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European Private Law and modern technologies

Discover private law in light of modern digital technologies and find out how to navigate digital contracts, artificial intelligence, legal data protection and cybercrime

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CIVIS focus area
Digital and Technological transformation
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Business and Management
  • Computer Science and IT
  • Law
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
1 February - 12 April 2024

The course will try to explain to students what the most important points of digitally concluded contracts are, as well as what legal problems may arise from them. Legal choices made by artificial intelligences will also be part of the program. Likewise, issues of security and privacy of digital data and possible related cyber crimes will be addressed. 

Main topics addressed

  • Contracts concluded digitally
  • Smart Contracts
  • Law during the digital age
  • Digital exchange platforms and contracts
  • Data protection
  • Cybercrime
  • Law and the internet

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to acquire basic theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of:

  • digital contracts and mart contracts
  • computerized trading platforms
  • artificial intelligences and decisions about law
  • protection of sensitive data online
  • cybercrimes in the field of private law
Dates: 1 February - 12 April 2024 Total workload: 140 hours
Format: Blended ECTS: 5*
Location: Salzburg, Austria Language: English (B1)

*Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.

Physical mobility

The physical mobility week will be hosted in Salzburg, Austria, between 8-12 April 2024. During these days, we will have an in-depth study of all the topics covered during the online part. There will also be exercises with students and workshops treating practical cases.

In addition, there will be newtork meetings for students to get to know each other and for them to get to know the professors directly. During the physical part there will be lectures by different specialists in the subject.

Virtual part

During the virtual part in February, there will be introductory lectures on the following topics:

  • 1-2 february 2024: General introduction to the Law of internet
  • 8 February 2024: Digitally Concluded Contracts
  • 9 February 2024: Smart Contracts
  • 15 February 2024: Law in the Digital World
  • 16 February 2024: Digital Exchange Platforms and Contracts
  • 22 February 2024: Data Protection
  • 23 February 2024: Cybercrimes
  • 29 February 2024: Law and Internet


This course is open to Bachelor's, Master's and PhD's students at CIVIS member universities with basic knowledge of private law, basic computer skills, basic digital-related social skills. The specific field of studies for this program is "Internet Law and Digital Law".

Knowledge af English (B1), German and Italian are required, along with skills such as analysis of legal problems, critical case-solving reasoning, knowledge of basic rules, data analysis, and knowledge of the digital world with regard to its law-related aspects.

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.

Students from CIVIS’ strategic partner universities in Africa cannot apply for participation in this course.

Application process

Send your application by filling in the online application form by 7 November 2023, including:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter

Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic background and motivation. 

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Students will be evaluated on the basis of course attendance and on the basis of two Workshops that will take place during the in-person phase.

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

GDPR Consent

The CIVIS alliance and its member universities will treat the information you provide with respect. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information on our privacy practices. By applying to this course you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

  • Prof. Giovanni di Lorenzor is professor of Private law at Sapienza Università di Roma
  • Prof. Erik Van den Haute is professor of Comparative private law at the Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Prof. Daniele Mattiangeli is professor of Roman law and history of law at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
  • Prof. Georgios Yannopoulos is professor of Internet law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Several professors from the Law School in Salzburg, specialized in the law of the cyber and digital world, will also attend.