Munich Summer Program Course Descriptions

Please take note of the evaluation methods for each course, noted at the end of the course description.

Internet Law
Professor Marketa Trimble

In this course, we will analyze a variety of internet law topics through the prism of a single theme: the conflict between the territoriality of political-legal structures and the ubiquity of the internet. The architecture of the internet, at least in its initial form, defied the territorial limits within which national legal systems operate; however, national legal systems do not yield easily to the ubiquity of the medium. The goal of the course is to investigate whether and how the architecture of the internet has affected the territorial functioning of national legal systems and whether and how the territoriality of national legal systems has shaped the internet since its inception as a mass medium of communication and commerce. The topics discussed in the course will be, for example, the scope of countries’ jurisdiction and power on the internet and over the internet, the reinstatement of borders through geolocation and geoblocking on the internet, and alternatives to national legal systems as forms of governance of the internet and on the internet. These are the issues that define the internet law of the current decade. (Examination)

Information Privacy Law
Professor Mikolaj Rogowski

This course will introduce the theoretical background of data protection/privacy as well as explore the key legal concepts and relevant case law. We will examine data protection/privacy under U.S. law with a comparative view of European Union law, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the E-Privacy Directive & Regulation. The course will also include discussions on data protection/privacy issues in the context of the Internet, electronic communications, and social media.

Selected Topics in Intellectual Property Law (Comparative Patent Eligibility)
Professor Dan Burk

This course will consider how such problems have been addressed on each side of the Atlantic.   We will consider how patent eligibility has been addressed under U.S. law, EU law, the European Patent Convention, and selected national laws. This course will also discuss some of the larger economic, institutional, and social policy considerations underlying different approaches.

Copyright and the Changing Role of the Copy
Professor Bob Brauneis

This class seeks to gain insight into the future of copyright law and of the dissemination of culture and information by considering major historical changes, as well as insights from economics, art theory, and media studies. Topics covered will include the development of mass reproduction; the introduction of copies that are only perceptible with the aid of machines; fixation of performances through audio and visual recording; digital performances that require incidental fixation; the application of the distribution right and the first sale doctrine to electronic dissemination; and proposals to redefine the exclusive rights granted to authors.