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Data Privacy Law

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Teaching Mode

Online course with self-study chapters
One live session (4 hours) with face-to-face teaching on campus, probably on 31 May 2024 at 1 pm or a few days earlier (to be determined by 15 April 2024)

Contact Hours

Apart from the face-to-face live session on campus, students will not have to be online during regular course hours. All content will be available at any time.

Class Schedule

The class hours and the room for the live session will be announced in our electronic course catalogue.

Class Materials

The course materials consist of a collection of cases and reading materials (Determann Privacy Law - Cases & Materials), posted at www.prof-determann.info, which will be updated by April 15, 2024. Students have to work through the cases and materials independently and answer a series of quizzes that they will receive via email. 


5 (if exam has been passed)


This course is being taught at irregular intervals.

Course Description

More and more companies and government agencies find themselves in the press and courtrooms for data privacy and security law violations. Given the rapidly increasing technological options to collect and commercialize personal data, this area of the law is rapidly growing. This course will prepare law students for the challenges and opportunities of international data privacy law, with a particular focus on United States Federal / California privacy law and European Union / German data protection law.

Objective of the lectures is to familiarize students with the typical legal problems arising from the conflicting interests in data and privacy in today's global economy and society, in particular in the areas of law enforcement, commerce, media and employment. The significance and practical relevance of domestic, international and foreign national laws is rapidly increasing for individuals, government officials, businesspeople, attorneys, judges, and legislators around the world. We will look at how data processing and laws affect individual privacy in the various areas, including government and private surveillance, press reporting, commercial treatment of financial, health and communications information, and direct marketing.

Topics covered include common law, constitutional and statutory rights and obligations regarding data privacy, data security and legal protection for databases under California, U.S. Federal, European Union, public international and other countries' laws, including, for example, the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework, rules on spamming, wiretapping, homeland security surveillance, and employee monitoring.

Any questions - please email lothardetermann@outlook.com and frances.say@bakermckenzie.com.

Good luck and enjoy the course.

Restricted Enrollment

no (that means that everyone who signs up for this course in time can take part in this course)

Course Registration

It will not be possible for the students themselves to sign up for this course on Campus Management.
Please inform Professor Determann that you wish to take part in this course by sending an e-mail to lothardetermann@outlook.com AND to frances.say@bakermckenzie.com before 3 April 2024. An earlier registration is strongly recommended.
The ultimate registration deadline for remaining seats is 15 April 2024. 
The Examination Office will sign you up for this course on Campus Management in May, once it has received the participant list from Professor Determann.

De-Registration from this Course

You may drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam and Exam Period

Grades will be awarded based on multiple choice quizzes and one major written assignment (essay style assessment on research questions), which students have to complete and submit by 4 July 2024. Please always turn in your assignments via e-mail to lothardetermann@outlook.com and frances.say@bakermckenzie.com.

Registration for the Exam

Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management