01 Oct 2019

New course “Legal aspects of digital economy in the EU”

New course “Legal aspects of digital economy in the EU”

Prof. Janja Hojnik offers a new elective course “Legal aspects of digital economy in the EU” on the Master’s program European Legal Studies in the academic year 2019/2020.



Content (Syllabus outline):

I: Introduction:

–        Basic concepts: digital technology, digital economy, digital goods, digital services, fourth industrial revolution, servitization of manufacturing;

–        Access-based consumption;

–        Internal market and digital single market of the EU;

II. General part:

–        Institutional aspects of regulating digital economy (regulation at EU level, at national level, self-regulation);

–        EU industrial policy and national digital strategies;

–        Digital goods as a category of goods or services on the EU market;

–        VAT treatment of digital content in the EU;

–        »Free services« as a new form of market goods;

–        Fundamental rights in the digital economy;

–        Competition law and digital economy;

–        Consumer protection and digital economy;

–        Environmental protection and digital economy;

–        Workers and digital economy;

–        Intellectual property in digital economy;

–        Legal aspects of price discrimination on single market (geo-blocking);

III.             Specific part:

–        Legal aspects of sharing (collaborative) economy (Uber, AirBnb, crowdfunding);

–        Legal aspects of electronic commerce;

–        Legal aspects of internet of things

–        Legal aspects of 3D printing

–        Legal aspects of eHealth

–        Legal aspects of cloud manufacturing

–        Legal aspects of Big Data

–        Legal aspects of autonomous cars and drones.




Objectives and competences:

The purpose of this course is to explore a number of legal issues (and associated cultural and social issues) which are related to the digital economy. The first half of the course considers horizontal substantive legal issues related to digital economy, while the second half explores legal aspects o specific forms of business models and technological concepts related to digital economy. The focus of the course is upon the EU regulation in this field, while following Slovenian implementing regulation, as well as taking into consideration comparative developments in other jurisdictions, primarily in the USA.

Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding:


On completion of this course, the student will have:

–  a deeper knowledge of debates on the regulation of the digital economy, including where control is exercised and the role of different institutions (including supranational and intergovernmental organisations);

–  an appreciation of the differences between technology-specific forms of regulation and laws of general application;

–  the vindication of fundamental rights in a context of technological change and rapid economic development.

The course provides students with coherent and specialist training in one of the most rapidly developing areas of law. With its focus on the supranational, international and comparative aspects of law related to the digital economy, the course provides basic understanding of contemporary developments in the field of digital economy for various profiles of students, not only lawyers, but also students of business and economy, medicine, engineers, natural sciences and other fields of studies that are affected by the development of the digitalisation of economy.

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