intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year
Course Type and Contact Hours
Distance learning course (online) & one live session (3 hrs)
5 (if exam has been passed)
This course will be held at irregular intervals, rather in the winter term than in the summer term. It will be available in the winter term 2019/20.
Time Schedule and Course Venue
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft" in order to access the Law courses.
It is not anymore about having an electronic business or a traditional business.
It is all about having an electronic business or no business at all.
Under the heading "Electronic Commerce" and more recently "Mobile Commerce", companies pursue a vast number of commercial activities. In doing so, businesses face legal problems in nearly all traditional areas of the law (such as contracts, torts, constitutional law, administrative law, intellectual property, etc.). Additionally, companies have to consider a number of issues that are specific to doing business via the Internet and mobile networks either because of technology specific aspects (e.g., signing a contract on a small cell phone screen electronically) or because traditional legal issues have a far greater practical dimension in cyberspace (e.g., trademarks). We will approach these eBusiness specific issues in our lecture on Electronic Commerce by following a traditional business in its endeavor to transit from an existing offline business to a modern online business. For best illustration, we will take one of the most basic and low-technology industries that you can imagine: A fishing outfitter who provides services (accommodation and guides) and simple goods (fishing equipment) for sale and rent. We will accompany the transition into Electronic and Mobile Commerce step by step in order to address the most relevant legal issues in a systematic and structured manner. In doing so, we will of course look at cases and materials that concern other, more technologically sophisticated industries such as the computer and entertainment industry. Due to their core know-how and financial strength, these industries naturally occupied the electronic and mobile commerce field much earlier. Yet, we will find that most of the legal challenges faced by high tech businesses are also relevant for any other business that goes online - even if it is as traditional and technologically simple as a fishing outfitter.
Objective of the lecture will be to familiarize students with the typical legal problems in electronic and mobile commerce around the world. Topics covered will include intellectual property, contracts, competition, commercial, and data privacy law. Method of teaching will be the introduction of hypotheticals and brand new cases and their review under applicable laws as well as economic and policy considerations.
Apart from our "live" session, the course can be conducted completely online, that is, you will work remotely via the course website through various tasks and materials, and contact the professor with any questions you may have by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
The course materials are available from www.prof-determann.info and consist of problems, applicable statutes and precedents. You can download the zip file.
no (that means that everyone who signs up for this course in time can take part in this course)
(1) via Campus Management and (2) via e-mail
(1) Campus ManagementYou will find this course under "Study Program Themis & Overseas - Module 8"registration period: 1 October - 1 November 2019
final deadline: 2 November 2019 (As the lecture period at Freie Universität Berlin starts on October 14, 2019, early registrations are strongly recommended.)
De-Registration from this Course
(1) via Campus Management and (2) via e-mail
(1) Campus Management
regular drop period: 1 October - 1 November 2019
After the regular drop period you can only 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
You will have to complete 5 multiple choice quizzes and two essays in the course of the semester. Essays are due before December 31, 2019.
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).