Information is the central building block of markets and societies. New ways of creating, disseminating and using information impacts the workings of democracy, science and education, and creativity and culture. Reliance on personal data and personalised online services affects individuals and their human rights. As a result, new and important issues are emerging for which our laws are not optimally adapted.
The Research Master's in Information Law provides ambitious students with the legal skills that enable them to tackle the complex legal issues that arise in an information society, both from a scientific and practical perspective. The programme offers outstanding students with an interest in scientific research in the field of information law the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of subjects relevant to information law, to obtain hands-on research experience embedded in one of the world's leading research centers and a semester at a foreign law school abroad.
Students in the Research Master's in Information Law have a variety of unique opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.
The programme consists of 120 ECTS credits. This includes two compulsory ‘theory and practice’ courses covering Information Law and Intellectual Property as well as a number of elective courses. At the beginning of their second year, students have the opportunity to study abroad. Students complete the programme by researching and writing an original master’s thesis.
Over the course of the Research Master’s programme, students take part in ongoing research projects and learn about the daily affairs of the Institute for Information Law (IViR). Students participate in workshops, symposia and conferences, and have access to work space in the IViR, where they frequently interact with institute researchers and staff.
In the beginning of their second year, students have the opportunity to specialise their studies at a foreign law school in Europe, the United States or elsewhere. The location will depend on the individual student’s interests and the possibilities offered by the partner institution.
Students conclude the Research Master’s programme with an in-depth thesis in the field of Information Law.
The Research Master's in Information Law is an ideal programme for students who aspire to careers as researchers inside and outside a university, policy makers and leading lawyers of information law at national and international levels. It gives highly talented students a head start on research, and the opportunity to specialize, explore and reflect on important concepts in this particular area.
If you aspire to a career in university research, the Research Master's provides the research skills you will need to pursue a doctorate.
The Research Master’s will also help you acquire the skills required to meet the high demands of working in ministries, courts, national and intergovernmental organisations and law firms. The programme’s high level debate coupled with the thorough training in analytic skills, ensure that you will graduate with excellent employment prospects.