LLAW6106 Global information technology law and practice

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6106 / JDOC6106
Course name: Global Information Technology Law and Practice
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: January
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course examines the legal and policy issues relating to information technology (IT) from a comparative, global perspective. It covers wide range of issues involving how national governments regulate the technology of internet and how private citizens’ rights relating to internet are protected. Issues to be canvassed include privacy and personal data, internet jurisdiction, regulation of internet marketing, issues in electronic transactions, internet governance, domain name business models and disputes, intellectual property challenges for new business models, legal issues raised by cloud computing, as well as net neutrality and telecom regulation.

Each class will feature lecture and discussion on a specific topic with an emphasis on a comparative, global perspective that analyses legal, policy and regulatory approaches in Asia, North America, and Europe. Classes will also incorporate film and video to provide alternative perspectives on these issues. Students will write a paper examining a related issue and provide the class with a short presentation on their preliminary findings.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Michael Geist mgeist@pobox.com TBA By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Have a detailed understanding of the development of IT law issues including Internet governance, Internet jurisdiction, online contracting, and privacy.

CLO 2 Be able to assess the legal implications of emerging technology law issues such as net neutrality and new domain name extensions.

CLO 3 Provide advice on how legal issues such as copyright and privacy apply to new online businesses models and cloud computing services.

CLO 4 Engage in a global, comparative law approach to IT law with understanding of approaches in North America, Europe, and Asia.

CLO 5 Developed an appreciation and awareness for how IT law issues are portrayed in new media, movies, and documentary films.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

PLO E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

CLO 1  ✓  ✓
CLO 2  ✓
CLO 3  ✓

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class presentation on preliminary research on the final paper topic or a presentation on a relevant issue drawn from the student’s professional practice or experience TBC 25% Class discussion and written feedback as needed 4
Research paper 30 Apr 2020 75% Written comments 1, 2
  *Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email
3 Individual feedback to be disseminated through Moodle
4 Individual review meeting upon appointment
5 Group review meeting
6 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/


4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 1 hour video class in advance and 31 hours for 2 teaching weeks in January 2020
Private study time: 9.75 hour(s) / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: For an earlier version of the course syllabus, readings, and other materials, seehttp://www.michaelgeist.ca/hku-global-information-law-practice/

An updated version of the syllabus will be posted at least one month before the course.

Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/

By the publication of the course profile online, the Faculty deems the student as having been notified of the course requirements.