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 (see picture below)
  • Blockchain and other disruptive business-tech challenges to the law

Law: International Technology Law

International technology law students and staff visit the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.


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.

VU 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.

Study association
Digi Juridica is the faculty study association for students of the Internet, ICT and Intellectual Property Master's degree and the Master in International Technology Law. By organizing substantive and social activities, Digi Juridica brings its members into contact with the business community and with each other. Students thereby increase their network and get a good picture of the legal labor market.

Digi Juridica was established in December 2015 due to a growing need among students for formal and informal, IP and IT-related activities. The initiative has been received with great enthusiasm by students and teachers from the faculty, with whom Digital Juridica maintains good contacts. Digi Juridica organizes career events, visits to law firms, other organizations and institutions and schedules informal events for members as well.

Overview Law: International Technology Law

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 year (fulltime)

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION DEADLINE

EU/EEA : 15 July or 1 January. Non-EU/EEA : 1 April or 1 November

START DATE

1 September or 1 February

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 are admissible and 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 Admissions Board.

If you have an academic degree which is relevant for the specialization you wish to pursue, you may also be eligible for enrollment. You must 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 be able to prove this with 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 Admissions Board.

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

Send us the following documents:

  • scan diploma or proof of enrollment in bachelor
  • scan (provisional) transcript(s)
  • description of the relevant courses
  • optional: report on relevant experience, including specification of your responsibilities
  • specify which specialization you wish to pursue

You can be admitted on the basis of an hbo-Rechten degree plus the premaster: VU SchakelzoneRecht 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. Vrije Universiteit does not offer a premaster in English for this master. 

You are also admissible with an hbo-Rechten degree from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, which includes the ‘doorstroomprogramma Rechtsgeleerdheid VU’.

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

For the English specializations, your English proficiency must be on at least C1 level (including for speaking and writing skills) to be able to attend the programme successfully.

Please note: additional language requirements may apply for your visa or residence permit.

Application is possible from 1 October. The application deadline is:

To start on 1 September:15 July for Dutch degree holders
To start on 1 February:1 January for Dutch degree holders

Application steps

  1. Check if you are eligible for admission. 
  2. Register for the master before the application deadline via Studielink, select ‘Law (Master)’.
  3. After registering you will receive log-in details for VUnet:
    • Select the specialization which you wish to pursue on Vunet.
      If you wish to pursue two specializations, then contact the academic advisors first to be informed about the requirements for combining specializations. You can add an additional specialization at a later stage. 
    • Upload your (provisional) official transcript (PDF) if you have no academic law degree.
    • Complete your application.
  4. Your application is then evaluated by the Admissions Board. You can follow the status of your application on VUnet.

Please check the full procedure for Dutch students or International students.
For this master you do not need to provide your CV, a letter of Motivation, letters of recommendation, a thesis or an English language test score.
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You will receive practical information regarding the start of the programme during the summer.

Admissions Boardadmission.law@vu.nl
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 Admissions 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 an international Bachelor’s degree in Law proves insufficient to enroll in this Master's in Law programme.

Please note that language requirements apply.

If you have an academic degree which is relevant for the specialization you wish to pursue, you may also be eligible for enrollment.  You must 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 be able to prove this with at least 60 EC in completed courses in law or knowledge and experience in the field of law equivalent to this. This is determined by the Admissions 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.

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

Send us the following documents:

  • scan diploma or proof of enrollment in bachelor
  • scan (provisional) transcript(s)
  • description of the relevant courses
  • optional: report on relevant experience, including specification of your responsibilities
  • specify which specialization you wish to pursue
Please note that language requirements apply.

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

For the English specializations, your English proficiency must be on at least C1 level (including for speaking and writing skills) to be able to attend the programme successfully.

Please note: additional language requirements may apply for your visa or residence permit.

Application is possible from 1 October. The application deadline is:

To start on 1 September:1 February for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships
1 April for international degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries
15 July for degree holders from EU/EAA countries 

International students applying for university housing are strongly advised to apply before 1 April.
To start on 1 February:1 November for international degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries
1 January
degree holders from EU/EAA countries 

International students applying for university housing are strongly advised to apply before 1 November.

Application steps

  1. Check if you are eligible for admission.
  2. Register for the master before the application deadline via Studielink, select ‘Law (Master)’.
  3. After registering you will receive log-in details for VUnet. For help, refer to this document.
    • Select the specialization which you wish to pursue on Vunet.
      If you wish to pursue two specializations, then contact the academic advisors first to be informed about the requirements for combining specializations. You can add an additional specialization at a later stage. 
    • Upload your diploma (if available).
    • Upload your (provisional) official transcript (PDF). 
    • Upload your CV
    • Complete your application.
  4. Your application is then evaluated by the Admissions Board. You generally receive a decision within 3 weeks after your application was completed on VUnet.
  5. You can follow the status of your application on VUnet.

Please check the full procedure for International students or Dutch students.
For this master you do not need to provide a letter of Motivation, letters of recommendation or a thesis.

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

Admission / Application
masters.law@vu.nl
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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Annie Knudsen

Masterstudent International Technology Law

  International Technology Law

"I was eager to undertake an international LLM. I found that the LLM in international technology law offers an opportunity to examine, reflect and understand how modern technology impacts today’s society. It allows to choose courses that goes in accordance with your interest and more specifically, the option to distinguish on a national, European and international level or a combination of them all. The course Big Data, Human Rightsand Human Security were one of the core courses I really enjoyed. It became clear from the first semester that professors, PhD candidates and other employees connected to ITL were interested and passionate in the topics covered in the different courses!"

Niklas Rosenhagen

Masterstudent International Technology Law

International Technology Law

 "With the Master I have acquired a sought-after specialisation. After I realised that only few universities offer good academic education in this field, I quickly decided for VU Amsterdam. Its size and location promised a multi-national and modern surrounding which I found important in dealing with international law. The university kept its promise and is characterised both by a diverse group of students and professors and by its good organisation. You get the unique possibility to contribute your own ideas. We were able to write our work partly in direct exchange with Tech-companies on site and lectures benefited from the exchange with various specialists."

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