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.


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.


Publication: Enforcing Consumer and Capital Markets Law – The Diesel Emissions Scandal


This book critically analyses the various approaches of public and private law enforcement and their effectiveness across several jurisdictions on the example of one topical and global collective damage event with far reaching consequences for both, consumers and investors: the Dieselgate. (...)

Praise for Augsburg students in Santa Clara Exchange Program


The Augsburg students Johanna Saelze and Felix Welzmüller who spent their fall 2019 semester at Santa Clara Law School received praise by the Santa Clara Law Faculty for their pro bono representation of a Honduran asylum seeker before the Board of Immigration Appeals (...).

New article "Market Manipulation Through Short Selling Attacks and Misleading Financial Analyses"


These days Germany's listed companies have a high risk to become victims of short selling attacks by misleading financial analyses. Companies and supervision have so far had little to counter that. The article deals with deficits in the area of standardisation and enforcement of law and approaches solutions. It has been published in "The International Lawyer", a triannual publication of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law in cooperation with SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas.




This year's Summer Program has been cancelled. The current situation with SARS-CoV-2 makes it impossible to carry out the program as planned.The Augsburg Summer Program has been running for more than 15 years in a row now, which is why we feel very sorry that this is the first year we will not be able to welcome students and guest professors from all over the world.


contact information

Chair for Civil Law, Commercial Law, European Law, International Private Law and Comparative Law
Faculty of Law

Secretary's office

Phone: +49 (0)821 598-4516


Room: 1026 (H)

Office hours: upon consultation




Universitätsstraße 24,

86159 Augsburg