Alexander Stremitzer: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Prof. Dr. Alexander Stremitzer
FieldLaw, Economics und Business
Professur für Recht und Ökonomie
ETH Zürich, IFW E 49
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 40 08
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

851-0708-00LIntroduction to Law
Introduction to Law as GESS Compulsory Elective Course:
Students who have attended or will attend the lecture "Introduction to Law for Architecture" (851-0703-01L), "Introduction to Law for Civil Engineering" (851-0703-03L) or " Introduction to Law" (851-0703-00) , cannot register for this course unit.

Particularly suitable for students of D-HEST, D-MAVT, D-MATL, D-USYS.
2 credits2VA. Stremitzer
AbstractThis class introduces students to basic features of the legal system. Questions of constitutional and administrative law, contract law, tort law, corporate law, intellectual property law, as well as procedural law are covered.
ObjectiveIntroduction to fundamental questions of public and private law which serves as a foundation for more advanced law classes.
Content1. Öffentliches Recht
Staatsrecht: Funktion und Quellen des Rechts, Aufbau und Organisation des Staates, Grundrechte, Grundzüge des Völker- und Europarechts. Verwaltungsrecht: Verwaltungsverhältnis, Verfügung, Verwaltungsorganisation, Durchsetzung des Verwaltungsrechts, Verwaltungsverfahrensrecht, Grundzüge des Polizei-, Umwelt- und Raumplanungsrechts.

2. Privatrecht
Vertragsrecht: Vertragsfreiheit, Vertragsentstehung, -erfüllung und -verletzung, Grundzüge des Kauf- und Mietvertrags. Haftungsrecht: Verschuldenshaftung und Kausalhaftung, Beschränkung der Haftung. Grundzüge des Gesellschafts,- Immaterialgüter- und Zivilprozessrechts.
LiteratureWeiterführende Informationen sind auf der Moodle-Lernumgebung zur Vorlesung erhältlich (s.
851-0732-01LWorkshop and Lecture Series in Law and Economics2 credits2SA. Stremitzer
AbstractThe Workshop and Lectures Series in Law and Economics is a joint seminar of ETH Zurich and the Universities of Basel, Lucerne, St. Gallen and Zurich. Legal, economics, and psychology scholars will give a lecture and/or present their current research. All speakers are internationally well-known experts from Europe, the U.S. and beyond.
ObjectiveAfter the workshop and lecture series, participants should be acquainted with interdisciplinary approaches in law and economics. They should also have an overview of current topics of international research in this area.
ContentThe workshop and lecture series will present a mix of speakers who represent the wide range of current social science research methods applied to law. In particular, theoretical models, empirical and experimental research as well as legal research methods will be represented. This series is held each spring semester. In the fall semester, the series is complemented by two specialized law-and-economics series, one on law & finance and one on innovation.
Lecture notesTo be discussed papers are posted in advance on the course web page (
851-0744-00LResearch Paper in Law and Tech Restricted registration - show details
There is no need for a written application for students who have taken the pre-requisite Law & Tech course. For students who believe they have the requisite background, they should email Link with a summary of why they believe they have the relevant background knowledge as well as what topic they would be interested in to address with a research paper.
1 credit1SA. Stremitzer, J. Merane, A. Nielsen
AbstractA seminar to produce original research with a law and economics foundation on topics related to the intersection of law and technology. This seminar is specifically designed to help students in the sciences conduct interdisciplinary research and writing that can speak to the social science and legal communities about important topics emerging from science and technology.
ObjectiveThis seminar assists students in developing original research on topics related to law and technology. Students will:
Learn how to identify important and cutting edge topics in law and technology
Develop high quality interdisciplinary research
Produce a final work product preparatory to publication or a product launch
ContentThe form and content of each student project will be discussed early in the semester, and the semester will be spent developing the student research topic with feedback from instructors and from peers.

Topics will vary according to student interest, but example scholarly content will also be read and discussed, addressing the following topics
Regulations for trustworthy AI
A review of the feasibility of enforcing deepfake legislation
Competition law and proprietary data sets
Privacy-preserving navigational tools
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse is open only to students who have completed the fall Law & Tech course or with special permission of the lecturer