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Law, Internet and Technology

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Contact Hours

2 hrs per week


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)

Teaching Mode



This course is being taught at irregular intervals.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

please see our electronic course catalogue

Course Content

This course will explore the laws governing and/or related to the Internet and various forms of technology and spans numerous interrelated topics such as free speech, privacy, reproductive technologies and other medical and technological “wonders.”
While the course will draw extensively upon Anglo-American scholarship, legal texts, and case studies, it will also introduce different philosophical foundations of free speech and other relevant concepts as various as privacy, property, and personhood, with the goal of providing conceptual tools for students to examine the laws and case studies in their home jurisdictions.

Course Structure

Part I: Freedom of Expression on the Internet and via Other Technologies
Introduction and Philosophical Foundations of Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression on Social Media
The Right to Be Forgotten
The Right to Parody
Defamation and Forum Shopping
Criminal Prosecution of Internet-Related (Primarily Speech) Crimes

Part II: Medical and Technological Advancements and “Wonders”
Stem Cell Research and Reproductive Technologies
Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Savior Siblings

Learning Outcomes

  • students with deepen their understanding of laws related to and/or governing the Internet and various forms of technology and the interrelations between these areas of law
  • students will appreciate the role of conceptual and theoretical tools in examining legal texts and cases
  • students will be able to intelligently articulate perspectives and arguments on complex Internet and technology-related legal problems

Reading Materials

judicial opinions, constitutions, statutes, journal articles, news articles, videos, and occasionally, even excerpts of novels

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 20".

registration period: 3 April 2023, 9 a.m. - 14 April 2023, 12 p.m. (noon)

In order to know if you have obtained a place in this course, please check out your course plan on Campus Management (tab "Stundenplan") from 15 April 2023.

As long as there are still seats available after the registration period has expired, they will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served" if you sign up by 5 May 2023.

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 3 April 2023, 9 a.m. - 5 May 2023

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

written exam

Exam Period

The exam will take place during the last class session in the last week of the lecture period. Academic Calendar

Registration for the Exam

Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management