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Course content

The course concentrates on the emergent regulatory field termed “Internet governance”, which may be loosely defined as the various sets of norms (legal and non-legal) that determine how the Internet and its related applications function. In addition to elucidating the legal aspects of Internet governance, the course examines the regulatory role played by Internet architecture itself and how the technical standards for that architecture are developed.
Special consideration is given to governance of the Domain Name System (DNS), as a key component of what are commonly termed “critical Internet resources”. The course elaborates on the processes (legal and non-legal) that regulate allocation of domain names and resolve disputes connected to such allocation.

Account is also taken of the impact on Internet governance of:

  • the EU legal framework for electronic communications
  • the mechanisms set up pursuant to Phase 2 of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society
  • the shifting arrangements for governmental oversight of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers
  • the development of the Internet as a platform for social networking, communication between “things” (“Internet of Things”), and mobile services.

A salient set of issues taken up in the course concern the respective roles played in Internet governance by, on the one hand, contractual (and other private law) mechanisms and, on the other hand, legislative and treaty-based mechanisms.

Learning outcome

The primary objective of the course is to impart solid understanding of the steering and management of core elements of Internet infrastructure, particularly data transmission protocols and the Domain Name System. This involves providing insight into the interaction of legal and non-legal processes in the drafting and enforcement of basic Internet standards.

A secondary objective is to impart understanding of the respective roles and relative utility of respectively (i) contractual mechanisms and (ii) legislative and treaty-based mechanisms for global governance structures in Internet governance generally, but with a focus particularly on the management and steering of the DNS. This involves elucidating the legal parameters of the policy choices faced by the main stakeholders in DNS and Internet governance.

A further aim of the course is not just to impart knowledge of the relevant legal rules as they currently stand but also to encourage critical appraisal of them. This involves analysing and challenging the assumptions upon which the rules are based, and discussion of alternative regulatory possibilities.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master of Law-programme at UiO, the Faculty of Law's exchange-programme or have admission to Law-electives at masters-level. All applicants must fill the formal prerequisites.

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must fill one of these requirements:

  • Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-years degree Master of Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) (or exams that qualify for exemption for these) or
  • Hold a 5-years Master’s degree in Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) or equivalent.

Exemptions from the formal prerequisites will be given to students with admission to the faculty's own exchange or master’s degree programmes. This rule does not apply to students with admission to other master’s degree programmes at the University of Oslo, unless otherwise agreed.

Teaching

Lectures/seminars.

Language of teaching for this course is English. This means that all communication during lectures/seminars will be in English, and all literature and auxiliary materials are in English.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Examination

Term paper with a maximum of 4000 words.

A draft should be handed in in the middle of the semester, maximum of 2000 words. Delivery of the draft is mandatory. Students are awarded either a passing or a failing grade on the draft.

Use of sources and rules for citing.

Be sure that you are familiar with the use of sources and the rules for citing/quoting from others work .
UiO uses a plagiarism checking tool as one of several instruments for detecting suspicion of cheating and attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Previous exam papers

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Guidelines for the evaluation of grades at The Faculty of Law

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Other

The language for this course is English. Students enrolled in the Masterprogrammet i rettsvitenskap must pass one English subject as part of their degree, this course will meet these obligations.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English