The first multinational DDM4SME Summer School on Data Economy Law started today with 25 participants from four continents. The one-week attendance phase in Reichenau an der Rax was preceded by a two-week online preparation phase. During the Summer School, selected modules of the new LL.M. Data Economy Law (starting October 2023) will be piloted and led by 14 lecturers from the partner universities. The Summer School offers in-depth lectures on selected Data Economy issues as well as application-oriented case studies.
After a brief welcome adress by Prof. Clemens Appl (Project Coordinator) the first day started with an introduction to the field of data and law. Vice-rector of Masaryk University Brno, Prof Radim Polcak introduced the participants to the topic of data and law around the central question if “beauty or truth” should be valued more. Prof Andeas Wiebe, from University of Goettingen continued the day with an in-depth presentation covering the legal control mechanism of data and analyzing critically the respective European regulatory framework. In the afternoon, Prof Philipp Homar from University of Linz and Prof Matej Myska and Prof Pavel Koukal, both from Masaryk University Brno, focused on the question how the access to data is legally governed. The participants learned about the concept of open data, text and data mining and trade secrets. After the presentations a lively and vibrant discussion arose which not only challenged our participants but also the lecturer.
Apart from the academic program, participants enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and traditional Austrian food. A lot of new friends were made, legal issues were discussed, and everyone had a great time.
We are looking forward for a great week and a lot of great experiences with this fantastic group.