Law for Computer Scientists
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-IBC037
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Informatica en Informatiekunde;
M. Hildebrandt
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Contactperson for the course
M. Hildebrandt
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M. Hildebrandt
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M.E. Koning, LLM
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Academic year2017
KW4  (16/04/2018 to 02/09/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksStudents for whom the course is compulsory in their programme have first access.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedureIn order of Study programme
ExplanationIn order of Study programme
Students will be able to:
  • Discriminate between nonsensical and sound information on legal issues in the media
  • Discriminate between opinions about the law and the force of ‘legal effect’
  • Conduct own research in the ‘sources of law’, and to develop valid legal argumentation
Will the operator of a Tor Exit Node be liable for disseminating child porn if she is not aware?
Can an App developer process personal data if she removes the name?
Is downloading parts of a database (a series of Facebook profiles) a violation of database copyright?
Law for computer scientists offers an introduction to law, with a focus on what is relevant for designing, protecting and using computing systems.The emphasis is on a profound understanding of the architecture of law as a system of written and unwritten norms, with special attention for the difference between private law, public law and criminal law and the major importance of legal argumentation. This will provide the foundation for discussing data protection law, cybercrime and software licences.

In the master course of ‘Law in Cyberspace’ similar issues will be discussed at a more advanced level of analysis. 
Details about literature will be provided on Blackboard.

Teaching formats
• 14 hours of lecture
• 2 hours response lecture
• 68 hours individual study (including assignments)

Further information about teaching methods: Lectures and assignments.

Law, logic and experience, legal argumentation, private law, public law and criminal law, national, international and supranational law, data protection, cybercrime, copyright.

Test information
Written exam. Weekly assignments (with feedback) count for admissability for the exam.

No specific prerequisites, but students should be advanced in their bachelor programme Computing Sciences

Required materials
Texts which will be distributed through blackboard

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Response course
Attendance MandatoryYes


Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW4, Block KW4