International Economic Law and the Rule of Law

In the summer semester 2024, Prof. Bungenberg will offer a seminar entitled "International Economic Law and the Rule of Law". Seminar topics can be reserved by e-mail to Simon Steiner until 29 January 2024.

If you are interested in participating in this seminar, please indicate your first and second preference for the topics in the list below. Reservations can be made from 22 January 2024 at 13:00. The last possible reservation date is 29 January 2024 at 13:00. Reservations submitted before the start or after the end of the reservation period cannot be considered for reasons of equal opportunity. The maximum number of participants for the seminar is 15. Online participation in the seminar is not possible.

Prof. Bungenberg will hold an introductory session on 31 January 2024 at 1 pm in Room 1.17 (first floor of the Europa-Institut). In this session, Prof. Bungenberg will introduce the seminar, confirm the assignment of topics and provide further information on the course of the seminar. The table of contents of the seminar paper must be sent as a PDF document to by 23 February 2024 (23:59).

The seminar paper must fulfil all formalities specified by the head of the LL.M. programme (to be found in the Moodle course "Seminars General Information"). The deadline for submitting the seminar paper is 22 April 2024 at 12:00 noon. A handout for the presentation must be submitted by email as a PDF document to at least one day before the seminar is held.

The seminar itself is expected to take place from April 28 to May 1 2024 on the Fraueninsel at Lake Chiemsee (in Bavaria, Germany). The majority of the costs (train tickets, accommodation and full board) will be covered by the chair of Prof. Dr. Marc Bungenberg. Students are expected to contribute a maximum of €50-€100.

You will receive all further information at the introductory event and by email as soon as you have registered as a participant for the seminar.

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

3. The Foreign Subsidies Regulation and its interplay with professional football

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

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

6. The opening of third-country procurement markets through the introduction of the “International Procurement Instrument” – background and development

7. The EU as a “newcomer” in the field of secondary sanctions – A legal analysis of the EU´s extraterritorial sanctions policy

8. Should the EU be able to apply a screening mechanism to outbound investments?

9. EU-US steel and raw materials relations (Steel Club, Raw Materials Agreement etc.)

10. Current case law of the ECJ on restrictive measures imposed by the EU against Russia and its impact on European sanctions law

11. Can the EU make frozen Russian assets available to Ukraine to satisfy its claims for damages against Russia?

12. The EU´s attempt to tackle circumvention strategies with regard to restrictive measures imposed against Russia


International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution

13. The troublesome future of the (modernised) Energy Charter Treaty. Is it a model for climate-friendly investment treaties?

14. The importance of the rule of law in investment arbitration

15. Security exception clauses in investment treaties – scope and arbitral practice

16. The host state's right to regulate with regard to matters of ecological sustainability

17. Sanctions and investment arbitration