Law & Business Downtown Seminar: The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

11 February 2019



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The Volkswagen Emissions Scandal - German, European and US-American Implications

Speaker: Professor Thomas M.J. Möllers, University of Augsburg

The talk on "The Volkswagen emissions scandal - German, European and US-American implications" by Professor Thomas M.J. Möllers mainly concentrates on a comparison of German, European and US-American legal actions taken against Volkswagen in the aftermath of the Diesel scandal. After giving an outline of the events which includes a brief look at the takeover battle between Volkswagen and Porsche, Professor Möllers will provide an overview of the relevant legal provisions in Germany, Europe and the US and how these provisions were enforced in the respective jurisdictions. Consequently, the different approaches to liability and its enforcement are to be evaluated and conclusions for legislative actions are to be drawn.

About the speaker
Professor Dr. Thomas M.J. Möllers was born in Mainz, Germany, on January 25 in 1962. After law studies at universities of Mainz, Dijon, Berkeley, Florence and Munich, he wrote his doctoral thesis at the University of Mainz in 1989 and habilitated at the University of Munich in 1996. Since 1996, Professor Möllers has been holding a Chair for Civil Law, Commercial Law, European Law, International Private Law and Comparative Law at the University of Augsburg. In 2005, he was awarded a Jean-Monnet-Chair for European Law, Business, Capital Market and Competition Law for the first time and five years later he was honoured by being granted a Jean-Monnet-Chair ad personam, which is reserved for renowned scholars in the field of international and European law. This led to the establishment of a Jean-Monnet Centre of Excellence "European Integration - Rule of Law and Enforcement (INspiRE)" at the University of Augsburg in coperation with scholars from Germany, France, Italy and China in 2016.

Professor Möllers's academic work is focused on German and European Economic Law (Capital Market Law, Company Law and Legal Interpretation). He has taken part in developing German and European Capital Market Law and has repeatedly surveyed expert's reports on current government drafts. He is the author of numerous monographs and co-editor as well as author of different major editorial comments. His most recently published monograph, "Legal Theory and Legal Reasoning", is a work on legal methods and rules of legal interpretation as well as development of la wand is currently being translated into English and Chinese. Besides teaching at the University of Augsburg, Professor Möllers is a regular Visiting and Guest Professor of Law at the Universities of Sydney, Pittsburgh, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Pepperdine, Hobart, Washington, Beijing, Lyon, and is a member in several scientific societies and committees such as the Board of Trustees "Stiftung Geld und Währung" at the German Federal Bank which he chairs.

Commentator: Elizabeth Johnstone, Chair of the ASX Corporate Governance Council

Chair: Professor Jason Harris, Sydney Law School


Registration (GST inclusive)
Full fee: $77
Sydney Law School alumni: $66
Sydney Law School full time student: $44
Group 3+: $55


CPD Points: 1


Other upcoming Law & Business Downtown Seminars:
From FinTech to RegTech to CorpTech
Tuesday 16 April, 5.30-6.45pm
Speaker: Luca Enriques, Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law at Oxford University

The Law & Business Downtown seminar series is organised by Professor Jennifer Hill, Director of the Law & Business Program, Professor of Corporate Law, The University of Sydney Law School.


Time: 5.30-6.45pm (registration and refreshments from 5pm)

Location: Business School, Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney (Stockland Building)

Cost: See above

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

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