University of Pécs – the first university in Hungary

The roots of university tradition goes back to 1367 in Pécs when the first Hungarian university was founded. The modern University of Pécs (applicant) was founded on 1st January 2000 by a merger of Janus Pannonius University, the Medicial University of Pécs, and the Illyés Gyula Teacher Training College of Szekszárd. With its ten faculties, 31,000 students, 6,300 employees and a broad range of training and degree programs at undergraduate, master and PhD levels, the dinamically developing University of Pécs plays a significant role in Hungarian higher education. Numerous EU grants have been successfully managed by University of Pécs.

University level legal education in Pécs goes back to 1367. The modern Law Faculty is also the oldest faculty of the university, it started it's activity in 1923 after the Royal Hungarian Erzsébet University was moved from Bratislava and settled in Pécs. The Faculty offers a wide range of training programmes, including undergraduate law course leading to a university degree, a legal administrator programme leading to a college diploma, postgraduate programs to offer specialized knowledge in the different fields of law, and Ph.D programme. As to international relations, the Faculty aimed at developing the legal undergraduate and Masters (LLM) training through the Tempus scholarship. The ERASMUS programme, on the other hand, promotes student mobility. Besides the large European community programmes and our traditional relations of several decades in some cases, our Faculty has also signed several bilateral and multilateral co-operation agreements in recent years (e.g. with the Universities of Tours, Graz, Wroclaw, Regensburg, Norwich, Trier, Cluj, Novisad, Osijek, Fiume), and the Faculty is a member of the European organisations ERA and ELFA.

The Research Center for Information and Communications Technology Law of Faculty of Law, University of Pécs teaches and researches all the aspects of ICT Law (data protection and freedom of information issues, information security, regulation of electronic communications, e-commerce and e-government, legal protection of software, media law etc.). The Research Center has organized many Hungarian and international conferences concerning these issues. The Research Center for ICT Law generally makes researches and gives expertise both for the academic and for the business sector, and is participated and leads many research project on privacy.

From University of Pécs four researcher, Dr. Zsolt György BALOGH, Dr. Gergely László SZŐKE, Dr. Gábor POLYÁK, and Dr. Balázs RÁTAI and two administrative staff member: Zita CSÁSZÁR and Emese KEMÉNY participate. All of the researchers has got experiences in research concerning data protection, three of them worked or work at the Office of Data Protection Officer and/or work as internal data protection officer.

The most important projects (researches and conferences) of the Research Center concerning data protection and information security in the last five years are the following:

2009: Conference on Privacy at workplace (Budapest, 23th November 2009)

2009: Dexter Kft. ‘Data protection and information security audit of the online service of Coospace Extra’

2009: National Communications Authority, ‘Data protection issues regarding the European reform of the electronic communications regulation framework’

2008: Workshop on Internal Data Protection (Budapest, 27th October, 2008)

2007: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Computer and Automation Research Institute, ‘Data protection issues concerning the reform of public administration and e-government”

The Georg-August-Universität Göttingen – Committed to Excellence

Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research university of international renown with strong focuses in research-led teaching. The University is distinguished by the rich diversity of its subject spectrum particularly in the humanities, its excellent facilities for the pursuit of scientific research, and the outstanding quality of the areas that define its profile. Approximately 24,000 young people currently study here (another 7000 at the separate Medical University), some twelve per cent of whom are from abroad – a clear demonstration of the pull that the University has long exerted internationally. Many research projects are funded by third parties. All faculties as well as the management have much experience with third party funding. The University provides its own office for managing EU grants. In 2007 the Georg-August-Universität achieved success in the Initiative of Excellence of the German Federal and State Governments with its institutional strategy for the future entitled “Göttingen. Tradition – Innovation – Autonomy”. This distinguishes Göttingen as one of the nine German universities officially rated as holding the potential for global visibility and a place amongst the foremost institutions of higher education.

The Faculty of Law of the Georg-August University is the oldest, biggest and most renowned law faculty in the German Bundesland Lower Saxony. Since its foundation it has been committed to the unity and freedom of research and education. In the past years, independent reviews of academic teaching (2008) and research (2002) have confirmed its leading position in Northern Germany. The Faculty’s goal is to establish itself as a centre for excellent legal research and education in Germany.

Institute for Business Law, Chair Prof. Dr. Andreas Wiebe (Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law, Media Law and Information and Communications Technology (Juristische Fakultät, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 6, 37073 Göttingen, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Wiebe accepted a chair at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen and has held the Chair for Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law, Media Law and Information and Communications Technology Law since May 16, 2009. At the moment his team consists of eleven staff members. From Georg-August University of Göttingen two researchers, Prof. Dr. Andreas Wiebe and Dipl.-Jur. Falk Hagedorn participate in the PAW project.

Both in research and teaching the working group’s main emphasis is on E-Commerce Law, IT–Law, Intellectual Property Law, Competition Law and several other specific issues in the field of Media Law. This includes current legal problems as well as basic and fundamental legal questions. Several publications have been pursued by members of the Working Group in the fields of Software Law, E-Commerce-Law, Data Protection Law, Intellectual Property and Competition Law. Prof. Wiebe has conceived and pursued several projects in the field of IT Law and Intellectual Property Law, funded both by national organisations as well as the EU. The latest is “Knowledge Base: Copyright” ( that resulted in an information system on copyright of 5 countries in 3 languages. A key fundament of our work is to take part in networks with institutions in Europe working in related fields.

Research projects Germany and Europe:

- Networks LEFIS, Lex Converge
- Start of the research project CONSENT with 18 partners in April 2010
- Consumer Enforcement Research Project - Improvement of consumer protection on the Internet, by order of the British government

Focusing CEE - Network New Member States

-"Vienna Group" - Cooperation with the universities Brno (Czech Republic),
Pecs (Hungary), Bratislava and Kosice (Slovakia), Wroclaw (Polen),
Vienna University of Economics and Business
- Annual implementation of a Summer School on European Information Law
- Annual implementation of the scientific conference "Lex Informatica",
as of 2010 in Göttingen
- Göttingen International Colloquium on IT and Law

Focusing China

- Development of Copyright Law and industrial property rights in China
- Close cooperation with the institute for german-chinese Law
- Research project EU-China IPR2-Project - Legislative Reform of Copyright
- Research project Co-Reach - 5 partner, including the China Academy of
Social Science, Intellectual Property Center, Start in autumn 2009

Focusing U.S.-American Law

- Intellectual Property and ICT
- Transatlantic Information Law Symposium
- Dialogue on legal methodology (economic analysis, systems theory)