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module properties module number 201005 - common information
module number201005
departmentDepartment of Economic Sciences and Media
ID of group2544 (Law and Economics of Digitalization)
module leaderProf. Dr. Juliane Mendelsohn
languageEnglisch
term Sommersemester
previous knowledge and experience

Fundamentals of Law or Fundamentals of Business Law

learning outcome


Students have acquired fundamental knowledge of the foundations and institutions of law and economics (contract, tort and business law, intellectual property, competition law).

Students have learned how these rules and institutions are subject to change and development due to the large-scale integration of algorithms in today's world.

Based on these foundations, each student has developed his/her own research question and research proposal on a specific question and has written a methodologically coherent paper (ca. 5000 words). The student has presented key finding and points of analysis in class (ca. 10-15minutes)

The combination of the lecture and seminar format has provided the students with a good theoretical foundation for their own research and has integrated legal and economic aspects with knowledge from their own disciplines. 

contentI. Algorithms in Contracts and Torts (selected issues)
  • Machine Intelligence, Agency and legal personhood
  • Algorithmic discrimination
  • Liability and self-learning/ self-driving mechanisms
  • Contract drafting and formal languages
  • Legal Tech and smart contracts

II. Algorithms in IP and Data Law (selected issues)
  • Protecting algorithms
  • Algorithms in copyrights and patent law (question relating to the "author" and "inventor")
  • Algorithms and big data
  • Protecting Databases

 III. Algorithms in Competition, Corporate and Regulatory Law (selected issues)
  • Regulating algorithms and AI
  • Algorithms and competition law issues (collusion, abuse)
  • Algorithms and corporate governance

media of instruction and technical requirements for education and examination in case of online participation

Lecture and seminar, power point presentations, online exercises and research, interactive discussions  

literature / referencesRevision of previous lectures:
  • Musielak/Hau, Grundkurs BGB, CH Beck, 16. Aufl. 2019
  • Vieweg/ Fischer: Wirtschaftsrecht: Grundlagen, Nomos, 1. Auflage 2019
  • Klein-Benkers, Rechtsformen der Unternehmen, CF Müller, 2.Auflage 2016
  • Haucap/Budzinski, Recht und Ökonomie, 2020
Private law and economic law:
  • Matis, Law and Economics in Europe, Springer, 2013
  • Priest, The Rise of Law and Economics, Routledge, 2020
  • Gilker, Research Handbook on EU Tort Law, EE, 2017
  • Robbers, Introduction to German Law, Nomos, 7th Ed. 2019
  • Jones/Sufrin, EU Competition Law, 7th Ed, 2019
Law of algorithms:
  • Ebers/Navas, Algorithms and Law, CUP, 2020
  • Ezrachi/Stucke, Virtual Competition, HUP, 2016
  • Cormen/Leiserson, Introduction to Algorithms, 3rd Ed., 2009
  • Stucke/Grunes, Big Data and Competition Policy, OUP, 2016
  • Caldarola/Schrey, Big Data and Law, Beck Hart Nomos, 2020

evaluation of teaching
Details reference subject
module nameLaw and Economics of Algorithms
examination number2500623
credit points5
SWS3 (2 V, 1 Ü, 0 P)
on-campus program (h)33.75
self-study (h)116.25
obligationobligatory module
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

coherent paper (ca. 5000 words) and presentation in class (ca. 10-15 minutes)

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements
signup details for alternative examinationsDie Anmeldung zur alternativen semesterbegleitenden Abschlussleistung erfolgt über das Prüfungsverwaltungssystem (thoska) außerhalb des zentralen Prüfungsanmeldezeitraumes. Die früheste Anmeldung ist generell ca. 2-3 Wochen nach Semesterbeginn möglich. Der späteste Zeitpunkt für die An- oder Abmeldung von dieser konkreten Abschlussleistung ist festgelegt auf den (falls keine Angabe, erscheint dies in Kürze):
To obtain the actual deadlines for this course, plaese navigate to the course details in the degree program.
maximum number of participants
Details in degree program Master International Business Economics 2021, Master Medienwirtschaft 2021
module nameLaw and Economics of Algorithms
examination number2500623
credit points5
on-campus program (h)34
self-study (h)116
obligationelective module
examalternative examination performance
details of the certificate

coherent paper (ca. 5000 words) and presentation in class (ca. 10-15 minutes)

alternative examination performance due to COVID-19 regulations incl. technical requirements
signup details for alternative examinationsDie Anmeldung zur alternativen semesterbegleitenden Abschlussleistung erfolgt über das Prüfungsverwaltungssystem (thoska) außerhalb des zentralen Prüfungsanmeldezeitraumes. Die früheste Anmeldung ist generell ca. 2-3 Wochen nach Semesterbeginn möglich. Der späteste Zeitpunkt für die An- oder Abmeldung von dieser konkreten Abschlussleistung ist festgelegt auf den (falls keine Angabe, erscheint dies in Kürze):
To obtain the actual deadlines for this course, plaese navigate to the course details in the degree program.
maximum number of participants