Technology creates situations that were the stuff of fantasy when most of our laws were created. Robots, biotech, autonomous vehicles and weapons, and the endless amassing and crunching of data - what does it mean to be a human being? And how do we relate to each other and to the natural world? These are questions we are forced to ask ourselves again in the face of technological progress. Law shapes and reflects the answers that we find.
Alongside core courses in international technology law, and big data, human rights and security, you will choose from subjects including: international weapons law, biotech and law, robots and artificial intelligence, and blockchain and disruptive tech.
You will be part of an international and diverse group of teachers and students interested in exploring the frontiers of regulation and technology, and you will graduate as a specialist with in-demand knowledge and skills.
Skills on graduation and future ahead
You will have an overview of the major fields where law and technology interact and be familiar with the core legislation and legal principles; you will have in-depth knowledge of the law concerning data and privacy, as well as a number of other fields, such as e-commerce, bioethics, cybersecurity, robot and algorithm law, blockchain law, and regulation of tech giants. You will be able to do research and present oral and written arguments in these fields, and you will be aware of how technology law is created and shaped, and the issues it will face in the coming years. You will therefore be able to advise clients, make legal arguments, or conduct research, within the field of technology law. Your knowledge will be primarily of the law applying in the Member States of the EU, but you will also be aware of global trends, and differences and similarities with the US.
As an ITL graduate, you will use, develop or research the regulation of emerging technologies. Typically, you will work in law firms, international organizations such as the UN, EU or international technology regulators, governments, or NGOs.
There are relatively few lawyers with a solid understanding and knowledge of the law concerning emerging technologies, so graduates will be part of a specialized and in-demand group.
The career opportunities are as fascinating as they are wide-ranging. After graduating, you will be prepared for a career in:
- Law firms – both large commercial firms and smaller specialised ones, including technology, IP and human rights firms.
- Industry, banking or commerce – as a legal advisor dealing with privacy, cybersecurity, data, blockchain, liability or other issues
- Government regulators – as a specialist helping regulate the tech industry
- University research or NGOs – contributing to further understanding and debate and technology and law
For more information, please consult our study guide.
Registration in Studielink
When you are applying via Studielink, please choose the general master in law. Later on in the admissions process, you will be able to choose a specialization.
Teaching in academic year 2021-22 and the covid-19 crisis
The ITL program is preparing for full on campus teaching as of September 2021. Hence, we expect all students to be present in Amsterdam to be able to attend classes on campus. Small parts of the program may be offered online, such as a lecture by a guest lecturer or video clips that are uploaded to our online teaching environment, but we are not offering temporary online alternatives to follow the entire program remotely.
We cannot be certain how the covid-19 situation develops. In the event that circumstances change, and restrictions are imposed on teaching, we will respond. However, for the moment our planning is for on campus teaching.