Alexander Stremitzer: Katalogdaten im Herbstsemester 2021

NameHerr Prof. Dr. Alexander Stremitzer
LehrgebietRecht und Ökonomie
Professur für Recht und Ökonomie
ETH Zürich, IFW E 49
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zürich
Telefon+41 44 632 40 08
DepartementGeistes-, Sozial- und Staatswissenschaften
BeziehungOrdentlicher Professor

851-0732-06LLaw & Tech Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Number of participants limited to 30.
3 KP3SA. Stremitzer, J. Merane, A. Nielsen
KurzbeschreibungThis course introduces students to legal, economic, and social perspectives on the increasing
economic and social importance of technology. We focus particularly on the challenges to current
law posed by the increasing rate of tech innovation and adoption generally and also by case-specific
features of prominent near-future technologies.
LernzielThe course is intended for a wide range of engineering students, from machine learning to
bioengineering to human computer interaction, as well as for law students interested in acquiring a
better understanding of state-of-the-art technology.

The course will combine both an overview of major areas of law that affect the regulation of
technology and also guest lectures on the state-of-the art in a variety of important technologies,
ranging from autonomous vehicles to fair artificial intelligence to consumer-facing DNA technologies.

The course is open to ETH students through the Science in Perspective program of the Department
of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences.
InhaltThe planned course outline is below

1. Overview of science, law, and technology
a. Studies of law and technology
b. Should science be regulated, and if so, how?
c. Technology as a social problem

2. Designing technology for humans
a. Attention fiduciaries and the digital environment
b. Does technology weaponize known problems of bounded human rationality?
c. Should technology be regulated as a psychotropic substance? An addictive
d. Can technology make life easier?
e. Psychological effects of surveillance

3. Governing tech
a. Can small governments regulate big tech?
b. National and supranational legislation
c. Enforcing the law with technology
d. Can enforcement be baked into technology?

4. AI and fairness
a. Discrimination
b. Privacy
c. Opacity
d. AI and due process

5. Trade secret and technological litigation
a. Trade secret is a long-standing tool for litigation but does it enjoy too much
b. Trade secrets and the rights of employes

6. Enforcement against tech
a. Big tech and antitrust
b. Consumer protection

7. The Digital Battlefield
a. Technology for spying
b. Spying on technology companies
c. Race to be AI superpower
d. Immigration policy

8. Contract law
a. Smart contracts
b. Modernizing contract law and practice
c. Regulating cryptocurrencies

9. Tort law
a. Applying existing tort law to new autonomous technologies
b. Personhood and personal responsibility
c. Victim entitlements

10. Self-driving cars and other autonomous robotics
a. Legal regimes
b. Diversity in morality judgements related to autonomous vehicles

11. Biometrics
a. Widespread use of facial recognition
b. Law enforcement
c. Connecting biometrics to social data
d. Solving crimes with biometrics

12. New Biology and Medicine
a. Unregulated science (biohackers)
b. Promising technology before it can be delivered
c. Connecting medicine to social data
d. Using technology to circumvent medical regulations
851-0742-00LContract Design I Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
This course is taught by Professor Alexander Stremitzer (Link). Note that this is NOT a legal drafting class that focuses on contractual language. Instead, in Contact Design I, you will learn what the content of a contract should be so that parties can reach their goals.

You can find all course materials and the most recent announcements on Moodle. Please log in to Moodle using your ETH or UZH credentials. Then search for "Contract Design I (851-0742-00L; Fall 2021)" and enroll. The password is "ContractDesign01".

Number of participants limited to 160.
Max 80 ETHZ and 80 UZH Students
3 KP2VA. Stremitzer
KurzbeschreibungContract Design I aims to bridge the gap between economic contract theory, contract law, and the writing of real-world contracts. In this course, we take a systematic approach to contract design. This means we first analyze the economic environment in which a transaction takes place, and then engineer contracts that achieve the desired outcome.
LernzielContracts are agreements between parties to engage in transactions. A good contract creates value by giving parties the right incentives to meet their objectives. A good contract designer scrutinizes the economic situation in which parties find themselves and tailors the contract to the challenges at hand. To help you become sophisticated contract designers, we draw from insights, for which more than half a dozen Nobel Prizes were awarded in the past two decades, and transfer them to the art of writing real-world contracts. In other words, Contract Design I will provide you with analytical tools related to contracting that are invaluable to successful lawyers, business leaders, and startup founders.

