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single-cycle master degrees (5 years) in LAW

Course year 5
Teaching units Unit Informatica giuridica
Training activities in similar subject fields or in fields integrating the basic and distinctive ones, also relating to context cultures and interdisciplinary training (lesson)
  • TAF: Supplementary compulsory subjects SSD: IUS/20 CFU: 6
Teachers: Thomas CASADEI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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The student will acquire a strong knowledge of the fundamental legal principles of the new technologies.
The course will explore the possible models of cyberspace regulation, highlighting the inadequacy of traditional norms in relation to the dynamics of the virtual world. In particular, it will be analyzed the regulations on data protection, copyright, liability of internet providers, computer crime and identity theft, as well as the main features of e-commerce.

Admission requirements

Respect for introductory exams.

Course contents

The course has two basic objectives.
The first - oriented legal practice - is to give students an introduction to information technology law. In particular, will be provided concepts related to the contractual law, the protection of privacy in the processing of data, computer crimes, the responsibility of the provider, the regulation of domain names, the development of IT in PA and the judicial process.
The second objective - more speculative - is to provide an overview of issues that the development of the Internet puts the world in relation to traditional legal categories of fundamental rights (principle of territoriality, jurisdiction, general principles of contract), especially regarding protection of privacy rights, copyright, freedom of expression, information and communication, and self-regulatory network.

Teaching methods

The course consists of 42 hours of lessons and provides exposure and the comments of texts (such as Declarations, Conventions, International documents), as well as essays and articles on patterns of regulation of cyberspace. Some topics, which are fundamental in the present debate, are analysed through seminars. Those who attend the course must take an assessment test written before facing the oral examination. The final oral examination allows students to present the concepts developed throughout the course in an appropriate lexicon and allows them to discuss the main topics discussed in class.

Assessment methods

- Students who do not attend the course will be examined through an oral examination. An "inverted cone" structure will be followed, from general questions to more specific and detailed ones. 4 questions will be asked. An average examination lasts about 30 minutes. - Students who attend the course will be asked to face a written test. The report will focus on a specific topic discussed during the course and will be valued in thirthies. The final examination is a traditional oral examination, with an "inverted cone" structure, from general questions to more specific and detailed ones. 3 questions will be asked. An average examination lasts about 20 minutes. The evaluation of the oral examinations depends on the student's arguing abilities, the correctness of the lexicon and the suitability of the answers to posed questions.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course will be tested the knowledge and understanding of the subject acquired by the students, as well as their effective learning skills.
Students will be evaluated based on the understanding of concepts learned and their ability to apply the legal reasoning.
During the evaluation procedures, it will be stimulated the judgment of the students and verified their communication skills.
Knowledge and understanding. General knowledge of the key issues of the right of new technologies.
Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension. Ability to analyze with awareness the critical aspects referred to the dynamics of cyberspace. acquisition of a theoretic-practical method to examine complex situations in academic and working contexts. Independent judgment. Ability to critically collect and interpret data and complex information in the specific study field (from sentences and international documents). Communication skills. Ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to a non-specialist audience, with reference to the specific academic field, the proper lexicon and its critical articulation.
Learning skills. Acquisition of references, instruments and learning abilities which are necessary to further develop the theoretical knowledge acquired and to apply this knowledge, consolidated by a practical analysis, also to other academic fields.


1) V. COLOMBA (a cura di), I diritti del Cyberspazio, Diabasis – Parma - 2015.