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Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät Lehrstuhl Atamer

European Private Law







Master of Law / International Students / LLM Students

22. February – 31. May 2022

Prof. Dr. Yesim M. Atamer, LL.M.

Prof. Dr. Helmut Heiss, LL.M.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Kellerhals, LL.M. 

Prof. Dr. Leander D. Loacker, M.Phil

C-Nr. 1027


Tuesday, 10:15–12:00

Room Nr.:


Please note that the following applies to the lectures held by Prof. Atamer. Information concerning the lectures of the other professors can be found on their respective websites.

I. Administration of the Course

In principle, all lectures will be held in class, and a recording of the lecture will be made available after each session. However, due to necessary Covid-19 restrictions, the format of the lectures might need to be adjusted. Please make sure to regularly consult the OLAT-course as well as this website.

II. Content

Although Switzerland is not formally a Member State of the European Union, European legislation is highly relevant for Swiss courts and jurisprudence, given that Swiss economic law was inspired by EU law to a high extent. The most important examples stem from fields such as EU Consumer Law, EU Competition Law, EU Company Law and EU Insurance Law. Building on the four market freedoms and the efforts of legislative alignment within the EU Single Market, the course aims at presenting the main precepts of substantive private law created by the European Union and to make students aware of the peculiarities of its application in Member States as well as in Non-Member States such as Switzerland. In the allotted four weeks Professor Atamer will focus on EU Consumer Law and give an overview of the legislation so far adopted and the future tendencies in the EU. The students will be motivated to discuss why and when consumers need to be protected by law as well as how this protection can be best granted. These insights will then be used to analyse Swiss law of consumer protection and to fathom whether it needs improvement in specific areas.

III. Prerequisites

  • Students should have attended at least a general contract law course, i.e. a general understanding of contract law is required.
  • A good command of English is essential.

IV. Course Materials and Podcast

The syllabus of the course can be found here (PDF, 200 KB).

The necessary course material will be provided on a weekly basis before the respective classes. The PPT presentations will be made available after each class. Interested students may consult Howells/Twigg-Flesner/Wilhelmsson: Rethinking EU Consumer Law, 2018.

The podcasts will be made available on OLAT within a few days after the classes. Students are encouraged to attend the classes in person in order to take part in the discussions. 

The lecture presentations can be found on OLAT.

V. Exam

There will be a written exam.

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