Research centre

The Augsburg Research Centre of European and American Law (AREA) under the direction of Professor Dr. Thomas M.J. Möllers is a centre for the cooperation of American and German academics within a legal context.
Especially in the area of law enforcement, US-American law is ahead of German or national law. Keywords such as "punitive damages" and "deep pocket doctrine" are commonplace in the US legal system and ensure that the law is followed.

Dean Morant


The current Volkswagen scandal clearly shows how interwoven our markets are. Globalization poses the challenge to legal science that despite sometimes considerable differences in the various legal systems, it must be ensured that customers of the same company are not put at a disadvantage by the fact that they are subject to a different legal system that provides less effective law enforcement mechanisms.


Guest professors

The Research Centre is proud of its cooperation with numerous guest professors from the Anglo-American area. Here you will find a list of the various professors and universities with whom we have been in close contact for years.



New publication: Möllers, Auditors report and the German Capital Markets Model Case Act (KapMuG) - legal consequences for EY in the Wirecard scandal


In Volume 19 of the Capital Markets Law Journal (CMLJ) Professor Möllers' article "Auditors report and the German Capital Markets Model Case Act (KapMuG) - legal consequences for EY in the Wirecard scandal" deals with the accounting fraud and ensuing insolvency of Wirecard which have had an enormous impact. Claims from aggrieved investors are now before the courts. As the listed company is insolvent, many claims have instead been lodged against its auditors, EY. Within this framework, the cases should be joined together where possible. Several Regional Courts have rejected the material scope of application of the Capital Markets Model Case Act (KapMuG), but the Third Chamber of the Regional Court of Munich I (LG) has opened proceedings under the Act. This requires the auditors report on the company's annual financial statements to qualify as “public capital market information” pursuant to Section 1(2) of the Act. Because the issue has not yet been discussed, arguments created by legal reasoning must be used to clarify whether claims for damages against the auditors report can be made the establishment objective of proceedings under the Act.

Cover CMLJ, Volume 19, Issue 1, January 2024

MIPLC Graduation Ceremony 2023


On Friday, November 17, the graduates of the 2022/2023 class of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC) received their Master of Laws (LL.M.) as part of the 20th graduation ceremony.
At the same time, the long-standing MIPLC board member, Professor Dr. h.c. Robert F. Brauneis, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Augsburg. (...)


Lecture „Gazing into World Society: A System-Based Approach to Global Governance“


In cooperation with the DAJV in Augsburg, Professor Sungjoon Cho gave a lecture on "Gazing into World Society: A System-Based Approach to Global Governance" on November 7 at 7:00 pm. The lecture dealt with the application of Niklas Luhmann's systems theory to current global developments such as economic decoupling and economic sanctions and was commented on by Dr. Cayle Lupton (University of Johannesburg). This was followed by a panel discussion.
Sungjoon Cho has been a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology) since 2003 and has already negotiated before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as a representative of the government of the Republic of Korea.

sungjoon cho




The Augsburg Summer Program on European and International Economic Law takes place from June 10 to July 19, 2024.


Nowadays, large companies operate on a global scale and must comply with the respective national legal systems. Therefore, basic knowledge is  essential in the field of European data protection law, antitrust law, intellectual property law, as well as corporate and capital markets law.


The University of Augsburg offers the Augsburg Summer Program to international foreign students to join German practicing lawyers and German postgraduate law students for a unique studying experience for a six-week intensive course.


The intention of this Program is to impart knowledge in the basic framework of transnational Economic Law through lectures and examination courses in order to meet the increasing requirements of companies and law firms in this field. All of the lectures and talks will be offered in English. After the successful completion of the program, you will receive a formal certificate.

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