Postgraduate Education - International Master Programme in Law and Information Technology
The Master Programme in Law and Information Technology at Stockholm University affords law graduates the possibility of developing their proficiency in the combined fields of law and Information Communication Technology (ICT). The Programme starts every year at the beginning of September, and is one year of full-time study.
Description of the Programme
The courses comprising the programme consist of seminars, classes, practical assignments, and study visits to law firms, companies and public authorities specialising in the use of ICT in law. Some activities take place in the computer laboratories of the Law Faculty. The participants enjoy the additional privilege of gaining experience in the use of some commonly used computer programmes.
The aim of the courses included in the programme is to enable the Master students to develop the skills necessary for their future work as legal practitioners or researchers in the chosen field. This is achieved by teaching the participants various ways in which to identify problems and generate solutions. Issues of practical character are thus interwoven with a scholarly treatment of legal problems and with practical exercises, using various legal IT tools. This approach requires active participation on the part of the students, e.g., by way of completion of various IT-related tasks and the submission of papers.
Course A - Information and Technology Law
The course embraces the legal aspects of computing, communications and other components of modern ICT and provides an overview of the field of IT Law. Some sub-fields of IT Law are treated in more detail, such as regulation of telecommunications and data networks, data protection, freedom of information and rights of access, intellectual property rights in computer software and databases, contracting issues related to ICT, security and vulnerability issues and international co-operation and harmonisation of national legislation. Each student also participates in practical exercises conducted in the computer laboratories of the Department of Law.
Course B - Master Thesis in IT Law
This course comprises a written assignment of 30 to 35 pages on a selected topic within the field of Course A. Tutorship is provided.
Course C - Development and Management of Information Systems in a Legal Perspective
The course focuses on different methodological issues relating to various uses of information communication technology, in particular those having a legal orientation. The course provides an overview of ICT applications, such as information retrieval, document management, automated decision-making, artificial intelligence and information security. Areas such as electronic contracting and electronic payments are also discussed. Each student also participates in practical exercises conducted in the computer laboratories of the Department of Law.
Course D - Master Thesis in Development and Management of Information Systems in a Legal Perspective
This course comprises a written assignment of 30 to 35 pages on a selected topic within the field of Course C. Tutorship is provided.