6003 Law, Economics, and Business
Univ.Prof. Dr. Claus Staringer, Dr. Klaudia Majcher, LL.M Ph.D.
Contact details
Students who have questions regarding the first part of the course (units 1-4 and midterm exam) should address Students who have questions regarding the second part (units 5-12 and final exam) should address
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/27/23 to 03/09/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/14/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 03/21/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 03/28/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 04/11/23 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 04/18/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 04/25/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Saturday 05/06/23 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM Online-Prüfung
Tuesday 05/09/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 05/16/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 05/23/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Tuesday 05/30/23 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM TC.1.01 OeNB
Friday 06/30/23 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM Online-Prüfung
Friday 07/14/23 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM Online-Einheit
Friday 07/14/23 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM Online-Einheit

This course aims at demonstrating the impact of law on business and society. It is designed for students who have already gained some experience (fourth semester) so that they are able to develop a more comprehensive view over their previous courses in business and economics (and the legal course Governance and Legal Environment). To this end, specific areas of law are presented to make students understand the effects of legal regulation on individuals, businesses and society as a whole. 

This will include tax law (and the impact of taxation on business, public finance and society), the law of intellectual property (the concept of intellectual property rights and their protection) and the legal regulation of competition (regulatory rules and their economic effects). 

All content will primarily be based on relevant international legal standards and concepts or, where useful, on a comparison of national legal systems. 

Topics covered:

  • Intellectual Property Rights (copyright, patents, trademarks)
  • Unfair Competition Law
  • Competition or Antitrust Law (anti-competitive agreements, abuse of a dominant position, merger control)
  • Policy Design of Tax Systems 
  • Income Tax
  • Corporation Tax / Business Taxation 
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Principles of International Tax
Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  • understand basic concepts of intellectual property rights
  • understand the purpose and effects of competition law
  • understand design concepts of important types of taxes 
  • understand the functions of tax as both a cost for taxpayers / business and a duty against society 
  • understand the principles for the taxation of international businesses.
Attendance requirements

Attendance is required 70 %. Students are expected to actively participate in the lectures.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Classes will be held by means of interactive in-person lectures at the times provided in the Information Sheet and the Syllabus. Students are expected to actively participate in the lectures.


Please note for part 1 of the course, as can be seen on MyLearn, the content of the first part of this course will be taught by means of Lecturecasts provided on learn@wu prior to the live Q&A sessions. Students are strongly recommended to watch the Lecturecasts before the live Q&A sessions in order to be able to participate in the course.


Assessment is based on two exams: a midterm exam covering the contents of the first part of the course (1/3 of maximum points) and a final exam covering the contents of the second part of the course (2/3 of maximum points).

Grading scale (in % of maximum points):

Excellent (1): 87.5% - 100% 
Good (2): 75% - 87.5% 
Satisfactory (3): 62.5% - 75%
Sufficient (4): 50% - 62.5%
Fail (5): < 50%

The exams will be held online via the learn@WU platform. A prerequisite for participation in the exams is that the students have the necessary technical infrastructure, consisting of a computer with camera and microphone and the latest version of Google Chrome. Please make sure you fulfill the necessary criteria in order to enable a smooth examination process. Please use the following link for all information concerning online examination.

For information on the consequences of cheating, refer to the website of the examinations office.


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Last edited: 2023-04-06