The joint-degree "“Master of Comparative Law (Mannheim / Adelaide)"” is a one-year program at Master's level. The first semester (from September to December) take place in Mannheim and the second semester (from February to June) in Adelaide. By end of July the students have to submit their Master's thesis.

Each semester is structured in three modules:

Semester 1
Compulsory Module:
Comparative Law

Intensive Module (students select one of the following modules):
1. International Business Transactions
2. European Law
3. International Law and Human Rights in Econmic, Political and Comparative Contexts

Elective Module (students select two of the following courses):
- Intellectual Property Rights
- International Business & Finance Transactions
- International Economic Law
- Private International Law
- International Environmental Law
- International Criminal Law
- Introduction to German Civil Law
- European Private International Law
- E.C. Competition Law
- European Market Freedoms
- Human Rights, Problems and Process
- International Law and International Organizations
- International Environmental Law

Semester 2
Compulsory Module:
Comparative Law

Intensive Module (students select one of the following modules):
1. International and European Law
2. International Law in Economic, Political and Comparative Contexts
3. International Business Transactions

Elective Module (students select one of the following courses):
- Principles of Australian Law
- Business Taxation & GST
- Private International Law
- Contractual Relations
- Mining and Energy Law
- Income Taxation
- Personal Property and Security Law
- Government Business & Regulation
- International Commercial Arbitration
- International Franchising Law
- International Trade Transaction and the Law
- Transnational Crime and Terrorism

The M.C.L. program has been successfully taught since 1998, originally with a focus on Public International Law and Human Rights. In recent years, the program has been extended to include International Business & Finance Transactions and a range of other business law-related courses. Today, the program offers the whole range of comparative law of the public and private sector.

The M.C.L. program is unique in that it gives its students the opportunity of studying law from a comparative perspective at a German and at an Australian university. By this, the students gain first-hand experience of the different approaches to problem-solving and legal thinking adopted by a classic European legislation on the one hand and by a Common-Law country on the other.

Due to the so-called “Bologna process”, legal studies that entitle you to become a judge or a lawyer in continental Europe will be generally concluded with a LL.M. degree in the near future. This shift in policy will result in huge numbers of LL.M. graduates. Therefore, by awarding the M.C.L. degree, we give our graduates an edge over those of an LL.M. program. 

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