Dr. Katharina Wunner receives the Carl Gareis Prize for her outstanding dissertation
How can access to machine-generated, non-personal industry data be improved? The author addresses this question in her award-winning dissertation “Ein regulatives Vertragsrecht für die Datenwirtschaft” (A Regulatory Contract Law for the Data Economy), based on an economically justified need for regulation in the digital economy. In view of the shortcomings of previous approaches to intellectual property and competition law, she presents a data access regime based on contract law. This operates on the basis of an alternative conception of contract theory and the idea of a modern private law that is not only dedicated to the freedom of the individual, but is also a means of controlling behavior. Contractual data access rights are therefore based on a “regulatory contract law for the data economy.”
Since 2009, the Faculty of Law and Economics at the University of Bayreuth has awarded the Carl Gareis Prize for outstanding dissertations in the field of legal history or intellectual property law. In 2018, the prize was opened to all subject areas of law.