LLM Cyberlaw

Module Leader: Dr Maureen Mapp

Teaching and assessment (2017-18): Semester 1, 1 x 6,000 word essay

Module description:

Cyber- interaction plays a significant role in everyday activities of a public and private nature including electronic commerce, peer to peer use of virtual currency, social media, and creative works. This module considers four broad areas of: cyber-control; cyber-property; cyber-rights and cybercrime that are underpinned by regulatory theory, internet policy and legal doctrine. The module investigates critical legal and political questions surrounding the implications of the use of information technology and digital information devices; the influence of social norms, values and interests on the regulatory design of cyberspace; and the intended and unintended consequences of regulating the use of information technology in cyberspace.

The course begins by exploring the theory and evidence underpinning different views on the regulation of activities in cyberspace. The sessions cover contemporary questions like who is competent to police online content and activity; and whether Internet Service Providers should be allowed to vary service conditions by types of content. Additionally, the module considers the nascent problems surrounding internet governance, consumer protection, data privacy, intellectual property rights, social media abuse, and cybercrime. Where appropriate, the module draws comparisons with legislation, case law and policy from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Council of Europe, and other regions.

Indicative seminar topics:

  • Introduction- understanding Cyberlaw
  • Cyber-control: defining cyberspace, Internet Governance, the problem of jurisdiction. and the challenges of policing cyberspace 
  • Cyber control: regulating activities in cyberspace
  • E-commerce – Crypto currency regulation and its discontents
  • Cyber-property  – defining cyber property, digital rights and ownership
  • Cyber- property -  Human rights and intellectual property
  • Cyber rights: intermediary liability, data privacy, right to be forgotten- Google case
  • Cyber-speech: harmful speech and defamation
  • Cybercrime: hacking, computer misuse and cloud computing
  • Conventions and Revision session: European Convention on Cybercrime (2001), African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection (2014).