EU Business Law profile

 

What is the aim of the profile?

The aim of the EU Business Law profile is to give you an understanding of the EU rules that set the framework for conducting different business activities in the EU. You will learn how specific types of activities relating to sales, procurement and contracting are conducted and what types of business conduct are not allowed. A recurring theme on the profile is how businesses should ensure that they comply with the existing rules.

The profile is offered to students when they enrol on the ’cand.jur.’ or ’cand.merc.(jur.)’ programme.

Why choose this profile?

The EU Business Law profile will provide you with an insight into some of the most important legal aspects of doing business in the EU. Not only will the courses give you an understanding of the relevant rules, they will also provide you with a knowledge of how the rules are applied in practice by the companies conducting trade and by the authorities enforcing the rules. Surveys among potential employers have shown that there is a demand for graduates with this specific type of knowledge. Potential employees could be companies trading in the internal market, law firms and consultancy firms, as well as public authorities who must enforce the rules. The fact that the courses are conducted in English will make you attractive to employers who use English as part of their working language.

Why choose the EU Business Law profile? Peter Istrup is Chairman of Danske Virksomhedsjurister and member of the employer panel. He explains why this profile is so valuable for the business community and why students should choose this profile.
Why choose an English-taught profile? Bjarke Bertelsen is Senior Corporate Legal Advisor at Vestas and external lecturer at the EU Business Law profile. He tells about the course he is teaching and the value of choosing an English-taught profile.

Profile structure

You will graduate as ’cand.jur.’ or ’cand.merc.jur.’ as the profile is incorporated into the ordinary programme.
 
For students enrolled on the ’cand.jur.’ programme:
The first semester consists of three courses. The first compulsory course package consists of two courses taught in English: EU Public Procurement and Competition Law and EU Consumer Law and Product Labelling. In addition to course package I, students enrolled will be signed up for the compulsory programme course ‛Civilproces‛, which is taught in Danish.  
 
Students accepted for course package I will have to apply for course package II by the end of the first semester. They will be guaranteed enrolment. The second compulsory course package consists of two courses taught in English: Business in the Internal Market and Drafting Commercial Contracts. In addition to course package II, students will be signed up for the compulsory course on the cand.jur. programme: ‛Skatteret‛, which is taught in Danish.

For students enrolled on the ’cand.merc.jur.’ programme:
The compulsory profile course package I and course package II substitute the compulsory law courses that are otherwise part of the first year of the ’cand.merc.(jur.)’ programme. When enrolled on the EU Business Law profile, you have selected the prerequisite and specialisation course in Business Administration. Thus, the economic courses will not be affected by your choice of profile.
 
English course
All students specialising in EU Business Law are offered a brush-up language course in English in week 34 prior to the beginning of the first semester.   

 

 

Cand.jur.

  1. semester    2. semester    3. semester    4. semester  
EU Public Procurement 
and Competition Law

10 ECTS    
Business in the
Internal Market 

10 ECTS  
Exchange
or 
Thesis
EU Consumer Law and
Product Labelling

10 ECTS 
Drafting Contracts in a
European Business context 

10 ECTS  
Internship  
or
'Civilproces' (Civil Procedure)  
10 ECTS  
'Skatteret' (Tax Law)
10 ECTS  
Electives at
Aarhus University
30 ECTS  

 

 

Cand.merc.(jur.)  

  1. semester    2. semester    3. semester  4. semester  
EU Public Procurement 
and Competition Law

10 ECTS
Business in the
Internal Market
 

10 ECTS  
Exchange
or 
Thesis
EU Consumer Law
and Product Labelling

10 ECTS   

Drafting Contracts in
a European Business context

10 ECTS  

Internship  
or

Prerequisite Course in Business Administration
10 ECTS  

Specialisation Course in Business Administration
10 ECTS  

Electives at
Aarhus University
30 ECTS  

Course descriptions

EU Public Procurement and Competition Law
The course provides you with knowledge of the rules and case law regarding the framework of EU public procurement and competition. The course focuses on the regulatory basis for public procurement (TFEU, directives and case law) and for competition law (primarily TFEU and case law). This includes the main procurement issues such as (and primarily) the obligation to tender, general procurement principles, the procurement phases of selection and award, and the procurement procedures. In relation to competition law, the course focuses on TFEU Article 101 on anti-competitive agreements, TFEU Article 102 on abuse of dominant position, and the rules on merger control (Regulation 139/2004). The course will also address the interplay between these two related but independent areas of law. Practice shows that this interplay results in a number of legal challenges, and the most important of these will be addressed on the course.

The course includes teaching by active researchers as well as practitioners. You are encouraged to participate actively in discussions on various legal issues including questions relating to the practical application of the rules.

Exam: Traditional oral exam 

EU Consumer Law and Product Labelling
The course provides you with a comprehensive analysis of the most important EU legislative measures concerning consumers and the effect of consumer regulation on conducting business in the EU. The measures covered include consumer contracts, marketing law, product liability, financial services and choice of law and jurisdiction. The course focuses on giving you an understanding of how businesses can ensure compliance with the EU consumer regulation and manage related legal risks.

The topic of core consumer law is then supplemented by the rules on product labelling. In-depth knowledge of these rules is essential for any company dealing with products as they stipulate which information must and which information may be provided on product labelling. This part of the course focuses on EU labelling rules in general as well as on the rules pertaining to food and environmental labelling (eco and energy labels) in particular.

Exam: case-based oral exam 

Business in the internal market
Jurisprudence from the Court of Justice of the European Union has provided the key doctrines as to what steps Member States are not allowed to take in order to restrict the free movement of goods, services, workers and capital. However, there is also a positive dimension to European integration i.e. harmonisation through legislation, which has broadened the scope of freedom of movement within the EU.

