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Advanced Master Law and Digital Technologies - Leiden University

Law and Digital Technologies (Advanced LL.M.)

Leiden University’s Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in Law and Digital Technologies (L.L.M.) explores the law and governance relating to the internet, computers, mobile devices, persuasive technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, etc. These digital technologies present unprecedented challenges to the law. They raise questions about their governance (e.g., in relation to the global reach and jurisdiction) and can both promote and threaten long-held fundamental values and rights, such as the right to privacy. Moreover, they can be effective tools for (cyber)crime, or impede government accountability if not used according to legitimate procedures. While the legal system is challenged by digital technologies, it is also the most powerful tool for regulating them. In the Advanced Studies in Law and Digital Technologies (L.L.M.) you will explore the multi-dimensional relationship between law and digital technologies with academic and professional experts in the field.

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Simone van der Hof

Professor

Simone van der Hof

“The emergence of digital technologies raises many fundamental and complex legal challenges that professionals and scholars must be able to address in their work. This programme provides you with advanced knowledge and practical skills to find answers in this demanding, international and interdisciplinary environment.”

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What does this master's programme entail?

The tension between law and digital technologies poses a particularly interesting challenge to lawyers and legal scholars. It is often claimed that technology develops faster than law. Nevertheless, accelerated changes in digital technologies are almost always followed by the rapid adaptation of existing laws, or the adoption of new ones. This creates a dynamic field of law that requires legal scholars and professionals not only to keep an up-to-date view, but also to develop a deep theoretical legal understanding of the legal issues surrounding emerging technologies, as well as practical skills to thrive in this growing interdisciplinary, global field. Our program, Law and Digital Technologies (LL.M.), involves equipping students with such an overview, theoretical understanding, and practical skills.

Reasons for choosing Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University?

As a student of the Law and Digital Technologies programme, you will benefit from:

  • Multidisciplinary learning: You will develop expertise on the law and governance of the internet and digital technologies, with an emphasis on regulatory theory (internet governance and techno-regulation) as well as national and international law (hard law, soft law and case law).
  • Excellent reputation: Leiden Law School has developed its reputation for excellence by combining a high level of academic teaching with acclaimed and innovative research. This tradition of quality attracts prestigious professors and professionals from all over the world, who teach in a challenging and supportive atmosphere.
  • International environment: In addition to the international focus of the curriculum, the unique mix of students and faculty that represent all continents makes our programme a truly international experience.
  • Extensive networking: You will build a strong professional network through interaction with your fellow students, who are often practicing lawyers from all over the world. You will also build your network during various activities organised by the program. Such activities include a trip to Brussels for the Computer Privacy & Data Protection Conference (CPDP) and other study trips.   
  • Study trips: The program organises study trips in high-tech companies, law firms, and/or government institutions. In previous years, such study trips included trips to Bits of Freedom, T-Mobile,  European Court of Justice, Considerati, etc.

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Is Law and Digital Technologies the right programme for you?

Are you interested in learning more about complex legal and regulatory issues related to the development and convergence of digital technologies? Law and Digital Technologies is a focused and demanding postgraduate programme that will advance your knowledge of this growing field of law. It is aimed at both legal professionals and top graduates who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of law and digital technologies from a European, international and multidisciplinary perspective.

Read more about the entry requirements for Law and Digital Technologies.

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