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Law and Information Technology in Europe


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:

  • Electronic identity and trusted services

  • Electronic commerce

  • Online privacy and data protection

  • Online consumer protection

  • Liability of ISPs

  • 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
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • 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


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 7

  • Names of lecturers: Prof. Simone van der Hof and several selected guest lecturers

  • Required preparation by students: Reading the obligatory study materials on Blackboard


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Not applicable

  • Names of instructors:

  • Required preparation by students:

Other methods of instruction

  • Description: Not applicable

  • Number of (2 hour) instructions:

  • Names of instructors:

  • Required preparation by students:

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (open book)

  • Written group assignment

Submission procedures
Will be announced on Blackboard

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.Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • See Blackboard

Course information guide:

  • None


  • See Blackboard

Recommended course materials

  • None


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information


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: