The Future of Data Governance: Sharing, Accessing, Securing and Protecting Data (Seminar)

Lecturer (assistant)
  • Christian Djeffal
  • David Rebohl
Duration2 SWS
TermSommersemester 2023
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline

Admission information


Upon successful completion of this module, students should be able to: • learn basic terms and get a comprehensible overview of these dynamic matters. In each case, questions that are relevant for students and that they can ideally apply will be discussed in greater depth. • reflect on specific regulatory choices and their intended and unintended impacts • develop problem awareness and the ability to express themselves. • reflect on the respective choices made in a legal argument and link it to important concepts of constitutional magnitude • acquire basic knowledge of law and legal methods that can also be of use to them in other contexts and that are very profitable for graduates of TUM in higher employment. However, this knowledge is to be woven into the course in such a way that students discuss central questions such as interpretation or the European theory of legal sources where they are relevant. In this way, the basic educational mandate is also fulfilled, which does justice to the guiding principle of independent-thinking human-centered engineering.


The course provides comprehensive overview overimportant aspects of data governance and data law. The aim is to train students in socially responsible use of data and thus, provide them with a good understanding of the most important areas of data law. Data law includes not only the particularly important area of data protection law, but also IT security law, the emerging law of data sharing, data access and open data law. Today, data protection law has become an important and indispensable prerequisite for activities in organizations. Particularly in business, the GDPR has become a "boardroom issue" due to the relatively high fines, which can be as high as 4% of annual turnover for a data protection breach, so basic knowledge in this field is of great benefit. Likewise, IT security law is enjoying growing importance. However, modern data law goes much further than these areas. Especially in the public sector, but also in the area of research data, there are increasingly far-reaching transparency obligations and obligations to publish. Data sharing infrastructures are also under legislative discussion, particularly as a result of the Data Governance Act. In addition, there is an intensive discussion about data access obligations.


No previous knowledge expected

Teaching and learning methods

The course is structured in two phases that interconnect and support each other. One part of the course will consist of a lecture where the students will have the chance to familiarize themselves with all the important theoretical concepts and information within the fields of data governance and regulation. The second part of the course consists of a reoccurring tutorial. In this part of the lecture, the knowledge acquired in the lecture will be enhanced and deepened in an interactive way. The students will work on real-life cases related to the topics of the class. • Literature reviews help students to understand and categorize relevant major regulatory approaches and key legal concepts • In-class discussions, including mini moot courts (small argumentative exercises with preconceived roles) and case studies of specific artefacts, will train students to display and discuss a legal issue, help to develop and argue for a solution, and to provide them with jurisprudential reflection skills • Online videos help them to prepare for classes


Students will write three mandatory briefings throughout the course two of which will count towards their final grade. Those briefings will contain up to 1200 words.

Recommended literature

Streinz, Thomas, The Evolution of European Data Law (January 18, 2021). Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca (eds), The Evolution of EU Law (OUP, 3rd edn 2021), 902-936, Available at SSRN: or [Titel anhand dieser DOI in Citavi-Projekt übernehmen]