LLM Cyberlaw

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Module Leader: Dr Maureen Mapp

Module description:

Cyberlaw encompasses a range of examples and issues that are being faced by existing legal regulation and social norms. The law is responding to developments and new challenges such as cybercrime, twitter injunctions, privacy, social media uses and abuses, internet governance, online intellectual property rights, domain hijacking & cyber-squatting and digital property claims to name a few. Cyber-interaction now plays a significant role in everyday activity.

This module considers four broad areas using relevant examples:

  • Cyber-control: Internet Governance, the problem of jurisdiction and, what is cyberspace?
  • Cyber-property including digital rights, ownership and intellectual property
  • Cyber-rights including privacy, the right to be forgotten, cyber-racism and defamation
  • Cybercrime including hacking and computer misuse; Convention on Cybercrime

Methods of assessment

Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.


  • One 6000 word essay


  • One 3-hour written examination

If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.



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