1. Comparative Law – general introduction. Aims and functions, methods. Selected cases. 2. Historical introduction. Roman law, ius commune, modern legal families. Selected cases. Freedom of contracts – various comparative approaches. 3. Civil law in the service of public international law. 4. From emptor to consumer. How civil law becomes more and more public. 5. Is the English Channel thousand miles wide? Law in codes vs law in cases. 6. Morality, natural law, positive law. How moral is the law? 7. Various approaches to inheritance – trusts in comparative perspective. 8. To use but not to abuse – abusus iuris in comparative perspective. 9. Right of ownership in various modern legal systems. 10. Civil codes under demolition? The threat of decodification. 11-15. Selected case study.