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Law and Information Technology in Europe


Admission requirements



This course provides an insight into the interaction between European law and information technology. Topics include Copy Right and Database Protection, the Development of Internet, Electronic Signatures, Telecommunications and Standardisation, Electronic Commerce, and Personal Data Protection.

Particular attention will be paid to European harmonisation and liberalisation measures.

Course objectives

objectives of the course:

  • To provide current European ICT-legal topics.

Achievement levels:

  • To obtain knowledge about current legal topics concerning European ICT Law


See: This course is given twice: once in the 2nd part of the Fall semester and once in the 1st part of the Spring semester.
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Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures:

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  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Two 2-hour seminars per week

  • Names of instructors: Prof. dr. R.E. van Esch; Prof. dr. H.J. van den Herik; dr. M. Voulon LL.M; J.A. Tempelman LL.M; dr. A.C. Beunen LL.M; dr. G.J. Zwenne LL.M

  • Required preparation by students: Reading the materials (in the reader)

Other methods of instruction

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Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (open book).

Submission procedures

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) as per the course information guide and the subjects discussed during classes and all other instructions which are part of the course.


More information on this course is offered in “Blackboard”:

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • None


  • Reader available at Onderwijsmaterialen (KOG, A.045)

Recommended course materials:

  • None


Students have to register for courses and exams through “U-twist”:

Contact information

  • Coordinator: Mrs F.A.M. van der Klaauw-Koops, lecturer in law

  • Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25, Leiden, room B3.22

  • Contact information: trough e-mail

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7846

  • E-mail:


  • Institution: Meta Juridica/Jurisprudence

  • Division: eLaw@Leiden, Centre for Law in the Information Society, Leiden University

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, room B3.28

  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday. 09.00 – 17.00hrs

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 7873

  • E-mail:

Remarks None

Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van Contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), vinden hier meer informatie over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc.