This course is aimed at students in the Master´s Programme in International Business Law (IBL). Other law degree students and law exchange students are welcome to attend this course as well.
Students from other faculties must first apply for the right to take this course before they can register for this course.
This is an advanced course. Accordingly, students are expected to have a solid knowledge of EU law and competition law.
This course complements with the following courses offered under the IBL programme:
— IBL-427 Laws of the Digital Era;
— IBL-410 Advanced Internal Market Law;
— OIK-Y402 Privacy in EU Law;
— IBL-421 Foundations of Information Law;
— IBL-330 Writing Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and the Law;
— IBL-432 Security, Technology and Data Protection;
— IBL-415 EU Competition Law - Public and Private Enforcement;
— IBL-332 Writing Seminar: Competition Law in Digital Age.
This course offers an overview and an update on the European approach to Internet regulation and policy. After completing the course, students will be able to have a solid knowledge on EU laws and regulations concerning the regulation of Internet, and issues related to Internet law under the perspective of the existing EU rules (and policies) that touch upon Internet issues.
Further learning goals include the identification of such rules (existing applicable rules and current proposals under the EU Digital Agenda), and the awareness about existing debates concerning the regulation of Internet not only in the EU, but also beyond the EU marketplace, and how it impacts on the configuration of the EU Digital Single Market.
III teaching period
The course provides an examination and an update on EU laws and regulations comprising the regulation of Internet and issues related to Internet law under the European perspective.
The core content comprises the following issues:
— EU legal framework concerning Internet regulation (in the areas such as electronic communications, privacy, electronic commerce;
— EU Online Rights;
— net neutrality in the EU;
— digital content and Geo-blocking in the EU;
— online platforms (e.g. Google): Internet Regulation v. Competition Law;
— speech and content regulation (liability of intermediaries);
— electronic commerce;
— data protection and privacy;
— big data;
— intellectual property rights.
The course is a lecture-based course. However, unlike conventional lecture-based courses, the teaching method will prioritize active engagement and participation from enrolled students by means of debates on particular topics, group work, and cases discussions. This more practical approach would allow participants to develop their learning on the subject as the course progresses. Therefore, the number of students is limited to 40 participants.
The course comprises compulsory reading for every session. The reading material, consisting of relevant legislation and literature on the different topics to be addressed in the course, will be provided by the instructors The student is required to read around 200–250 pp. The material is made available online by the instructors in Moodle (password protected course restricted to participants).
For the course, students´learning will be assessed on the basis of the following:
1. Active participation in class (Attendance will be compulsory. maximum 3 justified absences allowed). This item will amount up to 20 % of the overall grade (general scale).
2. Coursework. Participants are expected to present in groups (4–5 students) different topics related to the subject of the course. This item will amount up to 40 % of the overall grade (general scale).
3. Learning journal. At the end of the course, participants are expected to submit their learning journals, where they reflect on the different topics discussed in class. Given the nature of the subject, the learning journals may include some reflections on current news and policies to be put in the context of the different topics of the course, giving the opportunity to students to put in connection the course contents with the practice and everyday issues.