Law – a comparison of Brazil and Germany

Experts from WWU and USP ran Summer School on ‘Comparative commercial and fiscal law’ in São Paulo

Facilitated by the project wwu.usp and funded by the mobility program of the DAAD, a Summer School on ‘Comparative commercial and fiscal law (Germany/Brazil)’ was carried out in São Paulo from September 18th to September 22nd, 2017.

The faculties of law of USP and WWU jointly offered a Summer School to selected students of both universities. It not only served for teaching and discussing specific topics with students but promotes a sustainable cooperation with regard to strategic partnership between the universities.

The vice-rector of USP Prof. Vahan Agopyan and the director of USP’s Law Faculty Prof. José Rogério Cruz e Tucci officially opened the event. Prof. Steinmeyer, Professor of Social, Civil and Employment Law at WWU introduced the WWU to the participants and pointed out that one can build on long lasting collaboration between the faculties of law. The Executive Director of the Brazil Center of the WWU Dr. Ricardo Schuch presented an overview on the activities of the University of Münster related to Brazil and on the project wwu.usp.

Ten undergraduate students from WWU and 14 from USP participated in the Summer School, held by professors of both universities, who are specialists in different fields of Entrepreneurship Law. One topic of high interest self-evidently is the comparison of the legal situation in Brazil and Germany. Therefore, the professors stimulated the students to discuss interactively on different aspects of law regarding economy, finances, tax, commerce and labor.

Thursday evening, September 21st, a public colloquium was organized. Prof. Dr. Steinmeyer gave a lecture on "Institutional Reform of the EU in the wake of BREXIT", and Prof. Dr. Guggenberger on ‘Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Automation in Law’. The lectures attracted a wide interest among professors and students of the Law School of USP.

Focus Area - LAW

Prof. Dr. Joachim Englisch

Regarding the faculty of law the specifi  topic of cooperatingis the field of taxation and company law. Building on an academic agreement for Co-supervision of PhD thesis concluded in 2011, workshops will be organized with specifi regard to map the curricula. A Summer School on Business Law and Economic  Constitution promotes the cooperation on the level of students and PhD candidates as well as between researchers in order to initiate common research projects.

In December 2016 a joint workshop has been held at the University of Münster. It was agreed on a certain minimum number of lectures taught in English, both at WWU and at USP in order to increase the mobility of students in the faculties of law. The discussions on the establishment of a double degree program led up to the assessment that there is not sufficient compatibility on bachelor and master level. However, the existing double doctorate agreement has been proven to be functional. Moreover, the summer school to be carried at USP in September 2017, has been planned in detail.