LL422E      Half Unit
Media and Communications Regulation

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Andrew Scott NAB6.25


This course is available on the Executive LLM. This course is not available as an outside option.

Available to Executive LLM students only. This course will be offered on the Executive LLM during the four year degree period. The Department of Law will not offer all Executive LLM courses every year, although some of the more popular courses may be offered in each year, or more than once each year. Please note that whilst it is the Department of Law's intention to offer all Executive LLM courses, its ability to do so will depend on the availability of the staff member in question. For more information please refer to the Department of Law website.

Course content

This course provides a comparative and generic introduction to key issues in the regulation of media and communications, focusing on economic, commercial and content regulation of the print media, broadcasting, telecommunications and internet industries. Consideration is given to the nature of and choice between alternative modes of regulation in light of perceived regulatory goals. Topics covered include: legal and regulatory protection of reputation and privacy; advertising regulation; rights creation and management; (international) trade in media services; public service broadcasting and impartiality controls; cross-media ownership regulation; public value and state aid controls; competition regulation in the media sector; regulation and liberalisation of telecommunications networks.


24-26 hours of contact time.

Formative coursework

Students will have the option of producing a formative exam question of 2000 words to be delivered one month from the end of the module’s teaching session by email.

Indicative reading

T Gibbons, Regulating the Media (2nd edn, Sweet & Maxwell, 1998); M Feintuck, and C Varney, Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law (2nd edn, 2006); D Goldberg, T Prosser & S Verhulst (Eds), Regulating the Changing Media: a Comparative Study (OUP, 1998); H. Fenwick and G Phillipson, Media Freedom Under the Human Rights Act (OUP, 2006); Woods and Harrison, European Broadcasting Law and Policy (CUP, 2007).


Either a take-home examination or 8,000 word assessed essay (100%).

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills