Giessen is a city of approximately 80,000 residents. Located in the German state of Hessen in west central Germany, Giessen is less than an hour northwest of Frankfurt. The city came into being as a moated castle in 1152, built by Count Wilhelm von Gleiberg. Communities around Giessen are among the oldest in Germany, dating back to 775. In addition to leisure-time activities provided by the University itself, Giessen offers a wide variety of music, clubs and bars as well as cultural activities such as theatre and opera. The University’s 22,000 students make Giessen the most student-dominated city in Germany.
Law has been studied at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen since 1607. Famous academics such as Rudolf von Ihering (1818-1892) and Franz von Liszt (1851-1919) contributed to the reputation of the Faculty of Law. After its temporary closure following World War II, the Faculty of Law and Economics was reopened in 1964. A separate Faculty of Law was re-established in 1970.
Today, the Law Faculty offers expertise in a wide range of subjects with a particular emphasis on European and international law. The Faculty cultivates strong networks with numerous universities outside of Germany, and hosts many foreign undergraduate students from Erasmus partner universities as well as from universities in Queensland, Australia, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Kazan, Russia, Potchefstroom, South Africa and Wisconsin, USA. Graduate students from outside Germany are welcome to apply for the one year Master degree “LL.M. in German Law”. The Faculty also offers the opportunity to obtain a doctoral degree (Dr. iur.) based on a thesis submitted either in German, English or another approved language. German language courses are offered throughout the semester and immediately before classes start.
The park-like campus of the University of Giessen is situated near the center of the City of Giessen. Many of its older buildings are included in various registries of historical buildings.
Students will attend an orientation prior to departure.
The Giessen Summer Law Program brings together up to sixty students from all over the world to study comparative and international law for one month. Faculty from Marquette University, University of Wisconsin and University of Giessen teach a total of four courses. Classes meet Monday through Thursday for four weeks.
All classes are taught in English. Students choose two courses from the following offerings:
For fees and course descriptions, visit the Law School website.
- International Economic Law and Business Transactions (2 credits)
- Comparative Law (2 credits)
- Law of Armed Conflict (2 credits)
- International Intellectual Property and International Trade (2 credits)
Students live in university housing in Giessen.