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The Hans Bredow Institute was founded as an independent non-profit organisation by the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk broadcasting corporation NWDR in co-operation with the University of Hamburg in 1950. As an Institute at the University of Hamburg it is legally independent, however, there are various content-oriented as well as organisational cooperation undertakings with the University.   The research conducted by the Institute focuses on mediated public communication: Today, the different types of mass media shape people's everyday life, politics, the economy as well as culture to a greater extent than ever before. Understanding the underlying determinants, assessing future opportunities and risks, and providing orientation for the actors involved - this is the main focus of the Institute's research.

The Institute emphasises its role as an independent observer and combines sociological, legal, economic and pedagogical approaches, because it strongly believes that contemporary problems of media development call for an interdisciplinary and a cross-national comparative perspective. Cooperation and constant exchange with the different actors in the media sphere are basic values for the Institute's research.

The German Science Council has stressed the Institute's high level of research and declared it one of Germany's most distinguished research institutions.




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The Centre for Intellectual Property Law (CIER) aims at enhancement and dissemination of knowledge about intellectual and industrial property. CIER focuses on all areas of intellectual and industrial property, but has particular expertise in respect of copyright law, patent law, competition law, media and advertisement law.
CIER strives for enhancement of knowledge through academic research. CIER gives particular attention to topics such as e-commerce, information technology and biotechnology, the interfaces between culture, economics and law and the European and global developments in that regard.
CIER disseminates knowledge in a variety of ways. Research results are published, either in the relevant Dutch or foreign magazines and until 2009 in the self-edited Molengrafica-series. Since then, the articles are published in Dutch in the CIER-series with deLex Publishers and in English with Edward Elgar Publishers. CIER’s staff regularly participates in conferences. CIER interacts with daily society as well. It frequently organizes CIER lectures for that purpose. Anyone is welcome to attend these lectures. References can be found under documentation. CIER also extends advice to governments, international organizations and the legal practice.
CIER provides both regular university education as well as post-academic education.
CIER is endowed with a specialized library, which is part of the Faculty's Legal Library .

CIER was established in 1986 and is part of the Private Law Division of the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University. CIER is housed in the Molengraaff Institute.




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Awarded full university title and research degree awarding powers in 2005, The University of Northampton is a dynamic, modern university situated in the heart of England.

Law at The University of Northampton has been involved in the main review cycles administered by the Quality Assurance Agency. The reports have always shown that the Law courses at The University of Northampton are satisfactory with a number of notable examples of good practice. A recent external examiner report stated that:

'The range of assessment tasks is impressive and imaginative, providing opportunities for students to learn and to demonstrate their skills. In the past four years, the team has demonstrated its consistent and continued support, care of and commitment to the students.

Link: The University of Northampton - Law

Infolaw is a research association located in Vienna since 2003. MAin acitivities include scientific congresses and workshops (Rechtsforum Infolaw, Österreichischer IT-Rechtstag) Design and implementation of national and international research projects Expertises with respect to the research fields of ICT Law, Intellectual Property Law, E-Commerce-Law. Special emphasis is put on interdisciplinarity and practice orientation.



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