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EDI 3620 Digital Business Law

EDI 3620 Digital Business Law

Course code: 
EDI 3620
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Milos Novovic
Course name in Norwegian: 
Digital Business Law
Product category: 
Bachelor of Digital Business - Programme course
2025 Spring
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

This course introduces students to a broad set of legal rules governing the daily operations of a digital business.

The course will provide students with a basic understanding of legal methodology and legal sources, introducing students to the study of law. The students will learn to identify and apply relevant legal sources to resolve practical issues their business may be facing.

One of the areas of law that saw a change due to the widespread adoption of technology is contract law. The course will explore the core requirements for entering into digital contracts, as well as different ways in which advancements in technology can be used to facilitate contract negotiation, adoption, interpretation, and enforcement of contracts, both in business-to-business and consumer contexts.

The course will also introduce students to core European instruments regulating sales of digital goods and services, preparing them to work with digital sales. This will also be supplanted by an overview of the rules on the role of digital platforms allowing consumers to purchase the goods directly, or allowing other businesses to enter into contracts with consumers.

Students will also learn the basics of intellectual property law to gain an overview of how a business can use the assets of others, as well as protect its own. Protection of personal data - and privacy in general - remains a core topic when designing digital products and services. Students will therefore be introduced to core regulations pertaining to this field, with a large focus on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The course will have a heavy emphasis on challenges posed by new technologies, such as machine learning and Al. The course will have a heavy emphasis on case studies and other forms of practical work.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After attending the course, the student will have acquired knowledge of:

  • Basics of legal methodology
  • Basics of contract law and use of technology for negotiating, entering into and checking compliance with B2B and consumer contracts
  • Rules on sales of digital goods and services
  • Intellectual property law and protection of IP assets
  • Core issues in privacy and data protection, with a focus on the GDPR
  • Basics of intermediary liability regulation
  • Legal challenges posed by emerging and new technologies, such as machine learning and Al
Learning outcomes - Skills

After attending the courses, the student will have learned how to:

  • Recognize core issues stemming from the use of digital services;
  • Identify core problems related to offering goods and services online;
  • Provide advice on digital contracting;
  • Recognize subject matter subject to copyright protection, and understand the general scope of exclusive rights conferred on owners;
  • Provide advice on the lawful use of computer databases and computer programs;
  • Give advice on legal basis for processing of personal data under GDPR;
  • Apply legal methodology to recognize problems stemming from the use of new technologies
General Competence

After attending the courses, the student will have the following general competence:

  • Understand the central regulatory instruments in the digital world;
  • Be able to use legal methodology to recognize problems emerging from use of the existing and new technological solution;
  • Be able to critically reflect on ethical and legal dilemmas stemming from use of advanced digital tools, such as machine learning and Al.
Course content

The course will contain the following topics:

  • Introduction to legal methodology. Legal writing.
  • Basics of contract law. Sale of digital goods and services.
  • Business-to-business and consumer contracts.
  • Introduction to intellectual property law.
  • Introduction to privacy and the GDPR.
  • Digital platforms and intermediary liability. Net neutrality and cross-border content portability.
  • Law and new technologies, in particular AI.
Teaching and learning activities

A variety of learning methods will be used, from regular lectures to webinars, and discussions of cases and questions on digital platform in class.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
Exam/hand-in semester: 
First Semester
2 Week(s)
Exam code: 
EDI 36201
Grading scale: 
Examination every semester
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
36 Hour(s)
Feedback activities and counselling
5 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
76 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
3 Hour(s)
Prepare for teaching
20 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.