Law, Internet and Technology
intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year
This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.
2 hrs per week
5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)
We hope for face-to-face teaching on campus in the summer term 2022.
This course is being taught at irregular intervals.
Time Schedule and Course Venue
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available for the winter semester from late August to late February and for the summer semester from late February to mid August on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Fremdsprachiges rechtswissenschaftliches Lehrangebot" in order to find out course hours and rooms.
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.
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
- 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
judicial opinions, constitutions, statutes, journal articles, news articles, videos, and occasionally, even excerpts of novels
yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)
Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program for Exchange Students - Module 20".
registration period: 1 - 14 April 2022, 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 2022.
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 6 May 2022.
De-Registration from this Course
regular drop period: 1 April - 6 May 2022
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
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).