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Introduction to Law

level of course unit

first cycle, Bachelor

Learning outcomes of course unit

Students will:
know the structure and content of Austrian private law;
know the structure and content of Austrian commercial and corporate law.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not specified

course contents

This lecture aims to provide economists with the necessary insight into the the structure and content of private, commercial, and corporate law.
Emphasis here is placed on general private law, though insight will also be provided on the structure of special private law.
The lecture will also provide an overview of all business forms used in Austria and sections of commercial law, including the law of unfair competition, insolvency law as well as an introduction to internet law. Students will learn about competition-relevant issues and know the legal consequences.
Insolvency law addresses first and foremost the risk potential of other business relationships and presents the opportunities available in debt relief.

recommended or required reading

Fitz und Gamerith: Handelsrecht – Wettbewerbsrecht: Unlauterer Wettbewerb und Kartelle. 4. Aufl., Wien, 2003.
Fritz, C.: Gesellschafts- und Unternehmensformen: Handbuch der wichtigsten Fragen – Gründung, Haftung, Auflösung, Steuerrecht. 2. Aufl., Wien, 2002.
Krejci, H.: Privatrecht. 5. Aufl., Wien, 2002.
Schwimann, M.: Bürgerliches Recht für Anfänger. 5. Aufl., Wien, 2003

assessment methods and criteria

Written exam and/or scientific paper and/or presentation

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion

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name of lecturer(s)

Dr. Mag. Bernhard Buchauer

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