Module Exemination Digital Law

About the Exam

Module 7 - Digital Law of the LLB programme International Law provides you with knowledge on issues related to the digitalisation and law. On the one hand, the influence of digitalisation on the legal system itself is examined (Legal Tech). On the other hand, the module will give an introduction to the regulation of digital technologies (IT Law).

The module is concluded by a written exam for 8 ECTS credits. The requirement for this is the completion of the introductory and orientation phase (StEOP). The sample timetable for the degree programme places the examination in the 3rd semester. However, if the requirements are met, it can be taken either before or after this semester.

To prepare for the exam, a lecture "Digital Law" will be held from summer semester 2022 onwards.

This literature recommendation is therefore only valid for the exams in March and April 2022. Different conditions might apply to the exams thereafter. 

Exam Dates

Winter Semester 2021/22

  • Mo, 22 November 2021, 09.00
  • Fr, 28 January 2022, 14.00

Summer Semester 2022

  • Tu, 01 March 2022, 09.00 Uhr
  • Mo, 25 April 2022, 14.00 Uhr
  • Fr, 24 June 2021, 17.00 Uhr


The exam is held in written form, online via Moodle. It takes 90 minutes and is held in English. The exam consists of several multiple choice and open questions.

The questions come in approximately equal parts from the four specified subject areas. The exam is designed as an open book examination. This means that you may and should research in all sources available to you during the examination. However, cooperation with third parties is not permitted. 

You will receive more information on the exact examination procedure after the registration.

Subject Areas

Legal Tech

  • Operation of the most common Austrian and International legal research databases
  • Legal Tech and effects of digitalisation on the legal system
  • Digitalisation in the judiciary
  • Electronic signatures and e-government law


Data protection law

  • Fundamental rights aspects of data protection
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Transposition of GDPR opening clauses in Austria
  • Transposition of the e-privacy directive in Austria and a future e-privacy regulation


Platform law

  • E-Commerce Law and intermediary liability
  • Fundamentals of protection of personal rights in Austria
  • New approaches to platform regulation in Austria, Europe and internationally (KoPlG, NetzDG, Digital Services Act DSA, Digital Markets Act DMA)


Intellectual property rights in information society

  • Copyright law (esp. the transposition of the DSM-directive)
  • Trademark law
  • "Data ownership" and rights relating to data



In preparation for the module exam Digital Law, the following lectures are recommended:



For Legal Tech

PDF document „Einführung in Legal Tech“ [coming soon]


For data protection law

  • Forgó (Hrsg.) Grundriss Datenschutzrecht1 (2018).
  • Jahnel/Pallwein-Prettner, Datenschutzrecht3 (2021).
  • Krzysztofek, GDPR: personal data protection in the European Union1 (2021).


For platform law

  • Koziol, Providerhaftung nach ECG und MedienG, in REM 9: Persönlichkeitsschutz in elektronischen Massenmedien,
  • Cole/Etteldorf/Ullrich, Cross-Border Dissemination of Online Content, Chapter 3,
  • Tereszkiewicz in DiMatteo/Cannarsa/Poncibò, The Cambridge Handbook of Smart Contracts, Blockchain Technology and Digital Platforms, 8 - Digital Platforms, 143,
  • Achleitner, Illegale Inhalte und Internetgiganten, ecolex 2021/329.
  • Fischer/Kettemann/Rachinger, Ein sanfter Riesenbändiger, ÖJZ 2020/125.
  • Zankl/Knaipp, Hass im Netz, ecolex 2021/146.


For intellectual property law

  • Ratka/Rauter/Völkl, Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht4 (2020) Bd I, Teil 5 – Immaterialgüter-recht.
  • Wiebe (Hrsg.), Wettbewerbs- und Immaterialgüterrecht4 (2018), Abschnitt Zwei, Markenrecht, Urhe-berrecht, Rechtsdurchsetzung.
  • Further reading: Pila/Torremans, European Intellectual Property Law2 (2019).
  • Thouvenin/Tamò-Larrieux, Data Ownership and Data Access Rights in Burri, Global Perspectives on Digital Trade Governance, 316 ff,
  • Further reading: Klammer, Dateneigentum (2019).
  • Handig, Die neue RL über das Urheberrecht im digitalen Binnenmarkt, ÖBl 2019/56.
  • Moreno, ‘Upload filters’ and human rights: implementing Article 17 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 2020/153,


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó
Univ.-Ass. Mag. Paul Eberstaller