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eLaw examines the role of law in the information society: how can law contribute to the proper functioning of information and communication technologies, and their use by citizens, businesses and governments?

Law, Technology, & Society

Technology changes society. The internet, computers, smartphones, persuasive technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous systems, and robotics challenge the law and how we interact with this world unprecedentedly. They raise questions about their governance, can promote and threaten long-held fundamental values and rights, such as the right to privacy, safety, or dignity, and, often, it is unclear to what extent they are beneficial for us and this planet. 

Technology can effectively prevent cybercrime, empower vulnerable users to participate in society, and bridge gaps and divides if used adequately. If not used according to legitimate procedures, technology can impede government accountability, violate fundamental rights, and be the worst of anyone's nightmares. These and many other questions still do not have an answer, unfortunately. What's worse: many of these questions remain silent because impacts, risks, and opportunities are unknown to many. 

In this English-language course, we will learn how technology affects society from the legal and regulatory lenses. We will help you navigate some of the most pressing questions concerning cybersecurity, privacy, emotions, fairness arising from the use and deployment of technology.

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Study load
25 hours

Tentative Schedule 

Week Day Date Tme Lecture Lecturer
1 Mon 22 Jan 2024 13:15 - 15:00 Law, technology & society (intro) Carlotta Rigotti
2 Mon 29 Jan 2024 13:15 - 15:00 AI in public decision-making Friso Selten
3 Mon 05 Feb 2024 13:15 - 15:00 Online hate speech Eva Nave
4 Mon 12 Feb 2024 13:15 - 15:00 Cybercrime Marc van der Ham
5 Mon 26 Feb 2024 13:15 - 15:00 Outer space: The law's final frontier Dimitra Stefoudi
6 Mon 04 March 2024 13:15 - 15:00 Towards evidence-based politices for safe and sound robots TBC
7 Mon 11 March 2024 13:15 - 15:00 Affective computing ('emotion AI') and its implications for privacy and data protection law Andreas Häuserlmann
8 Mon 18 March 2024 13:15 - 17:00 Student presentations Students


Registration and admission

For the eLaw course, we are on the lookout for 25 students who are itching to dive into the depths of knowledge about law, technology, and society. We want to know what gets your heart racing about this mind-blowing intersection. Why do you find it so fascinating and important? Any specific topics that pique your curiosity?

Don't sweat it, if you don't have prior knowledge. We welcome everyone, who is in their 4th, 5th, and 6th year. But if you have been involved in any activity related to law, technology, and/or society— inside or outside of school —let us know. Your experiences can bring a whole new dimension to our class.

And, if there's anything else you would like to share with the selection committee, go ahead. Your voice matters!

By November 22nd 14:00, fill in the registration form, and submit your letter of intent in English. Please restrict your letter to 350 words. For more information, see the application & selection page


For practical questions, you can contact Esrih Bakker, coordinator of the Pre-University Classes. 

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