Digitalisation permeates every part of our communication: the "who", "what", "how" and "when" has changed - as have the rules that decide the "who", "what", "how" and "when". These changes, which go hand in hand with the progressive processes of digitalisation and globalisation, are fundamental but not constant. This makes them difficult to categorise and understand. Nation states, industries, professions, media and their economic, ethical and legal rules are challenged and transformed by these developments and offer breathtaking opportunities for those who recognise them early enough.

We provide those tools and skills that enable the necessary understanding of what is happening and how to use it. Will you be managing such innovation processes in the future? This programme offers an intensive, international, multidisciplinary space for reflection, high-level lectures and practical digital exercises in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Spend the winter semester  in blocked digital classes focusing on the transformation in communication and law with senior industry representatives and leading academics. Learn about best practices that successfully manage the changes we all face every day.

The Digital Communication and Law certificate course will start in the winter semester 2021 in online format. To enable a good combination with work or other studies the programme will take place online from 20 October 2021 until 5 February 2022 on a total of 18 evenings (from 17h CET) and on six Saturdays (from 9h). It will end with an attendance block in Vienna with excursions, lectures and expert meetings from 14 to 18 February 2022. 


Short Facts

Academic degree
Certificate of the University of Vienna
EUR 4.900,-
Winter semester 2021/22 - online (one attendance week in February)


The intertwining of Law and Communication

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó

„Communication without Law is 'anything goes'. Law without Communication is 'nobody cares'. This course is for people who care and who want to join the regulatory avantgarde of the this century's 'roaring twenties'.“ 

Change never ends

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Andy Kaltenbrunner

"We need best analysts, lecturers, practicioners at the interfaces of digital innovation, regulation and law - to keep up with discussion and developments. This is what our program ComLaw in Vienna offers."


Podcast Ars Boni - programme

Here you can find the new podcast “Ars Boni” of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law on legal implications from the Corona virus: Already online is Episode 03 with Andy Kaltenbrunner, Daniela Kraus and Katharina Raabe-Stuppnig on media politics and law in Austria in the times of Corona (in German).

Episode 24 is with Christian Burger (Der Standard), Ingrid Brodnig, Benedikt Kommenda (Die Presse), Florian Klenk (Falter) about "Was ist wahr, was ist Meinung? Mediale Berichterstattung über (komplexe) Rechtsfragen" (in German). 

Ars Boni 72 is with Dkfm. Helmut Hanusch. He talks about "Coronabedingte Auswirkungen auf die österreichische Medienlandschaft" (in German).

In episode 73 ("The impact of Covid19 on freedom and gender equality in media") we welcome Krisztina Rozgonyi, PhD, JD MBA. Dr. Rozgonyi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. 

Ars Boni 147 is a special edition with an interview with Mag.a. Anna Wallner from the Presse, head of the op-ed section. In the context of the course "Legal Research", differences and similarities between journalism and law, individual career planning and trends of digitalization in law and politics are discussed.

Episode 159 features Ingrid Brodnig talking about corona conspiracy theories and how to deal with them legally, politically and discursively.

Episode 163 joins Jan Russezki and Eva Wackenreuther, fact check editors, Agence France-Presse to talk about their work and the challenges in the Covid-19 crisis. 

On June 22 (Ars Boni 170), together with the Presseclub Concordia, the topic will be whether and how quality journalistic projects can currently be organized and financed in the long term in Austria, in particular using the examples of "Datum" and "Dossier". The focus will be on the role of public funding, the available revenue models, and the opportunities and challenges they also face in terms of independence, balance and openness to the future. 

Ars Boni 181This episode with Dr. Andy Kaltenbrunner (Medienhaus Wien) deals with the just presented study: "Seemingly Transparent II. An Analysis of the Federal Government's Advertisements in Austria's Daily Newspapers and Press and Broadcasting Funding in the Pandemic Year 2020" and the legal and political conclusions to be drawn from it. 

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The certificate course "Digital Communication and Law" will start for the first time in winter semester 2021 in online format. An intensive week in February is planned in presence mode.

Here you can find the dates for the winter semester 2021/22.

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5 reasons

Interested in the field of law and media? Here are 5 reasons for the new certificate course "Digital Communication and Law" at the University of Vienna.


University professor Nikolaus Forgo introduces the Digital Communication and Law certificate course in a short video: (66) Digital Communication and Law - YouTube

Innovative Learning Concepts

"Many of our university courses and certificate courses have already been using blended learning for years, and the digitization push in teaching that we have been implementing for a year now opens up further possibilities for the future. This allows us to create even more flexible and individualized teaching offers for our target groups," elaborates Nino Tomaschek, Head of the Postgraduate Center. More information on the innovative learning concepts can be found here.


Most international universities: University of Vienna Rank 13

The recent Times Higher Education World University Ranking ranked the most international universities in the world. The University of Vienna reached place 13.