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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 (4 hour) lectures: 5

  • 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, 70% of final grade)

  • Written group assignment (30% of final grade)

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. When the maximum number of students have registered a waiting list will be opened at the secretariat. You have to send an e-mail to

Exchange students have priority and will be registered for the course first. Any remaining seats will be available for students from Leiden University and other Dutch Universities.

Contact information

  • Coordinator: Prof. Simone van der Hof

  • Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25, Leiden, room B3.29

  • E-mail:

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 8838


Institution: Meta Juridica / eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies

  • Division: eLaw@Leiden, Center for Law and Digital Technologies

  • Room number secretariat: KOG B3.30

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 8838

  • E-mail: