JJUS00014U EU Digital Contracts and Digital Consumer Law
The course aims to provide a practical overview of e-contracts and digital consumer protection. Given the expansion of digital services and products, the course is relevant for all students who wish to seek a career as practicing lawyers or in‐house counsels in law firms or companies active on the EU internal market and abroad, but also for those who will undertake positions in public agencies, policy making departments of governmental institutions or NGOs across the EU.
It analyzes the most relevant areas of concern regarding protection of consumers in the digital space:
‐ electronic commerce and distance selling,
‐ e-contracts and smart contracts
- digital currency and financial protection,
‐ protection of private data of consumers
‐ the use of digital space in consumer related matters
‐ electronic ADR of consumer disputes in light of their impact on the effectiveness of consumer protection in cross border or internet based transactions.
Given the expansion of digital services and products, the course is relevant for all students who wish to seek a career as practicing lawyers or in‐house counsels in law firms or companies active on the EU internal market and abroad, but also for those who will undertake positions in public agencies, policy making departments of governmental institutions or NGOs across the EU. In this manner, the course contributes in making the master degree more valuable in a practically recognizable way for the people recruiting candidates from the Faculty of Law.
The course familiarizes students not only with the understanding of black letter law but also with the policy rationale behind this particular field. Thus, it is focused both on theoretical and practical issues, as well as possible solutions, as they appear from legislation and relevant case law.
In terms of knowledge, students will be able to:
- describe and explain concepts as defined by law and developed by case law
- explain various policy considerations
- gain knowledge of legal, ethical and moral issues concerning various topics
As a result students will develop the ability to:
- understand general rules and principles of consumer digital protection law and to apply them in national and cross‐border scenarios
- identify and understand the different levels of consumer digital protection in the EU, and the effect of such discrepancies on national and transnational commerce
- analyze the policy rationales underlying the different regulatory choices and to argue on their strengths and weaknesses
At the end of the course, students will have acquired a number of competences which will enable them to:
- identify potential dangers for consumers in the digital space and possible remedies for aggrieved consumers in real life scenarios
- individually and/or jointly plan, work and handle complex cases, carry out jurisprudential analysis and prepare competent legal advice on practical issues or hypotethicals
- critically reflect on current and future developments in the field of digital protection in both a European and international context.
The course combines interactive lectures, including one by a practitioner guest speaker, with individual and group discussions as as well as exercises consisting in case ‐ analysis, case‐solving and legal drafting. At the same time, students will have the occasion to visit the Danish Consumer Ombudsman.
Jan Trzaskowski, Andrej Savin, Bjorn Lundqvist and Patrik Lindskoug –Introduction to EU Internet Law, Ex Tuto Publishing, 2nd edition, 2018.
possible, the participation of the students is expected, encouraged and appreciated. A
large part of the course consists of practical exercises where students will be asked
to analyze legal decisions, draft and prepare legal memos, consumer complaints or
defenses, and present their findings to their peers.
The teaching and learning methods will thus include:
‐ group or individual assignments
‐ case studies and hypotheticals
The course aims to make use of multiple types of feedback in order to ensure, on the one hand, the constant communication between teacher and students, and, on the other hand, that students understand what is expected of them and monitor the outcome of their work througout the course.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 min.Oral exam with preparation, 20 minutes
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- Exam period