Law: International Technology Law

Law in the world of technology

Remaking the world: remaking law?

Technology creates situations that were the stuff of fantasy when most of our laws were created. Robots, biotech, autonomous vehicles and weapons, and the endless amassing and crunching of data - what does it mean to be a human being? And how do we relate to each other and to the natural world? These are questions we are forced to ask ourselves again in the face of technological progress. Law shapes and reflects the answers that we find.

Alongside core courses in international technology law, and big data, human rights and security, you will choose from subjects including: international weapons law, biotech and law, robots and artificial intelligence, and blockchain and disruptive tech.

You will be part of a friendly, accessible and international group of teachers and students interested in exploring the frontiers of regulation and technology, and you will graduate as a specialist with in-demand knowledge and skills.

International Technology Law (ITL) is a specialization of the Law LLM programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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ITL is is a full-time, one-year specialization of the Law LLM graduate programme. Mandatory elements of the specialization are:

  • International Technology Law (12 EC)
  • Big Data, Human Rights and Human Security (6 EC)
  • Legal Methods (6 EC)
  • Graduation Thesis (12 EC)


You will additionally choose at least one of these courses:

  • Bioethics, Technology and Law
  • European Consumer Law in a Digital Society

And you will also choose at least one of these courses:  

  • Law and Ethics on Robots and Artificial Intelligence
  • International Weapons Law
  • Blockchain and other disruptive business-tech challenges to the law


You have 12 EC to choose from the many electives offered as part of the master's programme, including the other courses above You can also do an internship or period of study abroad.

Here are two examples of courses offered in the programme; these are mandatory elements of the specialization:

International Technology Law
This course provides the framework for the specialization in international technology law, and considers how technology changes humanity’s relationship with the physical (including the social) world, and how law generates, facilitates or obstructs these changes. The aim at the end of the course is that you will have an informed idea, based on theory and examples, of the kinds of ways in which technology can change our relationship to nature, people, objects and society. You will also understand, based on examples, how laws and institutions can stimulate the development of technologies, and steer the direction of that development.

Big Data, Human Rights, and Human Security
This course addresses the question as to how digital technologies and big data are used to make decisions in human rights and security domains, and how these uses require us to rethink the basic tenets of existing legal norms and practices. The course focuses on three human rights and security domains in particular: big data and social and criminal justice; the use of digital technologies in warfare and the fight against terrorism; and the use of technology in border management and migration law.

See additional detailed course descriptions.
Studyguide International Technology Law.

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As an ITL graduate, you will use, develop or research the regulation of emerging technologies. Typically, you will work in law firms, international organizations such as the UN, EU or international technology regulators, governments, or NGOs.

There are relatively few lawyers with a solid understanding and knowledge of the law concerning emerging technologies, so graduates will be part of a specialized and in-demand group.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to a significant and growing group of researchers and students in the field of technology, internet and law. You will have the chance to follow your interests, and study with like-minded students and teachers who share your enthusiasm.

The ITL specialization is brand new, and contains cutting-edge courses, some of which are offered in just a very few universities worldwide. You will be taught by academics and people from legal practice, who will help you understand how theories and ideas relate to technological and social developments.

Overview Law: International Technology Law

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 year (fulltime)

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION DEADLINE

1 April for students from outside the EU. 1 June for EU-students with a non-Dutch degreen. 15 July for all other students

START DATE

1 September or 1 February - note: this programme starts initially on 1 September 2018!

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

SPECIALIZATIONS

International Technology Law is a specialization of the LLM programme in Law

FIELD OF INTEREST

Economics, Business and Law

Admission with a Dutch degree

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB) or equivalent can apply to all specializations.

Applicants with a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree (or equivalent) with a legal track of at least 60 EC may be eligible for enrollment. This is determined by the Admission Board.

If you have an academic degree which is relevant for the specialization you wish to do and you have knowledge of and insight into at least one area of law to at least the level of the end-terms of the VU Law bachelor, and you can prove this through at least 60 EC in completed courses in law or knowledge and experience in the field of law equivalent to this, you may also be eligible for enrollment. This is determined by the Admission Board.

Find out if you are eligible before you apply?
Ask the Admission board (contact details under 'Contact').

Send us the following documents:

  • scan diploma or proof of enrollment
  • scan (provisonal) transcript
  • description of the relevant courses
  • optional: report on relevant experience, including specification of your responsibilities
  • Specify which specialization you wish to do
You can be admitted on the basis of an HBO-Rechten degree and the premaster: VU Schakelzone Rechtsgeleerdheid at the Open Universiteit. This premaster is offered exclusively in Dutch. This premaster is offered exclusively in Dutch. You can find more information on our Dutch website.

There is no premaster in English for this master. Admission on the basis of a different degree from a University of Applied Sciences in not possible.

To complete the master successfully, your English proficiency should be on at least C1 level. C1 level is comparable to a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Application is possible from 11 October. The application deadline is:

To start on 1 September:15 July
To start on 1 February:1 January

Application steps

  1. Check if you are eligible for admission. 
  2. Register for the master before the application deadline via Studielink. More information for Dutch students.
  3. After registering you will receive log-in details for VUnet.
  4. Select the specialization which you want to do on VUnet and complete your application.
  5. You can follow the status of your application on VUnet.
  6. You receive a decision within 3 weeks after your application was completed on VUnet.

More information on the application process + documents

You will receive practical information regarding the start of the programme during the summer.

Admission Boardadmission.law@vu.nl (Rianne van Empelen/Anneke de Laaf)
Details programmecontact@vu.nl
Tuition, Studielink, VUnetStudent Desk
Information days, general questionscontact@vu.nl


Information days

Visit our VU Master's event and get acquainted with our Master's degree programmes. Our students and staff are available to help you with all your questions during the information sessions and at the information market.

Admission with an international degree

Applicants with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Law can apply. To be admitted you need permission from the Admission Board.

Your bachelor education is compared to and valued through the UK Naric comparison system and, if necessary, through the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes. Especially students from non-EU countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor’s degree proves insufficient to enroll in this Master in Law programme.

Please note that language requirements apply.

If you have an academic degree which is relevant for the specialization you wish to do and you have knowledge of and insight into at least one area of law to at least the level of the end-terms of the VU Law bachelor, and you can prove this through at least 60 EC in completed courses in law or knowledge and experience in the field of law equivalent to this, you may also be eligible for enrollment. This is determined by the Admission Board.

Find out if you are eligible before you apply?
Ask the Admission board (contact details under 'Contact').

Send us the following documents:

  • scan diploma or proof of enrollment
  • scan (provisonal) transcripy
  • description of the relevant courses
  • optional : report on relevant experience, including specification of your responsiblities
  • specify which specialization you wish to do

Your bachelor education is compared to and valued through the UK Naric comparison system and, if necessary, through the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes.

Please note that language requirements apply.

Admission on the basis of a degree from a University of Applied Sciences in not possible.

To complete the master successfully, your English proficiency should be on at least C1 level. C1 level is comparable to a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100 or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Application is possible from 11 October. The application deadline is:

To start on 1 September:1 February for international students who wish to apply for one of the VU scholarships.
1 April for students from outside the EU
1 April for EU students not residing in the Netherland who wish to apply for housing
15 July for EU students
To start on 1 February:1 November for students from outside the EU
1 Januari for EU students

Application steps

  1. Check if you are eligible for admission.
  2. If you unsure whether you meet the requirements, ask the Admission Board permission to be admitted (for contact details see 'Contact'). Send the following documents:
    • Certified transcript in English of grades obtained so far
    • Your CV
  3. Register for the master before the application deadline via Studielink. In Studielink you select the Master of Law without the specialization, you can specify this later.
  4. After registering you will receive log-in details for VUnet. For help, refer to this document.
  5. Select the specialization which you want to do on VUnet and complete your application. Please note, you only have to upload these documents:
    • transcript of records of your previous academic education; 
    • a copy of your passport; and 
    • a passport photo.
      So, not the complete set of documents noted on the central admission information pages.
  6. You generally receive a decision within 3 weeks after your application was completed on VUnet.

More information on the application process.

You will receive practical information regarding the start of the programme during the summer.

Admission / Application/ International services
masters.law@vu.nl (Laura Smit)
Details programmecontact@vu.nl
Tuition, Studielink, VUnetStudent Desk
Information days, general questionscontact@vu.nl


Information days
Visit our VU Master's event and get acquainted with our Master's degree programmes. Our students and staff are available to help you with all your questions during the information sessions and at the information market.
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