Course ObjectiveThe student will acquire knowledge of the legal framework which is
applicable to the most important new technologies, as described in the
They will also learn how to research and discover which laws are
relevant to a new situation, and how to extend legal ideas to situations
which have not yet been addressed by courts.
As part of this, they will acquire significant research skills, both in
legal and scholarly research, and in discovering the physical, social
and economic consequences of technologies which lawyers need to take
The course will include discussion and presentation, and students will
enhance their presentation skills, including communication of complex
technical and/or philosophical questions.
Students will write scholarly papers and improve academic writing
skills, and develop their ability to formulate and defend a legal
The class is expected to be diverse, and skills of communication and
understanding in a context of diversity will be enhanced for all of us,
including the teacher.
The course contributes in particular to goals number 1,4,7 and 12-15 of
Course ContentThis course will introduce students to the major legal issues created by
new technologies. It will consider
i.How existing legal frameworks of public, private and economic law
apply to new situations created by technology
ii. What kinds of new regulation are necessary as a result of technology
iii. The ways in which law and regulation affect the development of
technology, and technology in turn influences law.
Attention will be paid to technologies and problems including:
i. Internet giants, competition, and fake news
ii. Data protection and privacy and the EU data protection regime
iii. New moral challenges raised by technology, such as designer babies,
virtual pornography, and human-robot relationships
iv. Autonomous decision-making and algorithms, and questions of
v. Labour law and the sharing economy
vi. climate change, ecology and law
Themes throughout the course will be whether new technologies require
fundamental changes to regulation and organisation of society and the
economy, or simply new application of existing principles. Guest
speakers will be invited to address specific topics, such as financial
technologies and blockchain, historical responses to innovation,
competition law and the internet, and others.
The course will be taught and assessed in English.
Teaching MethodsClasses will be interactive seminars, with some lecturing, some
discussion, question and answer, and presentation.
Method of AssessmentStudents will write papers and do a presentation.
Entry RequirementsNo particular prior knowledge is required.
Target AudienceThe course is open to all law masters students and to exchange students.
Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Law|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. G.T. Davies|
|Examiner||prof. dr. G.T. Davies|
prof. dr. G.T. Davies
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