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Electronic Communications Law


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 regulatory framework, like the European Electronic Communications Code, and the International framework, like the ITU Constitution and Convention.
Connectivity, the digital economy, the European data strategy, interoperability 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 with information technology sectors and the role of telecommunications in the internet ecosystem poses difficult dilemmas for regulatory authorities. These dilemmas are reflected in discussions on very relevant legal issues, such as: market entry, access to networks, regulation of power, standardisation, unmanned aircraft, satellites, freedom of information and privacy, 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, international organizations, Internet service providers to end-users (consumers and businesses) in a field of ‘incumbents’ as well as ‘new entrants’.

Course Requirement

Master Degree


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


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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

  • Paper on relevant subject written in accordance with the Advanced Master thesis instructions, including a mandatory feedback process, 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 a report on the feedback process and assessment of an oral presentation of the paper (50%).

  • Written exam (50%).

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

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.