European Law & ICT

Type: 
Elective Courses
Credits: 
4
Objectives: 
The pace with and extent to which information and communication technologies (ICT) are created, adopted and embedded in professional and private spheres lead to the constant emergence of legal issues.
Such issues may touch upon elements of, for instance, human rights law, criminal law, contract law, consumer protection law, international private law, media law or intellectual property law.
 
The course aims to offer students the knowledge and skills to 1) identify the correct legal questions, 2) critically assess the applicability of the current legislative framework and case-law, and 3) evaluate whether new legislative or regulatory initiatives are required with regard to a selection of ICT-related phenomena.
The course focuses on historic, recent and actual developments in international and European policy and legislation related to ICT, with a specific focus on the legislative framework of the Council of Europe and the European Union.
Contents: 
The course aims to offer students an insight into the legal dimension and aspects of information and communication technologies. This includes the development of critical thinking and a legal reflex with regard to networks, platforms, products, services, content and behaviour that are used, produced or facilitated by ICT.
 
The course consists of 5 parts:
 
1) ICT and human rights (with a focus on freedom of expression and privacy),
2) ICT and data protection,
3) ICT, cybercrime and liability of intermediaries,
4) ICT, contracts, e-commerce and consumer protection,
5) ICT policy and governance.
 
Each part consists of an introduction, a description and analysis of relevant legal principles, policy documents, legislation, enforcement mechanisms, case-law and practical implications. A recurring focus throughout the course will be on the analysis and interpretation of recent case-law by the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, international developments and frameworks will be considered, and where relevant, national practices or case-law will be used by means of illustration.
Key words: 
Information- and communication technologies (ICT), internet, fundamental rights, freedom of expression, privacy, data protection, cybercrime, electronic commerce, consumer protection, liability, internet governance
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