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Electronic Communications Law


Course Description

Electronic communications law is a dynamic regulatory environment, not only because of rapid technological developments (intelligent mobile networks, increasing broadband penetration, smart devices etc.) but also because of the innovation of business models and radical changes in the regulatory framework. All this has changed, and will further change the provision and use of telecommunications services in the near future.

The convergence of technologies brings together a (still) highly regulated sector (telecommunications) with one (ICTs) that is not (yet) regulated as a sector, which raises regulatory questions. Crucial issues such as net neutrality are at the forefront of the debate and deal with important matters of freedom of information and privacy, as well as the concept of universal service and detailed end-user rights.

Telecommunications law has to deal with an inherently European and international force field of different legal areas, including both public and private law, that may not necessarily be able to keep up with these developments. This course addresses the impact of technological developments on the law and vice versa (ius constitutum and ius constituendum) on regulatory authorities, telco’s and ISP’s (‘incumbents’ as well as ‘new entrants’) and users (consumers as well as businesses).

Course Requirement

Master Degree


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


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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

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