The ITM is the State Center of Excellence of North Rhine-Westphalia in the area of information, telecommunication and media law and is part of the Faculty of Law of the University of Münster. It is divided into a civil and public law department. Cross-cutting issues can therefore be handled optimally, a concept that is unique in Germany since the founding of the Institute in 1997. The research of the Institute is particularly focused on the field of information law. Because of its interdisciplinary approach the ITM is a member of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) and works together closely with the Institutes of Communication Studies and Information Systems of the University to fall back on appropriate technical know-how.