ITL is a full-time, one-year specialization of the Law LLM graduate program. Mandatory elements of the specialization are:
- International Technology Law (12 EC)
- Big Data, Human Rights and Human Security (6 EC)
- Legal Methods (6 EC)
- Graduation Thesis (12 EC)
You will additionally choose at least one of these courses:
- Bioethics, Technology, and Law
- European Consumer Law in a Digital Society
And you will also choose at least one of these courses:
- Law and Ethics on Robots and Artificial Intelligence
- International Weapons Law
- Blockchain and other disruptive business-tech challenges to the law
You have 12 EC to choose from the many electives offered as part of the master's program, including the other courses above You can also do an internship or period of study abroad.
Here are two examples of courses offered in the program; these are mandatory elements of the specialization:
International Technology Law
This course provides the framework for the specialization in international technology law and considers how technology changes humanity’s relationship with the physical (including the social) world, and how law generates, facilitates or obstructs these changes. The aim at the end of the course is that you will have an informed idea, based on theory and examples, of the kinds of ways in which technology can change our relationship to nature, people, objects and society. You will also understand, based on examples, how laws and institutions can stimulate the development of technologies, and steer the direction of that development.
Big Data, Human Rights, and Human Security
This course addresses the question as to how digital technologies and big data are used to make decisions in human rights and security domains, and how these uses require us to rethink the basic tenets of existing legal norms and practices. The course focuses on three human rights and security domains in particular: big data and social and criminal justice; the use of digital technologies in warfare and the fight against terrorism; and the use of technology in border management and migration law.
As an ITL graduate, you will use, develop or research the regulation of emerging technologies. Typically, you will work in law firms, international organizations such as the UN, EU or international technology regulators, governments, or NGOs.
There are relatively few lawyers with a solid understanding and knowledge of the law concerning emerging technologies, so graduates will be part of a specialized and in-demand group.
Why VU Amsterdam?
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to a significant and growing group of researchers and students in the field of technology, internet, and law. You will have the chance to follow your interests, and study with like-minded students and teachers who share your enthusiasm.
The ITL specialization is brand new and contains cutting-edge courses, some of which are offered in just a very few universities worldwide. You will be taught by academics and people from legal practice, who will help you understand how theories and ideas related to technological and social developments.
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