Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

TILT studies emerging technologies and their impact on the individual and society, recognizing the interplay between technology, regulation and fundamental values & human rights.

Education and Teaching Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Bachelor's program

TILT offers various courses in Law and Technology for Bachelor and advanced students in law and related fields. TILT researchers are involved in the Global Law Bachelor by teaching a course on Technology and Society. The aim of this course is to develop students’ knowledge of important trends in technological developments to the degree that these developments are relevant for regulation, legislation, and enforcement.

Master's program

The cornerstone of TILT's education program is its Master's program in Law and Technology. This LL.M. course started in September 2005. The program attracts 100 students from all over the world on a yearly basis. The program focuses on regulatory and legal aspects of the introduction of innovative technologies. It includes courses on intellectual property rights management, legal aspects of biotechnology, risk management and regulation, and ethics of technology.

Students are trained in assessing the mutual relationships between technologies and society, through a profound interdisciplinary knowledge of technology, law, and society. In individual courses extra attention is paid to typical requirements of lawyers practice. Additional seminars are provided on topical developments

Praise for TILT's Law and Technology Master

In the 2013 edition of the "Keuzegids Hoger Onderwijs" (Holland's most important independent brochure for students to facilitate their choice of studies) TILT's Law and Technology master is rated among the best specialized law master programs. Among the masters in law and technology or ICT it is rated the best. The curriculum receives praise by both students and scholars. Contact opportunities with staff are also rated excellent.

In the 2015 edition of the “Keuzegids Masteropleidingen” (a guide which provides yearly rankings based on a national student survey), the Law and Technology master received the highest score out of the master’s programs of the Tilburg Law Faculty, together with the Research Master in Law.

TILT teaching at the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science

Tilburg University is one of the founding partners of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS). TILT lecturers are currently involved in the coordination and teaching of multiple JADS related courses. Through its input, TILT aims to infuse the courses with a strong legal and ethical foundation that will stay with JADS students throughout the rest of their careers.

The majority of JADS students do not have a legal background. However, over the course of their careers, they will inevitably face circumstances in which they will benefit from an understanding of the legal frameworks of Data Protection and Intellectual Property. Beyond this, TILT lecturers seek to challenge JADS students to be aware of not only legal considerations but also the ethical and moral obligations that come into play when one deals with (big) data.

The following classes are taught by TILT lecturers as part of JADS:

  • Joint Bachelor in Data Science: (Tilburg + Eindhoven)
  • Law and Data Science
  • Perspectives on Data Science
  • Data Science Ethics
  • Joint Masters: Data Science and Entrepreneurship (Den Bosch)
  • IP and Privacy
  • Law, Ethics and Entrepreneurship
  • Masters in Data Science: Business and Governance (Tilburg)
  • Mandatory: Data Science Regulation and Law
  • Elective: Data Science: Sustainability, Privacy and Security

The primary aim of the courses TILT provides is to ensure that data scientists of the future are aware of the legal and ethical duties that come with the great potential of (big) data. The legal courses seek to provide a basic framework which allows students to build an understanding and awareness of fundamental legal concepts that they may encounter. The IP and Privacy courses, either on their own or in conjunction with other courses, aim to ensure the students are aware of the soon to be implemented GDPR and the strict rules regarding privacy and data protection that they might be required to understand, implement and follow. Meanwhile, the courses on ethics are designed to arm students with an appreciation of certain moral and ethical factors which may influence a decision not to analyze or publish certain information, even in cases where it is already publicly available.

Tailor made courses

TILT also teaches various tailor made courses of postgraduate levels, for instance in e-commerce, ICT contracts, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, public information law, and cybercrime.

Testimonial Law and Technology


"The Master's program in Law and Technology was an excellent choice with interesting yet challenging subjects, great support from the professors which in turn allowed me to develop my own special field of expertise. My education in TILT proved to be an essential cornerstone for the launch of my career in the field of cyber security"

Mari Kert, Cybersecurity Policy Manager European Organization for Security