Inspiring guest lecture by Prof. Edisher Phutkaradze at the ITM


On 24.06.2024, the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM) at the University of Münster had the honor of welcoming Prof. Edisher Phutkaradze from Georgia for a special guest lecture. Under the title “Current Developments in Computer Criminal Law”, Prof. Phutkaradze provided those present with a profound and far-reaching insight into the complex world of computer criminal law.

The lecture was characterized by the careful treatment and explanation of the basics of computer criminal law and cybercrime. Prof. Phutkaradze impressively demonstrated how closely these topics are linked to the dogmatic principles of general criminal law. He also shed light on criminal copyright law, a special and often controversial segment of the legal field. He explained how rapid technological developments are creating new challenges for the protection of intellectual property and the prosecution of copyright infringements.

With his wealth of experience and expertise, Prof. Phutkaradze was a master at combining theoretical concepts and practical applications, resulting in a lively and highly instructive presentation.

Particularly fascinating was the comparative approach of the lecture, in which Prof. Phutkaradze dealt in detail with the differences and similarities of computer and copyright criminal law in Georgia and Japan. This international comparison not only revealed the diverse approaches of the two legal systems, but also stimulated intensive discussions and reflections on the peculiarities and need for reform of the respective systems.

The event was very well attended and the audience – consisting of students, academics and interested parties from the field – listened intently to Prof. Phutkaradze’s presentation. The positive response was clearly noticeable, which was expressed both in the numerous questions and in the lively discussions following the presentation.

We would like to thank Prof. Edisher Phutkaradze for his inspiring lecture and for enriching our institute. His in-depth analyses and comprehensive insights will undoubtedly continue to have an impact for a long time to come and have a lasting influence on our academic debate.