Private law

Short Name
Privatrechtliche Grundlag
Module Code
Module Coordinator
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Tilo Keil
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Tilo Keil
Short Description
Basic law governing commercial enterprises
Learning Objectives

Students will be introduce to the basic concepts of law with special reference to the German civil code, law of contracts
and mercantile law. They will also acquire the knowledge and ability to solve practical cases and to master the judicial
technique of subsumption.


- introduction to law and the basic terminology connected with law, separation of powers
- structure of the German civil code, handling cases, subsumption, principle of abstraction, legal subjects and objects
- basic laws governing commercial enterprises (different kinds of traders and commercial businesses, commercial
- declaration of intention, contract, transactions which may be vitiated, representation (including procuration and power to
- condition, time limits and periods of limitation, general terms of business
- notion and development of obligation; obligation to perform, time and place of performance; participation of a third
party; majority of creditors and debtors; assignment of a right, payment of damages (type, scope and calculation), liability
for an agent in the discharge of an obligation, termination of the obligation, interference when fulfilling an obligation
(impossibility, default of the debtor, default of the creditor, positive breach of contract, faults which occur when the
contract is being negotiated, situation when the underlying basis of a contract ceases to exist), contract with aspects
which protect a third party

Method Competence
Social Competence
Self Competence
Duration in Semester
Instruction Language
Total Effort
5.0 CrP; an estimated 150 hours
Weekly School Hours
Method of Instruction

lectures, exercises

Requirements for the awarding of Credit Points



Jeweils in aktueller Auflage:
Danne/Keil, Wirtschaftsprivatrecht – Grundlagen
Klunzinger, Einführung in das Bürgerliche Recht
Rüthers/Stadler, Allgemeiner Teil des BGB
Brox/Walker, Allgemeiner Teil des BGB
Brox/Walker, Allgemeines Schuldrecht
Brox/Henssler, Handelsrecht
Medicus/Lorenz, Schuldrecht I – Allgemeiner Teil
Canaris, Handelsrecht

Prerequisite for

492, 717, 593, 491, 305, 725

Prerequisite for Modules