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Cyber Law


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:

  • Regulating the digital environment

  • Intellectual Property Rights in the digital environment

  • Online privacy, data protection and state surveillance

  • Algorithmic profiling, consumer protection, and e-commerce.

  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) liability

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 analyze 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: 10

  • Names of lecturers: Dr. Mark Leiser, with the possibility of guest lecturers

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

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (open book, 60% of final grade). There is a possibility this will be an online exam.

  • Written group assignment (40% of final grade)

The final grade for the exam must be 5,5 or higher. The re-examination is only available for the written exam. In case of a small number of participants, the (re-) exam will be taken orally. The grades for the written exam and group assignment remain valid only for the academic year in which they were obtained.

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.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials Literature:

  • 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: Dr. Mark Leiser

  • Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25, Leiden

  • 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

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

  • E-mail: