The CEP sets itself the aim of connecting European legal expertise from academics and legal practitioners who apply it in their daily work to create a new, readily applicable body of research.
The institute coordinates external enquiries about teaching assignments, lectures and contract research. Some sections of the institute help the public authorities and courts of law with questions about international law, and are therefore in constant contact with legal practitioners. Finally, the institute is also tasked with coordinating the acquisition of literature.
The Institute for the Didactics of Law was born out of the University's desire to explore new avenues in the way its law students are prepared for the first state examination, which students generally sit after approximately 4 to 6 years of study. Teaching professorships were set up for civil, public and criminal law, providing rigorous preparation for the state examination. The teaching professors are themselves official examiners for the state examination.
The HRCP was established in 2010 as a centre for research, continuing professional development and a consultancy on all issues related to international human rights protection in criminal proceedings.
The Research Centre for IT Law and Internet Policy, or For..Net, is an independent research and consultative unit of the University of Passau, and is headed by Professor Dirk Heckmann. Its research and advisory output is characterised by a combination of legal dogmatics and legal policy.