Law and the Challenges of Technology
Exploring and analysing the impact of technology on society and the response required by law and regulation. Topics include big data, the advance of robotics, the internet of things, and machine learning; this is in the context of a general question of whether new law is required to deal with the implications of new technology, or whether existing law can be developed and enforced more imaginatively. Addresses issues such as e-government and the role of information technology in legal practice.
Exploring and analysing the impact of technology on innovation, the construction of online markets, and the implications of new systems and services for law and regulation. Examining the idea of 'cyberlaw'; jurisdiction over online activities (which law applies in a transnational context); specialist areas including intellectual property and data; and the rise of liability considerations around platforms.
Law and Technology : project based learning
Students will be required to work in groups on short projects based on (law and technology) issues presented and then respond with presentations and documents in a manner that simulates client-facing practice.
Computational methods and skills
Introduces students to methods of data analysis and computer programming. Engage with ideas around 'computational thinking', data visualisation and basic statistical programming. Includes teaching of 'Python' programming (for beginners), which will be useful in the subsequent project as well as in equipping students with technical and data literacy skills.
Approaches to Legal Research
Students will be introduced to several important theoretical frameworks and research programmes for legal research. This includes empirically-oriented research that investigates how law interacts with other social phenomena, and fundamental principles of research design and methodology, covering both 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' social science methods.
Copyright in the Digital Environment
Investigation of current topics in copyright law; recent topics have included artificial intelligence and authorship; regulation / liability of social media sites; digitisation, heritage and archives.
International Financial Law
Introduces the law of financial transactions and the regulation of financial institutions in Europe and the US. Topics include the structure of financial systems and the relations between central banks, banks, securities firms, financial investors, depositors, and states; types of finance (e.g. equity, securities); banks; corporate governance of financial institutions; payment systems.
Business and Human Rights
Key debates regarding the corporation's role in society, including topics such as the human rights obligations of corporations to workers, host countries, other stakeholders, the rise of corporate social responsibility reporting, global initiatives and frameworks, the role of civil society in corporate regulation and self-regulation, corporate promotion of labour standards, and human rights considerations in international corporate investment.
European Law and Economic Integration
Designed to enable students to engage with current themes in European and transnational legal studies from substantive perspectives, including advanced approaches to the legal frame of EU economic integration (internal market, competition law, economic and monetary union), regulatory approaches to economic integration, and issues beyond EU borders (e.g. EU external trade policy).
Medical Law and Ethics
Medical Law and Ethics examines current legal and ethical issues in the interfaces between the regulation of medicine and emerging health technologies. The module emphasises the application of theoretical frameworks to 'real world' cases.
Comparative Competition Law : the Case of the EU as the Leading Model
Innovative module funded through a European Union project; involves combination of classroom and electronic learning, visiting expert speakers from across the EU. Explores the internationalisation of competition law in the context of globalisation and international trade with a particular focus on EU competition law as a leading model, followed by many other states.
Leadership and Innovation Skills for Law Students
Incorporates the Graduate School's 'Mastering Your Leadership' programme, including skills training in leadership, project management, group work and other workplace skills. Also engages with the topics of law's role in business and the legal profession itself.
Data, privacy and the law
Studying the interplay of data, privacy, and the law. Explores recent legal changes (e.g. GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation, on topics such as consent, sensitive personal data, and online communications), current debates on law reform (e.g. the proposed revision of the E-Privacy Directive regarding issues like surveillance and spam), and related issues (e.g. investigatory powers).
Regulating digital communications
Focus on the regulation of digital communications, including comparative approaches to content regulation / censorship, the application of criminal law to social media posts, and enforcement of broadcasting and other standards in a digital context.
Contact Teaching Hours
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
8 (hours maximum)
In addition, students should set aside 10-12 hrs per module for reading and preparation