGhxSWl1UmFOWHRlUT09

Further information: CELOS homepage

Anspechpartner

Chair for Civil Law, Commercial Law, European Law, International Private Law and Comparative Law
Faculty of Law
  • Phone: +49 (0)821 598-4515
  • Email:
  • Room 1026 (Building H)

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