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Information society is gradually replacing industrial society. As a result, new and important issues are emerging for which our laws are not optimally adapted.
The Research Master's in Information Law provides ambitious students with the legal skills that will enable them to tackle the complex legal issues that arise in an information society, both from a scientific and a practical perspective. The programme offers outstanding students, who demonstrate an interest in scientific research in the field of information law, the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of subjects relevant to information law. At the same time, students are trained in their research skills. During their entire two-year programme, the Research Master's students are 'embedded' in the Institute for Information Law (IViR) and participate in on-going research projects, workshops, Institute talks, symposia and conferences.
The Research Master's Information Law has two compulsory core subjects: Theory and Practice of Information Law and Theory and Practice of Intellectual Property. In addition, the programme includes a number of elective courses based on the core subjects , research training assignments and training in research skills. The course is completed with the composition of a thesis.
The Master's programme comprises 120 ECTS credits:
- Theory and Practice of Information Law (10 credits)
- Theory and Practice of Intellectual property (10 credits)
- Methods of Legal Research (5 credits)
- Research Skills (5 credits)
- Elective courses (15 credits)
- Research Training (group) (10 credits)
- Comparative Law and Comparative Legal Research (5 credits)
Electives 15 credits (related IViR electives)
- International and European Copyright Law (5 credits)
- Patent Law (5 credits)
- Intellectual Property Law and Practice (5 credits)
- International Media Law, Policy and Practice (5 credits)
- Advanced Issues of Information Law (5 credits)
- Research Training (group) (10 ECTS)
Over the course of the Masters programme students take part in ongoing research projects and learn about the daily affairs of the Institute for Information Law (IViR). They also participate in workshops, symposia and conferences.
In the first year, students study in groups, under the supervision of an IViR senior researcher. Findings are presented to the supervisor and to other employees during IViR Institute Meetings.
- Specialisation at a foreign law school (30 credits)
- Internal or external individual research training (10 credits)
- Master Thesis (20 credits)
Specialisation at a foreign law school (30 credits)
During the second year (first semester) students are given the opportunity to specialise at a foreign law school in Europe, the United States or elsewhere. The choice of law school is made in consultation with the teachers and depends on the individual students interests and the possibilities on offer by the facultys partner institutions.
Internal or external individual research training (10 credits)
Students conduct their research under the supervision of a senior researcher of the IViR as in the first year, although this time on an individual basis. This individual training is conducted at the IViR or at a foreign research institute with which the IViR cooperates.
Students conclude the master programme with the composition of a thesis in the field of Information Law (20 credits).
Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands