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Advanced Master Law and Digital Technologies - Leiden University

Law and Digital Technologies (Advanced LL.M.)

Programme structure

We aim to engage your mind through our multidimensional approach to legal and regulatory theory.

Programme overview

In this programme, you will learn about a range of legal, regulatory and ethical challenges related to digital technologies in the areas of amongst others privacy, data protection, cybercrime, internet governance, fundamental rights in the digital environment, law and artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, platform regulation etc. Your coursework will help you develop a deeper understanding of technology regulation and governance of digital infrastructures and applications. Your courses will address both the transnational sources of hard law, relevant case law and techno-regulation. Special attention will be paid to differences in addressing new legal questions arising from technological developments.

We offer courses with different orientations: courses to develop a holistic perspective on regulation of digital technologies (e.g. the core course Regulating Digital Technologies, or Ethics and Digital Technologies), courses around specific types of digital technologies (e.g. the core course Internet Governance, or Electronic Communications Law and Law and Human-Machine Interaction), courses centred around a specific body of law (e.g. Internet Privacy and EU Data Protection), and courses around specific themes in Law and Digital Technologies (such as Fundamental Rights and Digital Technologies, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, Digital Children’s Rights, Platforms and Law). Throughout these courses, you will develop a variety of academic and practical skills through the use of different teaching and assessment methods. You will be introduced to a wide variety of perspectives through the diversity of teachers and guest lecturers and through working together in a highly international group of students who bring different experiences and perspectives to the classroom.

Courses

For detailed information on the courses and curricula, see the e-Prospectus. Please note that this guide refers to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may differ slightly. We re-evaluate the curriculum on a regular basis to follow the trends in our rapidly developing field and the most current active expertise of our staff.

TechTrends Workshops and other extra-curricular Activities

Program organizes series of workshops – TechTrends Workshops – for you to get acquainted with the latest trends in the industry. We also sometimes conduct extracurricular workshops, such as a coding workshop for lawyers for students to experience what is involved in technology programming. Moreover, we organize other extracurricular activities. This includes study trips in major high-tech companies, law firms, and/or government institutions. Such activities include a trip to Brussels for Computer Privacy & Data Protection Conference (CPDP) and other study trips.  

Law and Digital Technologies Clinic

The Law and Digital Technologies Clinic is part of a concerted effort to develop strategic partnerships with industry and is an important part of the student experience. As law can often be abstract, practical understanding of its application brings benefits to not only our students, but also to companies subject to the laws. The Law and Digital Technologies master’s programme has teamed up with Privacy Company in The Hague to give students the opportunity to apply the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) outside the classroom. The clinic will take place during the summer months and is open to a select group of Law and Digital Technologies students who have successfully applied.

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