Study Visits - Master Programme in Law and Information Technology
As part of the Master Programme in Law and Information Technology, several study visits are organised. Below are examples of recent visits carried out as part of the programme
Master Law and IT students visit the Swedish Parliament, January 2012
The visit comprised a lecture by Bengt Eriksson, who works at the Information Department of the Parliament, followed by a tour of the Parliament buildings. Bengt first gave the students an introduction to the Parliament and the Swedish legislative system, by explaining how the Parliament is involved in the different stages of the law-making process.
The lecture then turned to more IT law-related issues, including in what ways documents are made accessible online on the Parliament’s homepage, the rationale behind electronic publishing of legislation and the way in which documents are produced. For example, what kind of metadata is added – e.g. who the author is, when the document was written and what the result of a proposal was - and how documents are structured, important in allowing effective searches and the re-use of information. As one of the students, Patricia Klumpp, notes, “It is easy for the private sector to build websites providing and using the information provided by the Parliament and make it available to the public in a most efficient way” due to the way documents are made available on the Parliament website.
Bengt also discussed how the Parliament can benefit from what other countries are doing, including through an initiative known as IPEX (InterParliamentary EU information Exchange). This helps in answering questions such as the status of an EU directive in a particular country and if there were any complications in the implementation of the directive at the national level.
The visit also incorporated a guided tour of the Parliament buildings, including the Chamber, rooms used by the various Parliamentary committees, and the party chambers. The visit to the Parliament was deemed a success by the master students, with Maria Palma describing the lecture as “very interesting and useful”. Laura Mynbayeva noted that, “As a foreigner it was interesting for me to learn how the Swedish Parliament is functioning today, to see the inside of the building, and to hear some background knowledge from the guide. We can say that the Swedish Parliament is "open" not only for its citizens but also for foreigners.”