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EBS Law Term

Transnational Commercial Law

Focus in 2017

After the highly successful programmes on Transnational Commercial Law in the years of 2013 to 2016, EBS Law Term 2017 will continue to focus on this most fascinating and challenging area of international business law.

Transnational Commercial Law (TCL) deals with the growing body of internationally unified or harmonized law in areas of particularly high relevance to international commerce, such as the united nations Cenvention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards or the most recently enacted UNIDROIT Convention of Cape Town on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocols on Railway Rolling Stock or Space Assets such as satellites but also the framework of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the World Intellectual Property organisation (WIPO) as well as the dispute resolution mechanisms for investor-state relations as organised by the international Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). In particular, the European Union has enacted a large body unified law for building the European internal market. Thus, certain areas of European commercial law will be studied such as e.g. securities law, foreign trade law, banking and financial regulatory law, antitrust law, intellectual property law or International civil litigation, always with a view to the question whether the regional instruments of harmonized EU law may serve as an example for other regional integration communities in the world or even as global instruments of truly transnational commercial law.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide students with an overview of the most important concepts, methods and general problems of transnational commercial law as well as an introduction to a Selection of important instruments of transnational commercial law.

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Thirteen weeks from 20th September to 20th December 2017 (Induction Day: 20th September)


EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany

EBS Law Term takes place at the modern EBS Law School campus in Wiesbaden.

Wiesbaden, the capital of the Federal State of Hesse, is situated just 30 minutes from Germany’s bustling business centre, Frankfurt.

Conveniently loacted minutes from Wiesbaden Central Station and a short walk from Wiesbaden city centre, EBS Law School has easy access to everything you need for an enjoyable stay at EBS Law Term.

Academic Programme

EBS Law Term 2017 will focus on Transnational Commercial Law (TCL). TCL deals with the growing body of internationally unified or harmonized law in areas of particularly high relevance to international commerce. Some of the instruments of transnational commercial law, such as the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards, are extremely successful in global business. Others are pioneer instruments with promising perspectives such as the UNIDROIT Convention of Cape Town on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Protocols on Railway Rolling Stock or Space Assets such as satellites. From a methodical viewpoint, TCL raises the intriguing question of comparative law as to why some instruments are so successful and what can be learned from them for designing other instruments. In addition, creating TCL instruments requires specific negotiation skills and high-level diplomacy in order to get states to say “yes” to a new instrument.

Curriculum/Teaching Staff

Courses are taught by top-level law professors and legal practitioners, all working with a particular focus on transnational commercial law. The programme is comprised of a mixture of compulsory courses and electives that form part of five modules.

Due to the involvement of leading law professionals, EBS Law Term courses are often taught in blocks. A specific course is divided into several sessions and each session typically lasts between 2 to 4 hours (including breaks).


Students will be able to earn European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. In order to receive the EBS Law School Certificate for successful participation in EBS Law Term 2017 on Transnational Commercial Law, students must successfully participate in Module 1 and a minimum of four electives from Module 2, totalling 21 ECTS credits. Students may choose to earn up to 33 ECTS credits out of the entire EBS Law Term consisting of 48 ECTS credits. 2 ECTS credits equal 1 ABA credit.

As credit transfer is the responsibility of the EBS partner institution, students attending EBS Law Term should establish the minimum workload required by their home universities prior to the programme.


Upon successful completion of the course programme, participants receive a certificate of participation. Credit transfer lies within the discretion of the EBS partner institution. Students are advised to contact their study abroad advisor.

Language and other requirements

All courses are held in English. Students must have a minimum score of at least 90 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  • TOEFL: Minimum of 90 ibt

  • IELTS: 6.5

  • TOEIC: 721

  • ESOL: CAE grade A, B, C

Applicants should have completed at least one-and-a half-years on a full-time undergraduate law programme or at least one year at a graduate law school by the time the programme begins.


To apply for the EBS Law Term from September to December the following three steps are required.

Please note that admission for spring term studies is only possible if the student is a native speaker in German or has reached a minimum level of German of C1 of CEFR as spring term students can only take classes taught in German.

Step 1:

The exchange coordinator of the home university nominates exchange students through an online nomination system.

Step 2:

Nominated exchange students receive an email from EBS International Programmes Office with details on the online application procedure.

Please note that it may take 2-3 work days for EBS to process the nominations and mail out the login details to your students.

Step 3:

Students upload the following supporting documents into the application system:

  • Current CV or resume
  • A copy of all university degrees/grade transcripts
  • Proof of health insurance or copy of European Health Insurance Card valid for the entire stay at EBS
  • Document “Declaration of Accession” to the EBS student body (available in download section of application system; please print, complete, sign and scan)
  • Copy of ID document: For EU-students: national ID card; For Non-EU-students: passport (photo and data page; needs to be valid for the entire stay in Germany!)
  • For non-native speakers of English: 90 points TOEFL ibt or equivalent

Important note:

EBS can only issue your letter of acceptance after receiving a student’s complete application before the application deadline!

Complete applications must reach EBS by the following deadlines:

Nomination Deadline: 15th April

Application Deadline: 1st May

A few days after your arrival you will receive your EBS student ID card and your semester ticket for public transport in the area (costs during 2014/2015: 76,57 EUR per term for unlimited travel in the RMV-region).

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Private housing in Wiesbaden - Support will be offered. For further information please contact the Housing Office (housing@ebs.edu).

Visits and Social activities

The programme includes study trips and site visits to various places of interest. Among them, the Institutions of the European Union, such as the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

Students are invited to participate in organized social activities:

  • Regular get-togethers with law students from the EBS as part of the EBS Law School Buddy Programme.

  • Cultural excursions to top sights in the local area

  • Sightseeing in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden

  • Welcome & farewell events

Rita Broschek

International Programmes Coordinator

Law School

+49 611 7102 1568
+49 611 7102 10 1568
Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 3
65189 Wiesbaden
Matthias Weller

Vice Dean EBS Law School

Chair of Civil Law, Comparative Law & Private International Law

Research Center for Transnational Dispute Resolution

+49 611 7102 2217
+49 611 7102 10 2217
Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 3
65189 Wiesbaden
Emanuel V. Towfigh

Chair of Public Law, Empirical Legal Research and Law & Economics

Academic Director Law Term

+49 611 7102 2253
+49 611 7102 10 2253
Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 3
65189 Wiesbaden