Research The continuous and fast development of information and communication technologies and as such their effect on information relations and processes raise fundamental questions at the intersection of society, technology, markets and law. The FIR-HSG aims at dealing with these phenomena from a legal perspective within a national and international context. The institute concentrates its work on legal regulations which influence information and communication processes in their corresponding social subsystems (such as economic system, political system and so on). On the other hand, our research focuses on the diverse changes in information and communication processes within society and its subsystems which themselves influence the existing legal framework. These issues are part of the field of research irrespective of the segment of law they traditionally are attributed to. Private and public law, substantive as well as procedural law are addressed likewise in our field of expertise. The object is to develop a comprehensive structure to classify and assess the current developments, to test and refine suitable analysis instruments and to give appropriate advice in legal practice and for legal policies.