LLM Cyberlaw

Module description:

The module provides a critical understanding of the law relating to the Internet (the Cyber). Interaction in cyberspace plays a significant role in everyday activities largely through technologies interconnected via computers, and through social interactions on the internet. Devices may be driven entirely by a ‘smart’ computer using algorithms and artificial intelligence; or rely on distributed ledger technologies like the Blockchain to record transactions on a network, decentralise finance (crypto assets), or facilitate payments.

The module covers key debates around the role of law in regulating Internet connected technologies, looking at critical questions surrounding their governance, use and effects like online harms, rights infringement, and discriminatory practices. It also looks at technological fundamentals of the Internet, the influence of social norms, values, and interests on the regulatory design of the Internet, consequences of regulating the use of technology and how internet based technologies impact on the legal order, and legal concepts like privacy. Where appropriate, the module draws comparisons with legislation, case law, and policy from Europe, the United Kingdom, United States of America, Africa, and other regions, and to examine impact of new technologies on traditional principles of cyberlaw.

Indicative seminar topics:

  • Cyberspace, Technologies and Cyberlaw
  • Theoretical frameworks: Is Code Law? 
  • Legal regulation of the Internet (Regulatory theory)
  • Internet Tort Law
  • Regulating distributed ledger technologies (crypto assets and the Blockchain)
  • The Blockchain as a property register (smart contracts)
  • The Internet of Things
  • Cyber rights, data control and privacy (& Assessment literacy session)
  • Legal regulation of Artificial Intelligence identification technologies (& Revision)