Teaching in Summer Semester 2020


Dear students and colleagues,

due to the current developments on the corona virus, the rectorate has cancelled attendance in teaching starting from 11 March 2020 until presumably 30 June 2020. Further information on alternative digital distance learning methods is available here. Please check your emails regularly via u:account and have a look at Moodle.

Events announced during this period are cancelled unless you have been notified of a digital alternative. Updates on the events are available here "News/Events".

The Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law offers a wide range of different courses, many of them in cooperation with universities, law firms and various other institutions.

The goal of the Department is to prepare the students for their professional and personal future. We believe that technology will change the way a future lawyer, judge or other legal expert will work. It will be essential for our students to have a basic understanding of how technology changes the law and the way legal research and practice has been conducted so far. Thus, we try to provide our students with technical and transdisciplinary knowledge and teach them to deal with legal problems in an interdisciplinary and international manner.

As an interdisciplinary department we offer a variety of courses, i.e. on data protection, IT law (especially European IT law), copyright law or Artificial Intelligence. Most of the courses offered are electives, however the course "Legal Research" is mandatory for every student of the Law School. Once a year, together with FH Campus Wien we organise a university course in the form of a Hackathon. There, law and computer science students cooperate to develop Legal Tech tools by using different programming languages. The goal is to come up with ideas that support lawyers, judges, legal interns and other legal professionals to make their everyday´s work more efficient by developing tools that - for example - automise repetitive processes. The winners of the Hackathon will be given the opportunity to present their product at the "Legal Startup Day", an event where various experts from different fields and startup founders give keynotes on topics such as digitalisation in the legal sector, blockchain, big data or legal tech. In the summer term 2020 the winners were invited to present their product in our podcast "Ars Boni".

For all questions regarding university courses, in particular administrative unclarities, please contact the secretariat.


Thesis agreements with Professor Forgó:

Only those persons and papers are supervised whose scientific capacity and ability to connect to the work of the Department can be assessed on the basis of their own previous experience. A dissertation agreement with Professor Forgó will therefore only be possible after the successful completion of a two-phase process.

In the first phase, please make youself known by us - also with a written paper. This is possible within the framework of the LL.M programme for information and media law and/or within the framework of a seminar (depending on the individual situation either as diploma student or as a doctoral candidate).

After successful completion of this phase, the proposed topic and the individual work steps and plans must again be presented in a seminar, this time for doctorial candidates in any case, publicly defended and written out.

Only after successful completion of this phase, after an individual discussion on further procedures (with topics such as time frame, financing, integration of the project into the individual´s career planning as well as into the research focus of the  Department), will there be a basic willingness to conclude a dissertation agreement.

During the writing phase, you are expected to maintain regular contact with the Department - especially by participating in internal seminars for doctoral students and in other scientific events at the Department.