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ITM Außenansicht von BibliothekThe ITM is the State Center of Excellence of North Rhine-Westphalia in the area of information, telecommunication and media law and is part of the Faculty of Law of the University of Münster. It is divided into a civil and public law department.  Cross-cutting issues in the area of information law can therefore be handled optimally,  a concept that is unique in Germany since the founding of the Institute in 1997.

The research of the Institute is particularly focused on the field of information law. Because of its interdisciplinary approach the ITM is a member of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) and works together closely with the Institutes of Communication Studies and Information Systems of the University to fall back on appropriate technical know-how. 

Furthermore the Civil Law Department of the Institute has an extensive expertise in handling and managing externally funded projects. The following projects are currently funded by the European Commission under the Framework Program and carried out by the ITM: TIMBUS (Digital Preservation for Timeless Business Processes and Services), CONSENT (Consumer sentiment regarding privacy on user-generated content services in the digital economy) and Lapsi (Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information). In the past, the Institute has also supervised numerous third-party funded projects, such as “Network Economics and Hybridity”, a project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In addition, the research centre “Legal Issues of the German Research Network” advises the DFN association and its members on all legal questions arising from the operation of the German Research Network (DFN) and the use of information and communication services.

The Institute has its own extensive library, which also contains international publications. 16 faculty members and 21 student assistants are currently working for the Civil Law Department of the Institute.

Progress Reports

In a two-year rhythm both divisions of the ITM together publish a report on the performed and ongoing research projects, publications and published teaching activities. The German versions of the previously published reports can be downloaded here: