Information Technology Law

Course Description

Regulation of the digital environment. Code as law. Introduction to the Croatian legal system. Sources and interpretation of legal norms. Law and ICT. Introduction to electronic communications law. Information and communications privacy. Computer crime and cybercrime. Introduction to intellectual property. Copyright and neighbouring rights, legal protection of software, software licences, digital rights management. Sui generis database right. Trademarks and patents. Legal framework of e-commerce. Direct and indirect e-commerce. Electronic signature and certificate.

General Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, students shall gain: - insight into various possibilities of the regulation of social relations connected with the use of ICT - familiarity with the basic principles and sources of the Croatian legal system, as well as knowledge of the difference between private and public law and of the elementary methods for interpretation of legal rules - insight into the basics of substantive and procedural aspects of cybercrime detection, prevention and sanction - knowledge of the basics of electronic communications law - understanding of the theoretical and legislative framework for information and communications privacy - insight into the basics of intellectual property rights (copyright and neighbouring rights, with an emphasis on databases, patents, trademarks, integrated circuit topography, know-how) - understanding of the legal protection of software and software rights management - insight into basic tenets of electronic commerce law

Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize regulatory framework for electronic communications
  2. define the term privacy
  3. explain the concept of data protection
  4. define and explain legal protection of intelectuall property
  5. identify basics forms of cybercrime
  6. differentiate computer crimes and computer related crimes
  7. define terms like electronic signature and certificate
  8. explain legal regulation of e-business in Croatia

Forms of Teaching


Course will be held using powerpoint presentations and with extensive use of examples from practice


Written and oral

Grading Method

By decision of the Faculty Council, in the academic year 2019/2020. the midterm exams are cancelled and the points assigned to that component are transferred to the final exam, unless the teachers have reassigned the points and the grading components differently. See the news for each course for information on knowledge rating.
Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Attendance 60 % 20 % 0 % 0 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 50 % 40 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 50 % 40 %
Exam: Written 50 % 50 %
Exam: Oral 50 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Basics of regulation in the digital environment
  2. Introduction to the Croatian legal system
  3. Introduction to electronic communications law
  4. Introduction to information and communications privacy
  5. Basics of cybercrime
  6. Computer crime and computer related crime
  7. Legal aspects of cybercrime discovery and sanctioning
  8. Introduction to intellectual property law
  9. Copyright and neighbouring rights
  10. Contracts in copyright and neighbouring rights; software licences
  11. Collective rights management and digital rights management
  12. Industrial property rights
  13. Enforcement of intellectual property rights
  14. Introduction to e-commerce law; contract law in e-commerce
  15. Electronic signature and electronic certificate

Study Programmes

University graduate
Computer Engineering (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Computer Science (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Control Engineering and Automation (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Electrical Engineering Systems and Technologies (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Electrical Power Engineering (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Electronic and Computer Engineering (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Electronics (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Information Processing (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Software Engineering and Information Systems (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)
Wireless Technologies (profile)
Humanistic or Social Course (2. semester)


Dragičević, Dražen i suradnici (2015.), Pravna informatika i pravo informacijskih tehnologija - odabrana poglavlja, Narodne novine d.d.
UREDBA (EU) 2016/679 (2016.), Opća uredba o zaštiti podataka,


ID 127458
  Summer semester
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Exercises
0 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

19 Excellent
16 Very Good
14 Good
11 Acceptable