Minor Digital IP and Law



  • Campus Trotabas, Nice
  • Online




 20 students

  • Jean-Sylvestre Bergé (Université Côte d'Azur, Institut Universitaire de France)
  • Frédéric Marty (Université Côte d'Azur, GREDEG)
  • Brad Spitz (lawyer, Realex Avocats)
  • Eva Thelisson (co-founder and CEO of the AI Transparency Institute)
The digitalization of society raises new concerns related to property (data property, intellectual property) and calls for new regulations to define the framework for future digital data and services exploitation protecting both citizens and companies.

This course covers three Law topics related to Intellectual Property and Digitalization:
  • Personal data protection
    The collection, processing and exploitation of data is at the heart of the digitalization of commercial and civil exchanges. This new reality is at the origin of new rights and obligations, including the entry into force of the General Regulation on Data Protection in Europe (GDPR). This part of the course is intended to draw up an inventory of current regulations in this area and its practical consequences for companies.
  • Intellectual Property law (software production law, copyright, open source)
    The development of IT, with its new developments (AI, Blockchain, smart contract), is at the heart of technological innovation. These technologies can be considered as property objects for the benefit of their creators. This part of the course is intended to reveal the mechanisms of intellectual property and, more specifically, those dedicated to the protection of digital innovations.
  • Internet law (competition law, consumer protection, contractual law)
    The dematerialization of trade and the algorithmic-driven competition are at the heart of economic development in the 21st century. This new reality, unavoidable, upsets the standards of contractual relationships and competitive positioning strategies. This part of the course is targeting students who are keen to master the fundamentals of the regulations applicable to online sales and to competition between and within digital ecosystems.
  • B. Spitz: Essay on a given topic  - Deadline: March, 2nd - 15% of the final grade
  • F. Marty: Home Case study - Deadline: March, 17th - 30% of the final grade
  • J.-S. Bergé: Reverse case studies (home written report) - Deadline: March, 28th - 30% of the final grade
  • E. Thelisson: Home Quizz - Deadline: April, 7th - 15% of the final grade


Mind the evaluation modalities and deadlines in the "Evaluation" tab above.

Spring 2022


Time slot

Course title



Fev 24 9h00-13h00 Personal data protection Brad Spitz Campus Trotabas, room 402
Mar 3 9h00-13h00 The contestability of dominant positions in digital markets Frédéric Marty Campus Trotabas, room 402
Mar 10 9h00-13h00 Algorithms and anticompetitive practices Frédéric Marty Campus Trotabas, room 402
Mar 17 9h00-12h00 Session 1. The concept of “Dataphere” : new space – new relationship between territories. Key concepts: Datasphere – Space – Territory Jean-Sylvestre Bergé Campus Trotabas, room 402
Mar 24 9h00-13h00 Session 2. The concept of “Dataphere” : The hypothesis of data flows beyond Control Jean-Sylvestre Bergé Campus Trotabas, room 402
Mar 31 9h00-13h00 Challenges of intellectual property rights in the digital age Eva Thelisson Campus Trotabas, room to be confirmed