IT & Internet Law Autumn 2010

Jessica Litman‘s excellent list of courses on Internet law highlights the wide range of materials that those teaching this topic can now draw upon, and it’s also an inspiring vision of collaboration and development for legal education.  To make my own small contribution, here is the reading list for one of the courses I teach at UEA Law School, Information Technology and Internet Law (LAW-M589).  Download the PDF here.  This is a postgraduate module, taken by students on the LLM in Media Law, Policy and Practice, but also by other law students (mostly on the LLM in International Commercial & Business Law) and by non-law students studying media in another media@uea postgraduate degree.

The section I’ve uploaded is just the readings – not the information about deadlines, aims and objectives, library books, and so on – but in short, it’s an eight-topic one-semester module assessed by two pieces of coursework (one problem, one essay), covering Internet law as an idea, governance and jurisdiction, ICANN/domain names, e-commerce, software copyright & patent, data protection & privacy, intermediaries (including net neutrality), and a final class on emerging issues (this year, SNS and location-based privacy and the regulation of search).  Both intermediaries and emerging issues are the subject of student presentations.  There’s a Blackboard site as well, but I can’t share that with you.

In terms of setting a book, this year students will use the third edition of Edwards and Waelde, Law and the Internet (Hart).  This was an optional add-on last year, but is particularly well suited for a module like this, which is for postgraduate students but also a more internationally-focused syllabus than the undergraduate Internet Law module I’m also responsible for.  The mix between textbook and edited collection works very well for an audience that already knows some of the background as well as general legal principles, although we won’t be using all the chapters, as some topics are beyond the scope of this one-semester module.  The other book that’s used quite heavily as a general-knowledge primer is the electronic version of Abelson, Ledeen & Lewis, Blown To Bits – an idea taken from James Grimmelmann’s Internet Law course at New York Law School.

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One thought on “IT & Internet Law Autumn 2010

  1. Very interesting – shame we can’t share via cyberlaw any more (assuming it still exists!) – do you find postgrads or undergrads more nimble in understanding jurisdictional issues? I’m guessing the postgrad knowledge of EU law, international relations and the ‘wider world’ makes up for the undergrads as Digital Natives understanding the tech better?

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