Last modified: May 18, 2016

Guest Speakers



What are „Guest Speakers“?

From time to time Prof. Dr. Augenhofer invites various guest speakers to Berlin to give a lecture in one of Prof. Dr. Augenhofer's taught courses. After the lecture, the participants and the guest speakers, who are generally researchers or practitioners in the relevant field of law, engage in a discussion on the presented topic. Since the winter term of 2011/2012, some of the guest lectures have been held outside Berlin (e.g. during the winter term of 2011/12, the lecture was in Brussels, and during the summer term of 2012, the lecture was at the European University Institute in Florence).


The purpose of the guest lectures

The purpose of inviting guest lecturers is to facilitate the interaction of the participants with European lawyers (researchers and practitioners) and thereby to provide the opportunity to discuss recent developments in European Private Law. The guest lectures also give students the opportunity to learn about the various professions available to lawyers.




Summer Term 2016

Lecture on „Manipulating, Fast and Slow: The Law of Nonverbal Market Manipulations", Tuesday, 17 May 2016

As part of the lecture „European Consumer Law“ Prof. Becher gave an interesting speech about „The Law of Nonverbal-Market Manipulations”. The topic was not only a matter of Law but an interdisciplinary approach also consisting of aspects of Economics and Psychology. How do consumers make decisions? Colours, music and smell are just a few factors that unconsciously affect the consumer’s behaviour. Right now, however, the law is not regulating Nonverbal Market Manipulations (NVMM), but only verbal Market Manipulations like e.g. misleading statements on the product. Prof. Becher stressed his thesis that the law is apt to regulate NVMM and that it in fact should start regulating NVMM. Prof. Becher concluded his very entertaining lecture with the request to start thinking about Nonverbal-Market Manipulations.


Afterwards students were encouraged to ask questions and to comment on the lecture.


Winter term 2014/15


10 Febraury 2015, 15:00


At the end of the current winter term Dr. Maja Murza visited the lecture "European and German Competition Law". Her presentation on vertical restraints of competition in online distribution networks gave exciting insights into the competiton practice. Her lecture lead on to a discussion among the students and Dr. Murza on the competitivness of online and traditional distribution networks. Finally the students were encouraged to speak with her on the implementation of the new EU-directive on cartel damages.

Dr. Maja Murza


1. Lecture and Panel Discussion on "The Future of Consumer Law"

20 October 2014, 12:00 - 15:00


Please register here until 13 October 2014!


2. Workshop for post-graduates and students on "The Future of Consumer Law"

20 October 2014, 10:00 - 11:30


Please send your application to!




Tuesday 2 December 2014, Unter den Linden 6, Room 2002



Summer term 2014

6 June 2014, 14:00 - 19:00



Winter term 2013/14



Summer term 2013



Winter term 2012/2013


Lecture on "Reform des polnischen Zivilgesetzbuchs" (The reform of the Polish Civil Law Code)

12 February 2013, 14:00 - 16:00




Summer term 2012


Lecture on „Vorschlag für ein gemeinsames Europäisches Kaufrecht“ 

(The proposition of a Common European Sales Law),

organised in the context of the lecture on European Consumer Law




Seminar at the European University Institute in Florence on „Antitrust, Unfair Competition, Trademarks: exploring the boundaries“

in cooperation with Prof. G. Monti

23 to 24 May 2012



Winter term 2011/2012


Lecture on „Die Auslegung von Richtlinien und die richtlinienkonforme Auslegung

nationalen Rechts"

(The interpretation of directives and the interpretation of national law in accordance with the directives)

13 February 2012, 14.00 - 16.00




Discussions with representatives of the European Parliament, the European Council, the Permanent Representation of Germany and the European Commission took place in the context of a study trip to Brussels.


Topics: The Optional Instrument "Common European Sales Law", law enforcement and the functioning of the European Institutions. The programme of the study trip may be found here.



Summer term 2011

Lecture on the work of the Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition in Germany,

organised in the context of the lecture on European and German law of unfair competition



Lecture on the Danish law of unfair competition and the Danish Consumer Ombudsman,

organised in the context of the lecture on European and German law of unfair competition



Lecture on the enforcement of air passenger rights in practice,

organised in the context of the lecture on European and German law of unfair competition



Winter term 2010/2011

Seminar on the European Commission's Green Paper on European Contract Law - Options & Consequences



Summer term 2010


Seminar on questions of enforcement in consumer and competition law