Fundamentals of Civil Law

  • Introduction to Law and understanding of law and Civil law and special private rights
  • Basic principles of private law - Fundamentals - Legal subjects (natural / legal persons, capacity for business and tort) - Representation
  • Property law (basic principles, types of property, possession and ownership, ownership, limited rights in rem, land register)
  • Contract law (basic concepts, preconditions for contracts, performance problems, changes in the content of contracts, end of contracts, important types of contracts)
  • Legal obligations (law of damages, law of enrichment, management without mandate)
  • Main features of private international law

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

  • Pflicht: Grünwald/Hauser (2019): Privates Wirtschaftsrecht NWV, 7. Auflage.
  • Folien werden zur Verfügung gestellt.
  • Empfohlen: Kodex Bürgerliches Recht/Unternehmensrecht (aktuellste Auflage).
Recommended for further reading: Perner/Spitzer/Kodek (2019): Bürgerliches Recht, Manz, 6. Auflage.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, active participation, legal research, legal application and case resolution exercises, legal writing, presentations, discussions, feedback, group assignments

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Exam method: written final exam (70 %); continuous assessment, esp. discussion (30 %).
  • Content assessment criteria: problem identification and problem characterisation, complexity of solutions.
  • Formal criteria: completeness of answers, task-specific requirements regarding scope and form of problem solving, terminology use in results presentation

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, students can

  • explain principles and values of the legislator in private law (2)
  • argue legal arguments orally and in writing in the mentioned areas of law (3)
  • know and apply legal leeway in contract law as well as measures/steps of legal enforcement (3,4),
  • be able to identify legal risks in contracts (3,4),
  • to independently analyse and solve legal case studies of civil law (e.g. lack of will when concluding a contract, performance problems such as delay or impossibility of performance) (4)

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