Law & Technology alumnus Rodney Mhungu

Program and courses Law and Technology

Cover different technologies, such as ICT and biotechnology, and different legal domains, such as intellectual property rights, privacy, and competition. The program is multidisciplinary, which means that not all lecturers will have a legal background. The program has a legal outset, but broadens the perspective of students by including insights from other scientific domains such as economy, ethics and technology. The difficult challenges we face today in society cannot be solved by only involving the legal discipline.

Program structure

This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 2 core course (12 ECTS)
  • 6 elective courses (36 ECTS)
  • Master's thesis (12 ECTS) 

You can start either at the end of August or at the end of January.

Please note, that to remain at the forefront of the rapidly evolving field of Law & Technology, the curriculum is liable to changes in each new academic year.

Program content

Hybrid education | Online and on-campus education

In the academic year 2023/2024, this Master's program offers hybrid education, meaning the following: 

  • The program offers you the flexibility  to attend the classes either online or on campus

  • Exams will be organized exclusively online

  • Classes and exams will be scheduled according to the Central European Time zone

  • Recordings are made of most lectures, but we do not guarantee this. Live attendance during classes fosters the community of online and on campus students.
  • The pre-Master’s program is only offered on campus

If you apply for the Master Law and technology, you will receive more information about the online and on campus option after you have been (conditionally) admitted. 

Core courses

Fall semester (End of August - January)

  • Regulation: Ethics, Acceptance, Legitimacy (6 ECTS)
  • Researching Law and Technology (6 ECTS - in fall or in spring semester)
Elective courses

Choose 6 electives (36 ECTS) from this list. 

Fall semester (End of August - January)

  • Capita Selecta Privacy and Data Protection (6 ECTS)
  • Competition Law and Technology Industries (6 ECTS)
  • Cybercrime (6 ECTS)
  • Privacy and Data Protection (6 ECTS)
  • Regulating Competition ( 6 ECTS)

Spring semester (End of January - June)

  • Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property Rights (6 ECTS) 
  • Climate Change Law (6 ECTS) 
  • European Intellectual Property Law & Technology (6 ECTS) 
  • Health, Care, Technology and Regulation (6 ECTS) 
  • Law, Technology and the Environment (6 ECTS)  
  • Regulation and Governance of Artificial Intelligence ( 6 ECTS) 

The choice is entirely up to you, but you can choose to focus on a certain expertise. The electives can be placed in two clusters to help you shape your profile:  

  1. Internet and ICT cluster:

  • Cybercrime
  • Governance and Regulation of AI

 2.  Societal cluster:

  • Climate Change Law
  • Health, Care, Technology and Regulation
  • Law, Technology and the Environment
Master’s thesis

In both semesters you will be working on your Master's thesis:

  • The Master Law and Technology is concluded with a thesis (12 ECTS). 
  •  A mandatory preparatory course Researching Law and Technology (6 ECTS) is part of the thesis process.
  • We work with Thesis Focus Groups to guide you through the thesis process.
  • Obligatory lectures are offered to develop and improve your ability to formulate a strong research question, to structure an introduction, to choose and report methodology, and to write a discussion.
  • You can start in September following the trajectory until June. When you start end of January you follow the trajectory until December.

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

Go to the course descriptions

Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.

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Short overview of Law and Technology

Cover different technologies, such as ICT and biotechnology, and different legal domains, such as intellectual property rights, privacy, and competition.

  • Learning is closely connected to professional practice, with lawyers from international offices systematically involved in the lectures.
  • No background in science or technology required. More important is your affinity with the social aspects of technology.
  • Legal +, the program is multidisciplinary: the program has a legal outset, but broadens your perspective by including insights from other scientific domains such as economy, ethics, market mechanisms and techno-regulation. It offers a broader perspective on both legal and non-legal regulation.
  • Assessment in most courses consist of two elements: your knowledge and skills are tested!
  • Choose your own specialization.

Interested in the LLM Law and Technology?

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