• Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL204
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

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: 12 – 30 July 2021
Lecturers: Dr Orla LynskeyProfessor Andrew MurrayDr Valerie Verdoodt and Dr Martin Husovec


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.  


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Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective in LSE’s Department of Law. We pioneered the study of banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession, and continue to be the leading thinkers in our field.

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

Reading materials

The recommended textbook is:

Murray: Information Technology Law: The Law and Society, (4th Edition) (Oxford University Press, Oxford 2019).

*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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