Bridging the gap between IT and Corporate Legal


The Digital In-House Counsel course is a course tailored for in-house lawyers.

The changing nature of everyday legal work for businesses and in-house lawyers is becoming increasingly digital, making it essential for corporate counsel to comprehend the shifting trends.

The course has a twofold approach: addressing technical challenges relating to the digitisation of the legal industry and covering legal aspects relating to these technical issues, ranging from data privacy questions to IT security.

Intermediate level in English.

Virtual Classroom

21 hours 30minutes

English-speaking lawyer-consultants and digital experts. The consultants are qualified professionals with experience in continuing education.


  • Fundamentals of digitisation (opportunities/risks)
  • Basics of computer science
  • Programming languages (python)
  • Networks/databases
  • IT Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • Blockchain, Smart Contracts
  • Robotics, IoT, AI
  • Data Privacy/GDPR
  • Social Media and data collection

ECLA will issue a certificate to each participant at the end of the course indicating the exact hours of training


Erik Reischl has been working as an application developer for trading systems at Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen since 2009. Prior to his current position he has worked for the Landesbank Rheinland-Pfalz and the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg. He gained his first experience in programming at the age of 10 and since 1996 has been developing software on a freelance basis and leading initial training courses in software programming. Since 2005/2006, Erik has been teaching at the Hessian VWA and the FOM University for Economics and Management in Frankfurt in the field of business informatics (including databases, programming, information management, business processes and IT management). He has received several awards for his teaching as one of the top 3 lecturers at the location.

Dr. Friedrich Popp is an international counsel in the Frankfurt office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on arbitration, litigation, internal investigations, corporate law, data protection and anti-money laundering. In addition, he is experienced in Mergers & Acquisitions, private equity, banking and capital markets. Dr. Popp is a member of the Bar Associations of Vienna, Frankfurt am Main and New York.

Dr. Thomas Beyer is a lawyer specialised for intellectual property law. He advises large and medium-sized companies as well as start-ups on all aspects of intellectual property and has strong expertise in enforcing his clients’ claims in and out of court. Before moving to KPMG Law’s Legal Corporate Services department in January 2020, he worked for a highly specialised medium-sized IP law firm for twelve years.

Marc Hilber is specialised in advising companies on technology related transactions, and in particular on joint ventures as well as outsourcing and software development projects. He advises on contract structuring for outsourcing and cloud computing, on software projects, e-commerce and on data protection law. Marc ranks among the most recommended German IT lawyers in Germany.

Fritz-Ulli Pieper, LL.M., is a specialist in IT law and advises national and international clients on IT, telecommunications and data protection law. He has special experience in legal issues of digitalization and artificial intelligence.

His main areas of practice include the drafting of IT contracts and general terms and conditions of business and the support of complex data protection projects as well as advising telecommunications providers or their contractual partners on infrastructure projects and product launches. He also advises the public sector on large-volume IT and infrastructure projects, in particular the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs and its downstream divisions.

Fritz-Ulli regularly gives lectures and is the author of numerous specialist publications in the above mentioned areas as well as lead-editor of a major internet portal on “law of the information society”.

15. November (15:00-17:45) – Fundamentals of digitisation

17. November (15:00-18:30) – Basics of computer science

22. November (15:00-17:45) – Programming Languages I

24. November (15:00-18:30) – Programming Languages II

29. November (14:00-17:00) – Cloud computing/open source/IT-Outsourcing

6. December (09:00 – 11:00) – IT Security

8. December (09:00-11:00) – Data Privacy/GDPR

13. December (09:00-11:00) – Social media



More schedules are currently planned and will be communicated shortly. Get informed



Discount for ECLA Members*
Discounts for large groups and individual company packages can be arranged – please contact:


Teresa Kunz, academic coordinator
+32 2 808 54 56,

*ECLA Member: You must be an in-house counsel and individual member of an ECLA national member association. For the list of national member associations please visit