This course aims to introduce you to the main models used for harmonisation, including minimum and maximum harmonisation, harmonisation based on mutual recognition and home state control, and the differentiation that exists in the internal market. The course will also explore the limits of harmonisation and the role of the different horizontal actors (the Commission, the Court, et al.) as well as the vertical actors (national governments, national parliaments, et al.) in the overall sphere of lawmaking in the European Union.

Taking into account the theoretical aspects of EU law and its internal market law, the course also has a functional and applied dimension. By thoroughly examining specific areas of EU legislation, the course will explore a number of areas where harmonisation has been specifically undertaken. Here the course will discuss examples of different sectoral areas in-depth and uncover the legal problems that have been evident in the development of an internal market in Europe.

Exam: written take-home exam. 

Drafting Contracts in a European Business Context
The course provides you with a comprehensive analysis of background law and contract practices in the EU. It focuses particularly on the similarities and differences between the legal traditions and contract practices of European law. The course also aims to provide you with an understanding of how legal traditions shape contract practices, and how the involved parties may negotiate efficient clauses that take these differences and similarities into consideration. The course includes an analysis of clauses from e.g. distributors, construction and sales contracts, and it explains how EU law has an impact on commercial contract practices as well as on the interaction with laws from jurisdictions outside the EU. The course is taught in a collaboration between university researchers and practitioners with an aim to combine traditional legal methodology with best practice contract-drafting techniques. During the course, you will be working actively with drafting commercial contract clauses thereby developing your practical as well as theoretical skills and competences.

Exam: case-based oral exam. 

Third semester
In the third semester, you are encouraged to either take an internship relevant for the profile or go on exchange at one of the many universities with which we have exchange agreements, as this will enhance your international profile. At the department, we will do our best to help students who wish to apply for an internship. If you plan on taking an internship, you must also plan how to obtain a total of 30 ECTS in your third semester. This can be done by e.g. taking a summer course before you leave. Please contact the student counsellors if you have question on how to arrange your third semester. It is also possible for you to stay at Aarhus University for the third semester and choose among our many courses, including those that allow you to specialise further in EU Business Law.

If you decide to go on exchange in the third semester, we have compiled a list of destinations that offer a further specialisation in EU Law. Before you apply, make sure that you meet the requirements stated in AU GO for a minimum GPA and language tests. You must apply through AU GO before the deadline of 1 December 2018. Please state in your exchange application that you are a student specialising in EU Business Law.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to guarantee that students with the EU Business (Law) profile are given priority of admission to certain universities in connection with exchange stays. Consequently, EU Business Law students – like other exchange students – will be admitted on the basis of their average marks at the time of their application. If students applying for admission at the same exchange destination have the same GPA, importance will be attached to the general scholarly profile of the applicants. On request Aarhus BSS International will assist students with the EU Business Law profile in locating universities that offer courses in EU Law to exchange students.

 

 

Who can apply?

The EU Business Law profile will be offered to students when they enrol on the ‛cand.jur.’ or ‛cand.merc.(jur.)‛ programme starting in September 2018.

Exchange students will also be allowed to take courses on the profile. However, preference will be given to students who are able to participate in both the 1st and 2nd semester. These students will only have to participate in the four courses that constitute the EU Business Law profile and can choose freely between other courses covering the last 10 ECTS of each semester. In case there are any vacant places on the profile courses, we will accept exchange students who are only staying at Aarhus University for one semester. Those staying at AU in the autumn semester should take both EU Public Procurement Law and Competition Law and EU Consumer Law and Product Labelling. Those who are in Aarhus for the spring semester may only apply to the course Business in the Internal Market, and if they meet the formal requirements, they can also attend the course Drafting Commercial Contracts in a European Business Context.

A maximum number of 25 students will be enrolled following the application deadline on 22 April 2018. Afterwards, exchange students with similar qualifications as those already enrolled may also be accepted on the profile.

Corporate partners

The profile is offered in collaboration with a group of large companies that work with different aspects of EU Business Law. These corporate partners will provide input to the different profile courses, thereby offering students an insight into how they work with EU Business Law in practice. Furthermore, the companies may offer part-time jobs or internships that may be relevant for the students on the profile.

The following companies have agreed to be corporate partners:  

 

 

  • Arla Foods amba
  • Vestas Wind Systems A/S
  • Lego Group

Want to join? Here is how:  

When you have applied to either the ‛cand.jur.‛ or ‛cand.merc.(jur.)‛ degree programme, you can apply to the EU Business Law profile. You will be able to apply in april (specific dates will be announced at a later time).The names of the students who have been selected for the profile will be announced in prior to the registration deadline for courses in the fall semester. Students who have been selected will automatically be enrolled in the courses that constitute the first semester of the profile (‛cand.jur.‛-students also on the course ‛Civilproces‛). Students who have not been selected must choose which electives they would like to take in the autumn within the normal application deadlines.

Selection criteria
Students will be selected for the profile based on the following criteria:

  • Grades in the Bachelor’s courses in EU law
  • Motivation (maximum 1/2 page)
  • English language skills
  • Other relevant activities such as student jobs, international experience etc.

We will also ensure that the exchange students allowed on the profile have sufficient skills in English and (EU) law.

Apply now
To apply you must submit an application consisting of a short motivated application (max. ½ page), your CV and the grades that you have received on your Bachelor’s programme so far. 

Please send your application to: eubusiness@law.au.dk (deadline will be announced later).

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