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Law and Information Technology in Europe

Course 2012-2013

Admission requirements



This course will teach you how European law regulates information technologies (IT) and, particularly, the Internet. After an introduction into European IT an Internet Law, the course will address a series of specific themes and issues, which have been addressed by the European legislator and the European Court of Justice. Themes may include:

• Copyright in a digital environment
• Electronic signatures
• Electronic commerce
• Online privacy and data protection
• Online consumer protection
• Online gambling

Course objectives

Objectives of the course:
• To provide insights into ways in which various areas of European law regulate information technologies and the Internet
• To discuss new legal developments in European IT and Internet law
• To thoroughly analyse a particular area of European IT and Internet law

Achievement levels:
• To obtain in-depth knowledge about particular areas of European IT and Internet law
• To critically review developments in European IT and Internet law
• To provide a thorough written analysis of a particular legal area in European IT and Internet law
• To cooperate with fellow students on a written assignment


See: This course will lectured in the first and second semester.

Mode of instruction


• Number of (2 hour) lectures: seven
• Names of lecturers: Prof. Simone van der Hof and several selected guest lecturers
• Required preparation by students: reading the obligatory study materials on BlackBoard

Assessment method

Examination form(s)
• Written exam (open book)
• Written group assignment

Areas to be tested within the exam The exam will address the subjects discussed in the course. Students need to study the lectures as well as the required reading material on BlackBoard.


Relevant information on this course, including required study materials, is available on Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
See BlackBoard


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information

• Coordinator: Prof. Simone van der Hof
• Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25, Leiden, room B3.29
• E-mail:


• Institution: Meta Juridica
• Division: eLaw@Leiden, Centre for Law and the Information Society
• Room number secretariat: B3.30
• Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 8838
• E-mail: