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Electronic Communications Law

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2020-2021

Course Description

Electronic communications law is applied to a very dynamic business and regulatory environment within an inherently European and international force field. Fast moving technological developments that range from the deployment of innovative intelligent mobile networks, the ever-increasing broadband penetration, the growth in smart devices to disruptive business models require regular critical reviews of the regulatory framework; the most relevant piece of regulation for this course being the European Electronic Communications Code.

Connectivity, the digital economy, the European data strategy and net neutrality are just a few of the topics at the centre of the legal debate in the coming years. The ongoing convergence of the regulated telecommunications sector and the hardly regulated information and communications sectors poses difficult dilemmas for regulatory authorities. These dilemmas are reflected in discussions on very relevant legal issues, such as: access to next generation networks, freedom of information and privacy, and universal service and end-user rights.

This course addresses the impact of technological developments on the public and private law aspects of electronic communications. The course covers both the ius constitutum and the ius constituendum) as applied by regulatory authorities to stakeholders, ranging from telco’s, Internet service providers to end-users (consumers and businesses) in a field of ‘incumbents’ as well as ‘new entrants’.

Course Requirement

Master Degree

Timetable

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Attendance

Attendance of 80% of the scheduled course lectures is mandatory

Assessment Method

  • 10-15 page paper on relevant subject written in accordance with the Advanced Master thesis instructions and handed in against the deadline. In case of late delivery a 1 point deduction will apply. Grading will be based on the Advanced Master thesis criteria and may include an assessment of an oral presentation of the paper (40%).

  • Written exam (60%).

Passing grade mandatory for both paper and exam to pass this course

Contact information

Programme Coordinator
Ms Patricia Garcia Fernandez
Telephone number: 0031- 71 527 4228
E-mail: lawanddigitaltechnologies@law.leidenuniv.nl

Disclaimer:
This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board