Law in Cyberspace
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-IMC006
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
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
KW1-KW2  (04/09/2017 to 04/02/2018)
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 facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedureIn order of Study programme
ExplanationIn order of Study programme
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.
Short description:
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.
Part I
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. 
Part II
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.
Part III
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.
Will be distributed via Blackboard

Teaching formats

• 24 hours lecture
• 28 hours group project work without guidance
• 116 hours individual study period

Extra information teaching methods: Lectures, discussion and written assignments

Additional comments
This course is an optional course in the security master specialisation.

- Law, Democracy and the Rule of Law
- Private Law, Public Law and Criminal Law
- International, Transnational Law
- Privacy and Data Protection- Cybercrime
- Copyright
- Legal Personhood for Artificial Agents?
- Legal Protection by Design

Test information
written assignments, written exam

No specific prior knowledge of law is required.

Required materials
Will be distributed via Blackboard
Hage, Jaap, Waltermann, Antonia, Akkermans, Bram (Eds.), Introduction to Law, Springer 2017

Instructional modes
Course occurrence




Lectures, discussion and written assignments

Test weight1
Test typeDigital exam with TAO
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW4