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iLinc: Establishing a European Network of Law Incubators

iLinc: Establishing a European Network of Law Incubators

Students have little to no practical experience in terms of counselling or relevant legal issues during their law studies. Young start-ups often lack money for a systematic legal counselling in order to assess reliable business models or legal risks. The EU-funded project iLINC wants to bring these two things together: under professional supervision, law students consult start-ups in media law clinics. The EU project has already connected many of the existing law clinics and, thus, initiated a systematic exchange of experiences.

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Project Description

The Hans-Bredow-Institut is collaborating with the Queen Mary and Westfield College at the University of London, the University of Amsterdam and the Catholic University of Leuven in order to conduct the project “iLinc: Establishing a European Network of Law Incubators that Bridge ICT Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups with Law Students”, as supported by the EU Commission. The consortium was successful in achieving financial support after competing for funding from the 7th EU general programme.
The project aims to support educational projects in Europe, in which students under supervision make legal expertise available to persons and firms which are unable to afford professional legal advice.

Such advice is needed, for instance, during the early phases of start-ups so that it is centres of new enterprise, above all else, which can profit from its benefits. Such “law clinics” are already a widespread part of education in the USA; in Europe they are just beginning to emerge.
In the first instance, the project is intended to highlight the most important challenges met by IT firms and to create models and instruments for fostering the exchange of experience among clinics, for instance, through joint workshops, providing material in data bases and formulating model contracts. The Hans-Bredow-Institut organized a “Practice Sharing Event” together with the HIIG in May 2015, which focused on the link between law clinics and research.
Alongside the four project partners and Brooklyn Law School, which is supporting the project with its advice as a consultant, we intend to include further institutions with an interest in developing their own clinics and incubators. The clinic projects at the University of Hamburg and the HIIG in Berlin should profit from this exchange of experience.
Project Website: http://www.ilincnetwork.eu

Project Information


Duration: 2013-2015

Research programme:
Further Projects

Third party

EU-Kommission (FP7)

Cooperation Partner

Ian Walden (Projektkoordinator), Queen Mary and Westfield College an der University of London
Nico van Eik, Universität Amsterdam
Peggy Valcke, KU Leuven
Jonathan Askin, Brooklyn Law School (Associate Partner)

Contact person

Dr. Stephan Dreyer
Senior Researcher Media Law & Media Governance

Dr. Stephan Dreyer

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung │ Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 - 33
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 - 77

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