The programme examines the relationship between law and ICT within four areas: electronic communications, intellectual property, privacy/data protection and electronic commerce.
- Thorough knowledge of the relationship between law and information and communication technology (ICT) within the areas of electronic communications, intellectual property, privacy/data protection and electronic commerce.
- Thorough knowledge of the relevant law of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
- Knowledge of the relevant law in certain non-European jurisdictions, particularly the USA.
- Thorough knowledge of the ways in which ICT challenges the application and enforcement of law on point.
- Knowledge of relevant soft law (eg guidelines, codes of practice, forms of alternative dispute resolution).
- Elucidate and critically assess the challenges posed by ICT to law in the above fields, including assessment of the efficacy of law in the digital environment.
- Interpret and apply legal rules in the above fields, in accordance with generally accepted legal-dogmatic method.
- Elucidate and critically assess the regulatory roles played by ICT as such and by various forms of soft law.
- Undertake independent, limited research under supervision and in compliance with applicable norms for research ethics.
- Ability to understand the main ways in which (i) ICT affects the application of existing law, (ii) existing law affects the use of ICT, and (iii) ICT functions as a regulatory mechanism in itself.
- Ability to suggest and assess alternative forms of regulation to traditional law, in accordance with ideals of fairness and justice.
- Mastery of the rules and discourse of ICT law.
- Ability to communicate legal, ethical and technological arguments relating to the field of ICT law, on the basis of independent research.
The programme offers first and foremost a specialisation for lawyers and students with an educational background in law. The programme is particularly well-suited for young lawyers who would like to work in an international setting.
Participants in the programme are required to have a legal background.