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This course will explore the underlying laws and policy response to the challenges of the Internet.


The main rationale for Internet Law and Policy is to introduce participants to the law and policy that underpin the emerging issues inherent in the use of the Internet as a medium of communication. Topics include the origin and history of the Internet; the technical and infrastructural foundations of the Internet; Internet governance systems; online data protection & privacy; online surveillance; online anonymity; cyber-bullying, online revenge-porn; cyber-crimes; electronic mails; property rights in electronic mails; unsolicited commercial electronic mails; network neutrality; electronic commerce; copyright protection for online digital contents and database; jurisdictional issues and enforcement of foreign judgments.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development

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About this course

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The Internet is a critical medium of information communication, with unique socio-legal challenges. This course will explore the underlying laws and policy response to these challenges, which include individual privacy; anonymity; identity-theft; unsolicited commercial electronic mail; copyright in digital contents; employees' social-media rights and responsible use of employers' computing systems; protection of domain names for businesses and individuals; online reputation and online surveillance systems.

This course is aimed at professionals, businesses and individuals for whom the Internet is an integral part of daily operations. Lecture and seminar sessions will deal with practical issues that range from online protection of business names or trademarks; digital copyright protection; dealing with unsolicited commercial electronic mails; responsible use of electronic email systems and social media by employees; online identity theft; online surveillance; anonymity online; revenge porn; online frauds, etc.

Linked programmes

LLM Commercial Law, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Exam – written examination in early January 2018. Compulsory weekly seminar sessions that involve interactive discussion and analysis of the topics and issues raised at the previous lecture prepare participants for the written examination.


This course requires weekly attendance on Saturdays from 1.15pm – 4pm for twelve weeks starting Saturday 30 September 2017.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Start dates

  • 30 September 2017
How to apply


The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

How to apply

Start dates

  • 30 September 2017

Fees and funding

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Scholarships, awards and prizes

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