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IT Law

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates are able to: present general civil law and well as private law aspects of entrepreneurial activities; analyze common practical problems using concrete examples; identify common legal questions related to information technology and apply simple standard solutions.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Courses of the previous semester successfully completed.

course contents

The teaching of fundamental concepts of private law geared to the requirements of professional IT practice, in particular by presenting practical legal cases and jointly developing the legal principles required to solve the respective problem. The following areas are addressed individually in detail:

- Distinction between public law and private law
- Corporate Law
- General contract law
- Legal capacity and capacity of natural and legal persons and their legal consequences
- Explanations of terms from the most important areas of law
- Relationships between legal areas and IT practice

recommended or required reading

- Bydlinski, Peter: Grundzüge des Privatrechts (f. Österreich).- Manz, 2007
- Posch, Willibald: Bürgerliches Recht (f. Österreich), Internationales Privatrecht.- Springer, 2008
- Kodex- oder Manz Gesetzestexte
- Kosmides, Timoleon: Die Bestimmung der Rechtsnatur von Access-Providing für die Bestimmung der Rechtsfolgen im Störungsfall, in: Taeger/Wiebe (Hrsg.): Tagungsband Herbstakademie 2008: Von AdWords bis - Social Networks – Neue Entwicklungen im Informationsrecht, Edewecht 2008, S. 119–132
- Kosmides, Timoleon: Providing-Verträge. Systematik und Methodologie der Bestimmung von Rechtsnatur und Rechtsfolgen, München 2010
- Zahrnt, Christoph: IT-Projektverträge: Rechtliche Grundlagen, dpunkt, 2008

assessment methods and criteria

final exam

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and discussion of tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Claus Volke

year of study


recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable