LL4S1      Half Unit

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Andrew Murray NAB7.11


This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan), MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and USC), MSc in Law and Accounting, MSc in Media and Communications (Media and Communications Governance), MSc in Regulation, MSc in Regulation (Research), Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

This course examines and discusses topical issues in relation to the law of the internet and other digital information devices (iPhones etc.). It opens by examining the issues relating to network regulation or control by addressing questions such as "can the internet be regulated?" and "who is competent to police online content and activity?" It concludes its examination of structural controls by examining the highly topical and politically charged issue of enshrined network neutrality: by asking the question: should Internet Service Providers be allowed to vary service conditions by types of content? Students taking the course will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the different values brought to bear in the regulation of ICT and communities and the factors leading towards choices of particular values, regulatory institutions and process. Such knowledge and understanding will operate both at the theoretical level and the level of particular examples of regulatory regimes.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students should submit an essay plan and working bibliography for the assessed essay. All students are expected to contribute to a series of class and online exercises, and to submit one 2,000 word formative essay.

Indicative reading

Murray, Information Technology Law: The Law and Society (OUP, 2010); Edwards & Waelde (eds), Law and the Internet 3rd ed (Hart, 2009); Murray, The Regulation of Cyberspace (Routledge, 2007); Lessig, Code Ver, 2.0 (Basic Books, 2006); Zittrain, The Future of the Internet (Penguin, 2009); Benkler, The Wealth of Networks (Yale UP, 2007); Sunstein, Republic.com 2.0 (Princeton UP, 2009).


Essay (100%, 8000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: 22

Average class size 2012/13: 23

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills