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Dr. habil. Christian Förster
Lawyer

My specialties

IT Law

Information technology law (“IT law”) concerns the large area of software, hardware and data processing, which is developing and changing faster than almost any other area. It is therefore easy to lose track of things. We offer you sound advice and support you in all legal matters relating to your IT, including contract review and drafting, licenses, hosting and, last but not least, cybersecurity, to ensure that your IT business practices are legally sound and protected against harmful interference.

Data protection

We offer comprehensive legal advice in the area of data protection to ensure that your practices comply with applicable data protection laws. Our services include drafting customized data protection policies, monitoring and auditing data processing activities and ensuring full compliance with all relevant data protection regulations.

Industrial Property Rights

Intellectual property law is used whenever you need to protect your intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks and copyrights, and protect it from damage caused by unfair competition. We support you with tailor-made legal structuring (e.g. trademark searches and registrations, structuring and obtaining licenses and rights of use) as well as with the enforcement of or defence against claims for compensation in the event of infringement.

Commercial Law

You will hardly experience a working day on which you are not confronted with questions of commercial law, regardless of whether these are your own terms and conditions of delivery or purchase, ongoing agreements with customers or project-specific contracts. With our many years of experience, we can help you with the rapid provision of standard contracts as well as with the drafting of complex special agreements. We can also check the rules and regulations of your business partners and assist you in contract negotiations.

Transportation & Logistics

Transport & Logistics includes the efficient planning, organization and implementation of goods and freight transport as well as the management of warehousing and distribution processes to ensure the smooth running of the supply chain. We support you from a legal perspective by reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts for you, helping to identify liability risks and handling any claims.

More about me

In more than two decades of university work, I have learned to get to the bottom of a legal problem before presenting my findings. For one thing, the devil is in the detail, and for another, you can only explain convincingly what you have understood yourself.

I therefore first listen to my clients to find out what is bothering them and what their goal is. My main task is then to pave the legal way for them to get there. This in turn means analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of the various alternatives and explaining them to the client. We can then decide together which is actually the best solution.

Career

I studied law at the University of Tübingen [from 1992 to 1997].[von 1992 bis 1997] Impressed by the elective station in Tokyo at the end of my legal clerkship, I began studying Japanese Studies in Tübingen and Kyoto [in 1999] parallel to my dissertation project.[1999] I completed my doctorate [2002] on the topic of corporate law: “The Dimension of the Company: A Chapter in German and Japanese Legal History”. [2002]

I then remained at the University of Tübingen as a research assistant and completed my habilitation there with the thesis: “Die Fusion der Personalsicherheiten – Eine Neusystematisierung von Bürgschaft und Garantie aus rechtsvergleichender Perspektive” [2009].[2009] I received a teaching license for the subjects of civil law, commercial and business law and comparative law.

This was followed by temporary professorships in Bonn, Dresden, Frankfurt am Main and Freiburg. After a first brief foray into the legal profession, I was offered a professorship for “Transcultural Studies (Social Sciences)” at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe” at the University of Heidelberg [in 2014], which I held until the Cluster expired [at the end of 2018]. [Ende 2018] [2014]

I have been a partner at Bartsch Rechtsanwälte since January 2019.

Memberships

  • German Society for Law and Informatics, Frankfurt a.M.
  • German Society for Transportation Law, Hamburg
  • German-Japanese Society, Frankfurt a.M.
  • German-Japanese Lawyers’ Association, Hamburg
  • German-Japanese Business Circle, Düsseldorf
  • Förderverein Forschungszentrum Informatik, Karlsruhe (Member of the Board)
  • Society for Comparative Law, Freiburg
  • Association of Civil Law Teachers

Comments

Comments

  • beck-online.GROSSKOMMENTAR BGB, ed. by Gsell et al: §§ 1204-1272 BGB (lien) – updated quarterly, approx. 200 pp.
  • beck-online.GROSSKOMMENTAR BGB, ed. by Gsell et al: §§ 33-54 LuftVG (third-party liability of the aircraft operator, liability of the air carrier) – updated quarterly, approx. 110 pp.
  • beck-online.GROSSKOMMENTAR BGB, ed. by Gsell et al: Art. 46b, 46c EGBGB (Implementation of the Rome I Regulation) – updated quarterly, approx. 30 pp.
  • beck-online.GROSSKOMMENTAR Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht, ed. by Henssler et al: Montreal Convention (Carriage by International Air) – updated quarterly, approx. 520 pp.
  • Beck’scher Online-Kommentar BGB, ed. v. Hau/Poseck: §§ 12, 823-840 BGB (tort law) and product liability law – updated quarterly, approx. 800 pp.
  • Heymann, Handelsgesetzbuch, ed. von Horn et al, Volume 1, 3rd edition 2019: §§ 1-37a HGB (merchant, commercial register, company), 431 pp.

Monographs

  • Allgemeiner Teil des BGB – Eine Einführung mit Fällen, 3rd edition Heidelberg (C.F. Müller) 2015, XI, 127 pp.
  • Schuldrecht Allgemeiner Teil – Eine Einführung mit Fällen, 3rd edition Heidelberg (C.F. Müller), 2015, XX, 306 p.
  • Schuldrecht Besonderer Teil – Eine Einführung mit Fällen, 2nd edition Heidelberg (C.F. Müller), 2016, XXV, 408 p.
  • Corporate Law – An Introduction with Cases, 2nd edition Heidelberg (C.F. Müller), 2016, XVIII, 301 pp.
  • Die Fusion von Bürgschaft und Garantie – Eine Neusystematisierung aus rechtsvergleichender Perspektive, Tübingen (Mohr Siebeck) 2010, XXII, 548 p. (habilitation thesis)
  • Die Dimension des Unternehmens – Ein Kapitel der deutschen und japanischen Rechtsgeschichte, Tübingen (Mohr Siebeck) 2003, XIV, 403 p. (Dissertation)

Co-authorships

  • COVID-19 – Legal issues relating to the Corona crisis, 3rd edition 2021, ed. v. Schmidt: Tort law, approx. 30 pages
  • Introduction to Japanese Law, ed. v. Kaspar/Schön: Pre-contractual breaches of the duty of disclosure, 2018, pp. 63-80
  • Laws of Korea, 2nd Annotated Edition 2015, ed. v. US-Korea Law Foundation: Co-Editor Civil and Commercial Law, ca. 30 p.

Essays (selection)

  • IT contract law: Part 2 – Software development contract (waterfall method), MMR 2024, pp. 384-390
  • IT Contract Law: Part 1 – Basics and General Part, MMR 2024, p. 4-21
  • Traffic safety obligations (II) – Selected facts, JA 2019, p. 1-8
  • The new package travel law, JA 2018, pp. 561-568
  • Obligations to ensure public safety (I) – System and essential case groups, JA 2017, pp. 721-728
  • Damages law – systematics and current case law, JA 2015, pp. 801-808
  • Collateral Damage – Product liability claims by Korean soldiers against US “Agent Orange” manufacturers, RIW 2015, p. 169-179; abridged version published under the title: “Die Folgen von Agent Orange” in FAZ of 28.4.2015, on the Internet at http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/vietnamkrieg-die-folgen-von-agent-orange-13562135.html
  • Material breach of contract and set-off according to CISG standards, NJW 2015, pp. 830-833
  • The implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive in §§ 312 ff. BGB – A systematic presentation for studies and exams, JA 2014, pp. 721-730 (Part 1) and pp. 801-808 (Part 2)
  • New consumer law in the German Civil Code – scope of application, information obligations and right of withdrawal for off-premises and distance contracts since June 13, 2014, ZIP 2014, pp. 1569-1575
  • Presumption of fault in official liability – duty of supervision of kindergarten staff, NJW 2013, pp. 1201-1203
  • Third-party effect of BSE testing obligations – official liability for incorrect release of goods not tested for BSE, NJW 2013, pp. 571-573
  • Safeguarding Public Interest in Companies through Corporate Social Responsibility?, KSzW (Kölner Schrift zum Wirtschaftsrecht) 2013, pp. 106-112
  • Liability for breach of pre-contractual duty of disclosure in Japan, RIW 2013, pp. 44-54
  • The seller’s obligation to provide a replacement in the so-called “installation cases” – at the same time discussion of ECJ, judgment of the European Court of Justice. v. 16.6.2011 – Case C-65/09, C-87/09, ZIP 2011, p. 1493-1501
  • The termination of “Internet system contracts” in accordance with. § SECTION 649 BGB, ZGS 2011, PP. 253-259
  • Shareholders’ rights at the general meeting – quo vaditis?, AG 2011, pp. 362-373
  • Farewell to the contrast between contracts for work and services?, ZGS 2010, pp. 460-466
  • Problematic guarantee obligations in general terms and conditions, WM 2010, pp. 1677-1684
  • International Corporate Governance Codes – in particular the problem of multi-voting shares, in: Assmann et al. (eds.), Markt und Staat in einer globalisierten Wirtschaft, 2010, pp. 203-225
  • Representation – basic structure and recent developments, JURA 2010, pp. 351-358
  • The Black Knight – Section 826 BGB in company law, AcP 2009, pp. 399-444
  • From information overflow to incapacitation – Comparing German and Japanese consumer protection, Journal of Japanese Law No. 27 (2009), pp. 169-181
  • Shingi seijitsu no gensoku – The principle of good faith in Japanese law of obligations, RabelsZ 2009, pp. 78-99
  • Corporate social responsibility regulated by law – Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) put to the test, RIW 2008, pp. 833-840
  • European Corporate Governance – Actual convergence of the new codes?, ZIP 2006, pp. 162-171
  • The objection shower handle – humor in law, JURA 2005, pp. 314-319
  • SME promotion in European terms – New definition of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as of January 1, 2005, EWS 2005, p. 4-8

Courses

International School of Management, Stuttgart location (since 2022)
  • Conception and supervision of the compulsory basic module “Law and Ethics” as part of the Master’s program
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe, teaching assignment Business Administration/Banking degree program (2020-2021)
  • Lectures: Civil Law I & II
University of Heidelberg, Professorship Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe” (2014-2018)
  • Lectures: Introduction to East Asian Law I & II (several times)
  • Seminars (among others):
    – Legal Consequences of Modern Technology
    – Law in Political Context
    – Treaties between East and West
    – Foundations of East Asian Law
    – Responsibility for Human Action – Legal Liability as Driving Factor in Modern Societies
University of Heidelberg, Lectureship Faculty of Law (2013-2016)
  • Lectures: Introduction to East Asian Legal Systems I & II (several times)
University of Frankfurt a.M., Discharge Professorship Faculty of Law (2011-2013)
  • Lectures (among others):
    – BGB AT
    – Law of Obligations AT (several times)
    – Contractual obligations
    – Enrichment law
    – Company law
  • Seminars on corporate, medical and technology law, among others
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Wolfgang Döring
Florian Krug
Joachim Dorschel
Constanze Stallecker
Bernhard Fritz
Dr. Thomas Scharpf
Dr. Gerhard Wagner
Dr. Alexander Hoff
Daniel Scharpf
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Prof. Dr. Michael Bartsch
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Dr. habil. Christian Förster
Dr. Oliver Klein
Dr. Stephanie Funk
Alexandra Steg, LL.B.
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Julien Sweeting, LL.M. (London)
Marc Blaha
Marin Mrvelj
Rüdiger Strubel
Sabine Przerwok
Hendrik Stroborn
Wolfgang Döring
Florian Krug
Joachim Dorschel
Constanze Stallecker
Bernhard Fritz
Dr. Thomas Scharpf
Dr. Gerhard Wagner
Dr. Alexander Hoff
Daniel Scharpf
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Dr. Stephanie Funk
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