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Short Course on the EU Digital Services Act

The Short Course on the EU Digital Services Act is a 16-hour executive education course. It will be delivered online over four consecutive Fridays: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th February 2023.

Course organiser: Dr Martin Husovec, LSE Law School, Email: M.Husovec@lse.ac.uk.

Course administrator: Amanda Tinnams, LSE School of Law, Email: A.Tinnams@lse.ac.uk
 

Aims, target audience, structure and timing

Aims

  • To provide a systematic overview of the main components and individual obligations in the EU Digital Service Act (DSA).
  • To explore in-depth case studies of the most relevant and cutting-edge issues of the DSA, including those that are likely to be litigated.
  • To discuss practical strategies for compliance with DSA’s content moderation rules and other due diligence obligations.

Target audience

  • Practitioners, in-house lawyers, and civil servants across the world who work on the regulation of digital services, including content moderation, and want to prepare for the DSA’s entry into force.
  • Professionals, scholars, and students across the world who are familiar with the regulation of digital services and wish to gain in-depth knowledge of the key DSA issues.

Structure and delivery

  • Four 4-hour sessions to be delivered over four consecutive Fridays.
  • Capacity: the short course will be capped at 30 students to maximise interaction.
  • Timing: 2 pm to 6 pm London time.
  • Location: the course will be delivered on Zoom.
  • Format: lectures with in-class discussions and case studies

Topics

  • DSA’s scope, components, and broader regulatory context
  • DSA’s liability chapter (liability exemptions and injunctions)
  • DSA’s due diligence obligations chapter (content moderation and fairness, transparency, advertising, and compliance)
  • DSA’s enforcement chapter

Academic staff

Dr Martin Husovec is an Assistant Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His scholarship deals with questions of innovation policy and digital liberties, in particular, regulation of intellectual property and freedom of expression. 

He is the co-author of an upcoming book, The Principles of Digital Services Act (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2023), written jointly with Irene Roche Laguna, an official at the EU Commission who has coordinated the Commission’s team dealing with negotiations surrounding the Digital Services Act.

He is also the author of the book, Injunctions against intermediaries in the European Union (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and many articles on the regulation of intermediaries, intellectual property enforcement, and digital freedom of expression.

Martin is a member of the European Copyright Society (ECS), a group of prominent European copyright scholars. He is also a co-founder of a think-tank, European Information Society Institute, which acts as amicus curia before the European Court of Human Rights and operates a domain name dispute resolution system for skTLD. He was an advisor to the President of the Slovak Constitutional Court, national ministries across Europe and Asia, and various EU institutions in the areas of intellectual property, freedom of expression and privacy. His work was repeatedly cited by Advocate Generals at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Schedule

Day 1: Friday 3rd February 2023, Zoom starts at 2 pm (London time)

Scope and Context

  • DSA’s basic goals
  • European human rights context: the European Convention on Human Rights and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
  • DSA’s regulated services: infrastructure services, platforms, search engines, etc.
  • DSA’s basic components: liability chapter, due diligence obligations, and enforcement
  • Special areas of law and practice: copyright law, audio-visual services, platform-to-business services, anti-terrorism law, disinformation, etc.

Day 2: Friday 10th February 2023, Zoom starts at 2 pm (London time)

Liability

  • Liability exemptions: hosting, mere conduit, and caching; Situation of search engines.
  • Passive and active hosting and platform services.
  • Prohibition of general monitoring obligations.
  • Liability case studies: online marketplaces, social media, cyber-lockers, search engines, webhosting, services content delivery networks, internet access providers, and others.
  • Injunctions and orders of authorities: filtering and other preventive obligations.
  • DSA’s enforcement of liability vs accountability obligations.

Day 3: Friday 17th February 2023, Zoom starts at 2pm (London time)

Accountability

  • Accountability under DSA’s due diligence obligations: active vs passive providers, thresholds, and various types of borderline services.
  • Basic areas of due diligence obligations: content moderation, fair design, transparency, advertising, and compliance.
  • Content moderation rules for hosting services: from notification to statements of reasons, internal appeals, and external out-of-court dispute resolution.
  • Content moderation case studies, including for special areas of law.
  • Fairness, transparency, and advertising due diligence obligations.

Day 4: Friday 24th February 2023, Zoom starts at 2pm (London time)

Compliance, VLOPs and Enforcement

  • Compliance-type due diligence obligations.
  • Due diligence obligations for Very Large Online Platforms (VLOPS) and Very Large Search Engines (VLOSEs) and their supervision by the European Commission.
  • Standardisation and Codes of Conduct.
  • Private enforcement of the DSA obligations.

Registration and fees

  • For further information, including registration and fees, please contact Amanda Tinnams, Course Administrator. Email: A.Tinnams@lse.ac.uk.
  • On completion of registration and payment received in full, you will receive a Zoom link and a set of pre-course readings one week before the course commences. The readings will consist of DSA’s legislative text, journal articles, and some chapters from the upcoming book, The Principles of the Digital Services Act.
  • Fees: £2,000. An early booking discount of 20% will be available until the 15th of December 2022. If you have any special requirements, please contact Amanda Tinnams.
  • The places are allocated on a first come first served basis. If the registration is full, you can ask to be put on the waiting list.

Certificate and CPD points

  • A course certificate — “LSE Short Course on the EU Digital Services Act” — will be provided upon completion of the course.
  • CPD points can be applied for.