A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
This year, I was a student of Advanced Masters of Law and Digital Technologies program here at Leiden University. I am very proud to say that I have successfully completed this challenging program and currently waiting for the graduation ceremony which will be held next week. (Yay!) In this blog, I would like to introduce you this program.
As the name implies, the program is focused on the interplay between digital technologies and law in a regulatory perspective. This interplay becomes even more significant with the rapid technological developments and our increased dependency to the online environments. Because of these, many contemporary legal discussions are now focused on the topics such as privacy, data protection and cybersecurity. The program offers its students to have a better understanding on these issues and other practical matters, for instance intellectual property rights in the online world. In order to do so, the program offers great variety of courses during the year each focuses on different areas of law, e.g. human rights, criminal law, telecommunications law, intellectual property rights, and expects students to complete the program by submitting a thesis on a topic of choice. If you are interested in learning more about these complex legal and regulatory issues related to the development and convergence of digital technologies, then this program is definitely the right choice for you!
The teaching takes place usually in seminar style classes, however, active participation in the classroom is required and highly encouraged. The professors expects students to read the required materials before the classes and have a discussion-based lectures in the designated class hours. Alongside with the international focus of the curriculum, the program consist of students coming from different parts of the world with different backgrounds. This provides students with the opportunity to learn from other cultures and jurisdictions allowing them to have a truly global experience.
Alongside with the curriculum, the program also supports the teaching with organizing several seminars, study trips to conferences held both in and outside of the Netherlands and clinics throughout the year. These opportunities allow students to have a better understanding on the contemporary legal issues related to the program content and expand their network by meeting other students and professionals.
Upon their graduation, the alumni of this program have gone on the careers at international law firms, international organizations, tech and telecommunication companies, the judiciary, governmental organizations, NGOs and academic and research institutions. Should your career prospect matches with the alumni`s, then do not forget to apply for this program in the upcoming term!
For more detailed information about the program you can always visit the official website, mail to program coordinator or text with the current students via Unibuddy.
Do you consider to apply for this program? Let us know in the comments below about your questions!