At Law Faculty of the University of Luxembourg, research is conducted to investigate the law of the new Information Technologies, while addressing fundamental constitutional aspects such as the extent of free speech protection as well as the analysis of the EU framework for the media and its transposition into national law are examined from a comparative perspective.

Research efforts have been particularly devoted to examine the EU Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive and its transposition into national law. The activity compared the national legislation of the 27 Member States in the area of broadcasting and audiovisual media services and offered a unique information source by providing English translations of all relevant transposition acts of all EU Member States as well as synopses of the AVMS Directive and the national acts.

The aim of the research was to crystallize differences and similarities of national implementations of a key element of European secondary law. Main outcomes of the research have been (1) a comparative commentary which takes a detailed look at the national execution measures by juxtaposing them to their corresponding provision in the AVMS Directive and (2) a report for Luxembourg in the framework of the study INDIREG on “Indicators for Independence and efficient functioning of audiovisual media services regulatory bodies for the purpose of enforcing the rules in the AVMS Directive”.

Main contributor(s): Mark Cole