Applications Procedure for the fourth Cycle of the HCLC has began!
The Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic (HCLC) was inaugurated on 16 March 2012 and in October 2012 students started client counselling. The closing date for applications is 14 April 2015. We are already looking forward to your application, which should include your CV, an overview of all marks and a motivation letter.
2014 - Welcoming-Ceremony of the Second Year of the Humoldt Consumer Law Clinic
The Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic welcomed the participiants of its third year as well as their supervisors on 22 October 2014 and handed over the first cases to them. We are looking forward to a thrilling semester.
Visit to the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic by a Chinese delegation
On 20 June 2014, a Chinese delegation, led by Mr Liu Xiaobao, vice-president of the National Judges’ College of the People's Republic of China, visited the HCLC to learn more about the concept and the functioning of Law Clinics in the field of consumer law. The meeting between members of the Chinese delegation and participants of the HCLC was a great success: By presenting, anonymously, cases they had worked on or were currently working on, the students assured the Chinese delegation of their legal knowledge and their experiences in the application of the law which they could gather from their participation in the HCLC.
The team of the HCLC would like to thank all participants of the presentation for the interesting discussions and is looking forward to future visits of further delegations!
(Group photo of the Chinese delegation with the representatives of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic)
The Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic at the Long Night of the Sciences („Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften“):
On 10 May 2014, the Long Night of the Sciences took place at the Humboldt University where the Humboldt Law Clinics presented their innovative teaching concept to interested visitors. Participants of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic and the Humboldt Law Clinic Internetrecht discussed cases of flight delays and defamation on the Internet. More information on the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinics was supplied by illustrative posters. We would like to thank all participants for their support regarding the organization of this event!
Graduation of the second year of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic
On 12 February 2014, the HCLC could successfully complete the second year and bid the participants farewell in a festive graduation ceremony. The teams presented the cases they had been working on during the year and received their certificates of attendance from the Dean of the Law Faculty and the co-organisator of the HCLC, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Singer. We would like to thank all the participants and their supervisors for a great second year!
In the second year, 14 dedicated students could advise consumer in 22 different cases free of charge.
(Group picture of the participants with their supervisors and Prof. Dr. Singer, Dean of the Law Faculty and Co-Organisator of the HCLC)
Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic at School: Study visit of a delegation of the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan.
From 4 to 8 November 2013 a delegation of the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan visited Berlin for study purposes. The subject of the study visit was "The judicial decisions and practices in the field of consumer law". In the context of this visit, which was organized by the IZR (Deutsche Stiftung für Internationale Rechtliche Zusammenarbeit), the delegation visited the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Higher Regional Court of Berlin and, last but not least, the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic.
On 4 November 2013, the delegation, led by Mr Nikolai Mamontow (Judge at the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan) met with participants of the HCLC in the "Senatssaal" of the Humboldt-University to learn more about the work of the HCLC. The purpose of the visit was to attend a presentation of the work of the HCLC and to discuss consumer protection at the pre-court stage. While the presentation focused on the objectives, procedures and the legal bases for the client-counselling, two current participants and two alumni of the HCLC gave practical insights into the work of the HCLC by presenting, anonymously, cases they had worked on or were currently working on. The members of the delegation, accompanied by Mrs Svitlana Cherkas'ka (freelancer at the IZR), listened intently to the students' reports.
The presentation was followed by a discussion on the current level of consumer protection in Germany and Kazakhstan. As an expert of Kazakh consumer law, Mr Nikolai Mamontow was particularly interested in the situation in Germany in order to make comparisons with the situation in his home country. Everybody had an interesting and mutually beneficial experience, and the three hours of the delegation's stay passed by all to quickly.
(Group photo of the delegation of the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan with the representatives of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic)
On 22 February 2013, the conference "Die Umsetzung der Verbraucherrechte-Richtlinie sowie 1 Jahr Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic" (The implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive and one year of Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic) took place and on this occasion, the first anniversary of HCLC was celebrated.
(Group picture of the participants of the panel discussion (Prof. Dr. Schmidt-Räntsch, Dr. Schwab Ms Gurkmann) as well as two teams of the HCLC presenting their cases on the conference)
The inauguration of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic took place on 16 March 2012 during a festive symposium. We would like to express our gratitude to all speakers and participants at the symposium. You can download the programme of the symposium (in German) here.
The symposium was widely reported on in the German press:
- An article about the symposium, which will also be published in the “Semesterblick”.
- An article, published in the newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, about the results of the symposium on European consumer law.
- A report, published in the newspaper “Die Presse”, about the inauguration of the HCLC.
(Prof. Dr. Augenhofer together with Prof. Dr. Singer and Prof. Dr. Kämper-van den Boogaart, Vice-President of the Humboldt-University, after the inauguration of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic, as well as with some of the first Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic participants)
Further reports and articles:
- Legal Tribune online has reported on the HCLC. The article (in German) can be found here.
- On 10 October 2012, Prof. Reinhard Singer was interviewed on the HCLC by the Deutschlandfunk. Listen to the interview (in German) here!