Introduction to Digital Law

Course content

Digitization has transformed the legal and contractual relationships between undertakings, citizens and governments. As more data is being collected, stored, exchanged and used electronically, business opportunities and concomitant risks and duties arise, with respect to data privacy and security. The digital revolution is changing the concepts of property, liability,
commerce, public space, currency and dispute resolution. At the same time it is creating new ethical concerns and requires specifically designed regulations and remedies. Althogh its consequences are far reaching – there is still no holistic approach to the subject matter.
This course aims to fill in that gap and to provide students with the foundation for the understanding of the legal implications of the multiple aspects of digitalization and automatization. The course is case law and research based.

Among others, the course deals with topics such as:

  • digital privacy and security,
  • digital contracts,
  • digital commerce,
  • digital justice,
  • digital property and intellectual property,
  • digital public space,
  • digital citizenship,
  • digital currency,
  • digital remedies and
  • digital media.


Being an introductory course, the course does not require prior knowledge of the topic.

Learning outcome

The course seeks to familiarize students not only with the understanding of black letter law but also to discuss the rationale behind this particular field of law. Thus, it is focused both on theoretical and practical issues, as well as possible solutions, as they appear from legislation and relevant case law.


In terms of knowledge, students will be able to:

  • describe and explain concepts as defined by law and developed by case law
  • explain various policy considerations (i.e.: need for regulation, for remedial action, for consumer protection)
  • gain knowledge of ethical and moral issues concerning various aspect of digitzation and automatization


As a result students will develop the ability to:

  • understand general rules and principles of "digital" law and to apply them in national and cross-border scenarios
  • identify and understand the different aspects and implications of digital environment and products, as well as the transformation of legal concepts and institutions due to digitization and automatization
  • analyze the policy rationales underlying the different regulatory choices and to argue on their strengths and weaknesses


At the end of the course, students will have acquired a number of competences which will enable them to:

  • individually and/or jointly plan, work and handle complex cases, carry out jurisprudential analysis and prepare competent legal advice on practical issues or hypotethicals
  • critically reflect on current and future developments in the field in both a Danish and international context.

The course takes the format of lectures and active class participation. Hence, whenever
possible, the participation of the students is expected, encouraged and appreciated. Students are therefore required to prepare themselves by:
- deliver presentations and provide feedback to their peers,
- working on assignments (either individually or in groups, as the case may be),
- working out solutions for the cases and hypoteticals distributed,
- engaging in the exchange of ideas throughout the classes and other activities required by the professor.

Minimal research skills are needed to complete some of the assignments.

The courses It-ret and Introduction to Digital Law are mutually exclusive. In your course of study, you can only follow and be examined in one of these courses.

Continuous feedback during the course
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The course aims to make use of multiple types of feedback in order to ensure, on the one hand, the constant communication between teacher and students, and, on the other hand, that students understand what is expected of them and learn the outcome of their work througout the course.

Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Individual written assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 356,5
  • Seminar
  • 56
  • English
  • 412,5


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice

1 semester

  1. Students enrolled at Faculty of Law or holding a pre-approval: No tuition fee
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Contracting department
  • Law
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator
  • Caroline Heide-Jørgensen   (24-466475726f6c7168314b686c6768304d72756a6871766871436d7875316e7831676e)
Saved on the 15-08-2022

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