37010-V Digital Economy and Society, 6 cr

Intermediate studies
Teaching language: 
Course Description: 

We live in a digital world. Commercial law plays a key role in the development of digital economy. On this course, we explore some of the key aspects of digital economy through the lens of commercial law. We will also study its wider impact on society. Since the context is digital, this course has no lectures in class and the exam is an e-exam in an examination studio. Digital economy raises even many exciting funding and corporate governance questions that will be discussed in 37026-V Corporate Governance and Innovation.

Learning Goal: 

You have knowledge of the main legal aspects of digital platforms, electronic commerce, the internet of things (such as technical platforms, artificial intelligence and robots), the use of blockchain, and digital data issues (such as cybersecurity, integrity and data protection). You are aware of the societal impact of digital economy and the role of governance in digital society and economy.

After completing the course, you will be able to: 
  • describe the main commercial law aspects of digital economy relating to electronic commerce, digital platforms, and data;
  • describe the objectives of regulators and firms in this context;
  • apply legal tools and practices in digital economy.
International Learning Experience: 

While markets in digital economy are global, on this course you will focus on commercial law in Europe.

Total Student Workload: 

160 hours divided into
scheduled (contact) hours: 0 h
non-scheduled work: 160 h


Lecture notes and links to readings in Moodle (obligatory).

Literature and Course Material: 

A reading list with required readings will be provided in each Moodle lecture during the course. There will be links to readings in Moodle.


An e-exam (100 %).

Recommended Time of Performance: 

Second or third year of bachelor studies.

Non-degree studies (Open University, JOO and Contract Studies): 

Open University Quota: 3
Quota for JOO-students: 3