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Cybercrime and Cybersecurity


Course Description

More than ever cybercrime and cybersecurity are high on the agenda of the public and private sector. Because of society’s increased dependence on ICTs, both in critical infrastructures and more in general, cybersecurity, cybercrime and cyberthreats of various kinds are at the forefront of academic and policy debate. This course will focus on these developments in light of the rule of law and addresses fundamental issues of legitimacy and transparency that are at stake when it comes to protecting cybersecurity and combating cybercrime. Furthermore, the course analyses the consequences of these developments for citizens, in terms of fundamental rights and civil liberties. Amongst others, the trade-off between privacy and security will be discussed.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Cybercrime ecosystems and infrastructures

  • Cybercrime methods (hacking, ddos)

  • Substantive criminal law on cybercrime (hacking, ddos, malware distribution etc.)

  • Law of criminal procedure (special investigative methods e.g. offensive hacking)

  • Legal aspects of digital forensics

Special attention will be devoted to those issues that complicate the investigation of cybercrime (jurisdiction, anonymisation and encryption).

Course Requirement

Master Degree


The timetable of this course will be available for students in MyTimetable


More information on this course is offered in Brightspace


Attendance is mandatory as specified in Article 5.1 of the Course and Examination Regulations of the Master of Laws Advanced Studies Programmes.

Assessment Method

Exam / Take home exam 100%

Contact infomation

Programme Coordinator
Ms Patricia Garcia Fernandez
Telephone number: 0031- 71 527 4228

Should there be any future extenuating circumstances which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2023 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.