International Economic Law and the Rule of Law

In the summer term 2023, Prof. Bungenberg will hold a seminar with the title “International Economic Law and the Rule of Law”. Seminar topics can be reserved from the 25 Januar (10 am) to the 31 January 2023 (until 12 pm) via Moodle (for studens of the LL.M. programme at the Europa-Institut) or (for all others) via email to Bianca Böhme (boehme(at)

If you are interested in participating in this seminar, please indicate your first and second preference for the topics indicated in the list below (if the inscription is via email). The maximum amount of participants allowed in the seminar is 15. An online-participation in the seminar is not possible.

Prof. Bungenberg will hold an introductory session on the 8 February 2023 at 1 pm in Room 117 (Second floor of the Europa-Institut). In that session, Prof. Bungenberg will introduce the topic, confirm the allocation of topics and provide further information on the course of the seminar.

The seminar paper must comply with all the formalities provided by the head of the LL.M. programme. The date for the submission of the seminar paper is the 25 April 2023 at 12 pm. The seminar itself is expected to take place from the 1 to 5 May 2023 on the Fraueninsel at Chiemsee (in Bavaria, Germany). The main parts of the costs (train tickets, accomodation and full-board) will be borne by the chair of Prof. Dr. Marc Bungenberg. The students are expected to contribute between 50–100 € max.

All further information will be provided in the introductory session and via email once you are inscribed as a participant in the seminar.

We are looking forward to your participation!


List of topics

European Economic Law

1.         The Road to the “Common Commercial Policy” – Historical Development of an EU Competence for Foreign Trade & Investment 

2.         The New EU Trade Strategy: What is an “open, sustainable and assertive” Trade Policy? (already reserved)

3.         Creating a Level playing Field in International Subsidy Law through the new EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation

4.         The Relationship of the Foreign Subsidies Regulation to other EU Instruments (already reserved)

5.         Legal Protection against the EU’s Sanctions against Russia (already reserved)

6.         Towards a uniform legal Framework for the Screening of Investments in the European Union? (already reserved)

7.         The EU and the World’s first Carbon Border Tariff

8.         The EU’s new Anti-Coercion Instrument. An effective Tool to deter coercive Behaviour?

9.         The Opening of third-Country Procurement Markets through the Introduction of the “International Procurement Instrument” ­– Background and Development

International Trade Law

10.        The Asian FTA Network: The Role of China and the Implications for EU Trade Policy (already reserved)

11.        The Protection of Human Rights and the Environment through Corporate Due Diligence along Global Supply Chains (already reserved)

12.        The Modernized Chile-EU Advanced Framework Agreement

13.        The WTO Framework on Investment Facilitation for Development

14.        Electronic Commerce and the Role of the WTO

International Investment Law

15.        The troublesome Future of the (modernised) Energy Charter Treaty. Is it a Model for Climate-Friendly Investment Treaties?

16.        Constitutional Review of Investment Treaties: Judgement C-252/2019 of the Constitutional Court of Colombia

17.        The Protection of Foreign Investments in Times of Armed Conflict (already reserved)

18.        Indigenous Peoples in International Investment Law (already reserved)

International Dispute Resolution

19.        Alternative Dispute Resolution in Cultural Heritage Disputes

20.        Holding Transnational Corporations Accountable for Environmental Harm through Counterclaims in ISDS

21.        Oceans and Space: New Frontiers for Investment Protection? (already reserved)

22.        The new ICSID Arbitration Rules: A Further Step in the Regulation of Third-Party Funding?

23.        International Investment Arbitration and Democratic Legitimacy (already reserved)