• Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL204
  • Starting 2018

This course covers a selection of topics in the field of Information Technology and the Law (or Cyberlaw).

It will begin by considering the debate about the nature of the influence of information technology upon the development of new legal doctrine, moving on to consider, through topics such as data protection, computer misuse and computer evidence, copyright and digital rights management, criminal content liability and defamation, both how the law has responded to the challenges of information technologies, and the extent to which legal issues have shaped the development of information society policy.

Session: Two
Dates: 9 - 27 July 2018
Lecturers: Professor Andrew Murray and Dr Orla Lynskey


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Introduction to legal methods or equivalent. This course does not require an in-depth understanding of information technology.

Programme structure

The focus will be initially on English law, although the global nature of IT law means that there is strong EU, Commonwealth and US legal influence upon the English system, so comparative aspects will be introduced, and readings will include materials drawn from, amongst others, US law journals.

Course outcomes

  • Critically evaluate ongoing developments in law relating to information technologies.
  •  Display an understanding of how these developments relate to one another.
  •  Examine areas of doctrinal and political debate surrounding rules and theories.
  •  Evaluate those rules and theories in terms of internal coherence and practical outcomes.
  •  Draw on the analysis and evaluation contained in primary and secondary sources.  


LSE Law has excelled once again in the UK’s nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment. The Research Excellence Framework results published in December 2014 show that LSE Law is the UK’s number one law school for legal research.

The 2015 QS World University faculty rankings for Law also place the LSE in the world’s top ten for the subject, making it London’s best Law School.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty. 

Reading materials

Murray: Information Technology Law: Law and Society, (3rd Edition) (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2016).

Reference Texts

Lessig: Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace ver.2.0 (Basic Books, New York 2006).
Edwards & Waelde (eds): Law and the Internet (3rd Edition) (Hart, Oxford 2009).

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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