In Contract Design I, you will be asked to watch a series of videos (10-15 minutes each) that we produced for this course. These video episodes introduce you to key concepts of economic, behavioral, and experimental contract theory. We will cover topics such as moral hazard, adverse selection, elicitation mechanisms, relationship-specific investments, and relational contracting. You can find the welcome video at this link ( However, this course prioritizes applications of contract design. Therefore, we will use class time to discuss a selection of exciting real-world case studies, ranging from purchases & sales of assets, oil & gas exploration, movie production & distribution, construction & development, M&A deals, to executive compensation and many other types of transactions.

ETH students: Your final grade will consist of two components: 1) You are required to take weekly computer-based quizzes during class time. Thus, it is imperative that you attend the lectures to be able to finish the quizzes and pass this course. Moreover, we regularly post questions regarding the case studies that we examine in class. 2) You have to compose short responses to these questions and upload them. Note that UZH students enrolling in this course earn more ECTS on completing this course than ETH students. This is because UZH students must hand in an extensive group project in addition to the weekly quizzes and short responses.
SkriptHandouts, prerecorded videos, slides, and other materials
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesContract Design I is available to ETH students through the Science in Perspective (SiP) Program of D-GESS. This course is particularly suitable for students of D-ARCH, D-BAUG, D-CHAB, DMATH, D-MTEC, D-INFK, and D-MAVT. If you have any questions on Contract Design I, please send an e-mail to Professor Stremitzer’s Teaching Assistant Diego Caldera (
851-0742-01LContract Design II Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
This course is taught by Professor Alexander Stremitzer (Link). To be considered for Contract Design II, you must have completed Contract Design I in the same semester. Students can only register for Contract Design II after having obtained approval by Prof. Stremitzer.
1 KP1UA. Stremitzer
KurzbeschreibungContract Design II is a masterclass in the form of an interactive clinic that allows you to deepen your understanding of contracting by applying insights from Contract Design I to a comprehensive case study. Together with your classmates, you are going to advise a (hypothetical) client organization planning to enter a complex transaction on how to structure the underlying contract.
LernzielThere is a possibility that representatives from companies that were previously engaged in similar deals will visit us in class and tell you about their experience firsthand. In Contract Design I, you will receive more detailed information on the content and learning objectives of Contract Design II. If you have urgent questions, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail to Professor Stremitzer’s Teaching Assistant Diego Caldera (
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesTo enable you to work under the close supervision of your professor and his team, only a small group of students with backgrounds in law, business, or engineering is admitted to this course. This simulation is time-consuming and challenging. Hence, we can only admit the most successful and motivated students to this class. Further information on the application process will follow.
851-0746-00LAlgorithms and Fairness Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Any students enrolling in the course must complete a short writing assignment within two weeks of registering. Please contact the instructors via email (Link) for information about the assignment and for access to the course Slack workspace.
2 KP1SA. Stremitzer, A. Nielsen
KurzbeschreibungFrom a legal, social science, and applied mathematics perspective, we address the increasingly important question of what AI fairness means and how AI fairness can be addressed by legal, social science, and applied mathematical research to inform policy making.
LernzielUnderstand the history of fairness as defined in law, social science, and applied mathematics research
Identify logical and mathematical conflicts between different definitions of fairness
Explain why fairness and AI is a highly contested and unresolved problem in law.
InhaltThis block course will be broken into three components.

Fair outcomes: the equality/equity debate
-The proliferation of fairness definitions
-Impossibility theorems
-AI & fundamental rights

Fair process
-Appropriate use of AI in administrative or judicial roles
-AI counterparties
-Fair markets

Fair distribution
-Distributing scarce resources
-Data markets and data labor
-The future of work