Chair of Common Law
Prof. Dr. Jörg Fedtke

Gateway to the Common Law

The University of Passau established the Chair of Common Law in 2013. Recognizing the political, economic, and cultural importance of common law jurisdictions such as the United States, England, Australia or India for an increasingly globalized legal practice as well as the immense educational value of foreign law and comparative methodology for the training of young lawyers, considerable resources were made available to create and sustain a unique crossroads between the Anglo-American and civilian legal traditions in the very heart of Europe.

Supreme Court of the United States of America

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The Chair, which reflects Passau’s continued commitment to the integration of foreign and international law into the traditional German law school curriculum, compliments the Faculty’s cooperation with the University of London by offering students a firm grounding in the law of the United States. Young researchers are invited to pursue exciting opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic and contribute to the ongoing exchange of ideas and knowledge between the common law world and civilian systems of law. The entire common law curriculum, which forms part of Wahlschwerpunkte 27 and 28, is taught and examined in English.

The first holder of the Chair, Professor Dr. Jörg Fedtke, has held senior academic appointments in the United Kingdom and the United States. He continues to work at Tulane Law School (New Orleans) and is deeply involved in constitutional transition processes across the Middle East. His main research and teaching interests include public law, torts and alternative dispute resolution. Professor Fedtke strongly believes in promoting cultural literacy as an integral part of higher education.

Professor Fedtke was elected Vice President for Quality Management and Diversity at Passau University in July 2017.


LL.M at Tulane (USA)

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Graduates from Passau can receive attractive scholarships for an LL.M at Tulane Law School. Two spots are still available for the 19/20 academic year. Applications must be received by mid-June. Professor Fedtke will answer questions about the Program, life in New Orleans and LL.M opportunities in general on 30 April 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in JUR SR 059.

Mindy Nunez Duffourc, Humboldt Fellow and PhD candidate returns to New Orleans

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The Chair of Common Law says good-bye to Mindy Nunez Duffourc, Humboldt Fellow from New Orleans, USA, and PhD candidate (Patient rights and patient safety). She and her family returned to New Orleans at the beginning of April after more than two years in Passau.

More about Mindy.

Seminar in U.S. Law (Sommersemester 2019)

Professor Fedtke is offering a seminar with topics from contemporary U.S. tort, contract and constitutional law. Presentations will be held on 18 July 2019 (date TBC). The seminar meets the requirements of Schwerpunktbereiche 27 and 28. It is open to international exchange students and carries credits towards CECIL.

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