Law and Information Society in Europe

Nikolaus ForgóAugust 2 – August 134 ECTS credits

 

This course will focus on European and global trends in the legal regulation of information and communication. Specific attention will be attributed to access to information, copyright, identity management and privacy in a globalized information society. We will work on the relevant European regulations, directives and case law and will compare them with other legal, technical and social approaches.

 

Topics:

  • Law as Code and Code as Law? The relations between technical, social, economical and legal forms of regulation
  • Regulation of Information: The European approach
  • Transparency, Privacy and Data Protection: outdated concepts in an information society?
  • Identity, Authenticity and Security in a globalized network-environment

 

Recommended Reading: Lawrence Lessig, Code and other Laws of Cyberspace; additional texts and cases will be distributed throughout the course.

 

Requirements: Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions (40%) and an open-book essay exam (60%).

 

This course is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Brandl & Talos.