European Private Law (GLS)

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Prof. Chris Thomale

Language: English


Spring semester 2021/2022

The course offers a general introduction to private law as a regulatory tool in Europe. This will include both primary and secondary sources of the European Union as well as common structures of Member State private laws. After a brief survey of the constitution and institutional framework of the EU, we will focus on selected fields of private law regulated at the EU level, such as, notably, civil procedure, the conflict of laws, company law and capital markets law. We will then move on to investigate, how these harmonised areas of the law interact with the multiplicity of substantive private laws in force in the various Member States, notably with their laws of torts in the context of private law enforcement. Eventually, we will study common structures of Member State contract laws within and beyond harmonising EU legislation. By analysing the various levels of European Private Law, we will try and develop a theoretical and political  outlook for the ongoing European regulatory integration process as a whole.

Short Bio

Chris Thomale was born in Münster, Germany, in 1982. He studied law and philosophy in Heidelberg, Cambridge (Clare College) and Geneva. In 2011, he received a PhD at law from the Free University of Berlin with a thesis on the law of unjust enrichment (“Leistung als Freiheit – Erfüllungsautonomie im Bereicherungsrecht”, Mohr Siebeck Publishers 2012). In the same year, he obtained the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law with distinction. He then worked as a Junior Lecturer at the Universities of Mannheim, Freiburg i.Br. and Heidelberg. In 2014, he obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School, Connecticut, graduating first of his class. In 2017, Heidelberg Faculty of law awarded him a venia docendi for Civil Law, Private International Law, Commercial and Company Law, Civil Procedure Law, Philosophy of Law and Comparative Law. After having held a position at the University of Bremen, in 2019, he acceted a call from the University of Vienna, where he is tenured professor of International Company and Business Law. Since 2020, he has also been tenured professor of Comparative Law at the Università Degli Studi Roma Tre. Chris Thomale has held visiting professorships at the UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro), Georgetown School of Law (Washington D.C.), Université Toulouse 1 Capitole and National Taiwan University (Taipei), among others

Michele Sancioni 20 Gennaio 2022