Students should be able to
- detect legal issues and distinguish them from the ethical, political and technical dimensions of a problem;
- locate and interpret relevant legal sources (statutes, case law, doctrinal texts, international conventions, EU Directives);
- collaborate with lawyers to deeplink legal protection into the computational architecture of e.g. the Internet of Things.
What makes law relevant for computer science experts? What is the difference between law, morality and politics? What does it mean to 'speak law to power'? How do computational technologies change the playing field of traditional written law? What law applies to the sharing of personal data with a company established in the US, e.g. Google? How will data protection law change with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation? Which investigative techniques can be employed lawfully by justice authorities and how can citizens contest violations of privacy or due process?
This course aims to provide computer and information scientists with an overview of the legal domain and a reflection on the fundamental changes in the legal system due to the emerging computational infrastructure.
We will start with a general introduction to law in a constitutional democracy, and move on to explain the characteristics of private, public and criminal law. We will then investigate how deterritorialization brought about by the web affects the relationship between national and international jurisdiction.
The core part of the course will flesh out some the topical issues raised by the rise of ‘cyberspace’: privacy, data protection, eCommerce and cybercrime.
Finally, we will have a look at the problems caused by relatively independent behaviour of artificial agents and how this can be accommodated by the legal system. In this part of the course we will also investigate challenges and opportunities for building legal protection into the technological infrastructure.