Tilburg University Summer School

We offer you intensive academic summer courses (ECTS Accredited) combined with cultural and social activities.


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1st European Summer School on Technical Standards and the Law

Course overview
Course period 17 July - 26 July 2017
Max. participants 30 participants
Course leaders prof. dr. C. (Kees) Stuurman; Irene Kamara LL.M, MSc; Jingze Li LL.M
Target group LL.M students(current or prospective)/graduates, PhD students
Schedule Weekdays: 9.30-12:30 lecture, 14:30-16:30 lecture/working session, one field trip
Course fee € 750

Course aims

  • Give you a deeper insight in the EU and international standardization landscape.
  • Develop your analytical skills; analyze the EU legislation related to standardization including the New Approach and the Regulation 1025/2012.
  • Deepen your knowledge on legal nature of technical standards and the relation to other instruments (certification, codes of conduct).
  • Teach you to critically assess contemporary issues (copyright, patent, competition, personal data protection …) relating to standardization activity in the EU.
  • Learn to identify uses of standardization as a tool for supporting Union legislation, policies and innovation.
  • Expand your network of standardization experts and academics in the industry.

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Course information

Providing cutting-edge knowledge within the field of standardization, this Summer school will give you an insight on the impact of technical standards on businesses, industries, authorities and individuals. Standards, for example Android and IOS, are used on a daily basis and may provide businesses and industries advantages over their competitors. But individuals can also benefit from standardization, as they provide transparency on the methods, processes and quality management of businesses.

Standards are developed for a range of topics such as information security, product safety, social responsibility, privacy, cloud computing and drones. For those who want to understand limitations and possibilities of emerging technologies in our techno-driven society, the understanding of dynamics of technical standardization and its complex legal aspects is highly relevant.

This course will introduce you to the world of standards, standards-setting processes and governance.  In-depth analyses of various legal issues, such as standard-essential patents, copyright protection of technical standards and data privacy standards, ensures you get a thorough understanding of standardization. The main focus of the course is on the European legal and policy approach towards technical standardization, but international standardization such as ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) will also be discussed.

Teaching methods:

  • Meet up with experts in the field of standardization during a field trip.
  • Learning is closely connected to professional practice, with course leaders and guest lectures from academia and practice.
  • The course will include both frontal teaching and interactive teaching.
  • You will participate in case studies and working sessions in groups.

For the exact program of this course, please click on this link

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Course materials

  • Danish Standards Foundation (2015) “A world built on standards. A textbook for higher education”, 1st edition, ISBN: 978-87-7310-963-2 (free online download)
  • A reader with course materials will be provided by the university.
  • The links to download Book and Readers will be available to the students admitted to the Course.

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Course specifics

The course is targeted to persons interested in legal issues in standardization. Participants may have legal, technical, or business background. Proficient knowledge of English is necessary. 

Requirements to obtain an attestation of attendance are the following: minimum attendance of 85% of course activities, active participation during the lectures, participation in working sessions, and 10-15min presentation on a topic relevant to the summer course material, in the end of the summer course. Such attestation might also be a basis for obtaining ECTS.

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Application & Registration

Students of all levels (BA/MA/PhD) of all fields are welcome to join the course.

Registration is open now! Please go to the registration page to subscribe. Your registration for Tilburg University Summer School should be completed by the end of June, 2017.

If you want to apply for this course, please follow these steps:

  • Register via the Tilburg University Summer School registration page.
  • Follow the steps in the registration system and fill in your personal information and requirements.
  • Once you have completed your registration (click “save”), the summer school staff will evaluate your registration.
  • Upon acceptance, your registration will be approved and you will be notified via e-mail with instructions concerning the payment of the course fee (iDEAL or creditcard).
  • Your registration will only be completed and acknowledged after we have received your payment

Please note that Tilburg University reserves the right to cancel the course in case fewer than 10 students sign up for the course. The maximum number of participants is 30, there will be a waiting list available if the course is full.

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All admitted participants are expected to pay a course fee of €750.

  • Early bird applications by April 30th 2017: discount 10%, TiU students (current/future/alumni): 15%. Combination of discounts is not possible.
  • The course fee covers the participation of the lectures of the course, reading material (which will be provided electronically), welcome & farewell drinks, train tickets for the field trip, and marketing and organizational fees for Tilburg University Summer School. 
  • Scholarships are not available.
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  • The course fee does not include accommodation.
  • Tilburg University Summer School recommends you book a room with the Student Housing company directly. If you wish to do so, you can indicate this during your registration.
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More information

For more information, please send an e-mail to summerschool@tilburguniversity.edu

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