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OTMU2241 Advanced Studies in Law and Information Society 60 op
Organised by
Law, Master of Laws
Person in charge
Responsible teacher: Associate Professor Tuomas Mylly, 3335843, tuomyl (at) utu.fi
Preceding studies
See the generic instructions.

General description

Intellectual property, competition, privacy and communication laws, among others, have emerged as the core areas of regulation in the information society. These laws regulate not only the related economic activities, but affect the technological and social environments of everyday interaction. At the same time, the regulation of these areas has europeanized and internationalized intensively. This means that the related phenomena are shaped by norms emanating from at least three levels: international, European and domestic. Their interaction forms an important research topic on its own and an integral part of research on information society topics.

The advanced studies in Law and Information Society is primarily intended for the students of the LIS Master Programme. However, master students pursuing Finnish-speaking Master Studies (OTM) may also apply. The number of places available depends on the size of the group studying in the LIS Master Programme. The students pursuing Finnish-speaking Master Studies (OTM) may write their Master thesis in English, Swedish or Finnish. All teaching is in English.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the advanced studies is to deepen the students’ understanding of the role of law in the information society and to develop their skills in independent research and legal analysis. The students also deepen their expertese of specific areas of law. Writing the master’s thesis (approximately 70-100 p.) forms the core of the advanced studies. Presentations and small-scale lectures prepare the students for presenting their research topics orally to diverse audiences.


- Writing a Master’s Thesis: Methodological and Pragmatic Questions
- Active Participation in Seminars, Conferences and Lectures on Advanced Topics
- Research Seminars
- Take-home Examination Based on Literature
- Presentation of On-Going Research / Related Subject-Areas to Students or Other Audiences

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Thesis / dissertation
  • In English
  • In English
Written exam and Thesis / dissertation and Exercise(s)

The students will have some joint lectures/seminars. For some of the lectures/seminars the students will be given assignments.

The advanced studies comprise five major components:

1) Orienting lectures / seminars discussing methodological and pragmatic questions of doing legal research (at least 75% participation required + the completion of the assignments given)

2) Take-home examination. The literature covered will be defined in cooperation with the thesis supervisor.

3) Master’s thesis seminar (at least 75% participation required)
a) The first master’s thesis seminar (March-April).
b) The second master’s thesis seminar (October-November).

4) Master’s thesis. The students are expected to write a master’s thesis (approximately 70-100 pages) according to each student’s individual research plan.

5) Active participation in seminars and conferences, lectures on advanced topics and presentations based on on-going research / related subject-areas to students or other audiences, as agreed with the responsible teacher, the thesis supervisor and the student.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Take-home examination: numerical 3-5 Seminars, conferences and teaching assignments: accepted / rejected Thesis: Improbatur-Laudatur

Study materials

The literature for the take-home examination will be defined by the thesis supervisor. Altogether approximately 2.000 pages, depending on the level and formatting of the texts.
1) Cryer, Robert; Hervey, Tamara and Sokhi-Bulley, Bal: Research Methodologies in EU and International Law (Hart Publishing 2011), p. 1-110. This book is compulsory for all students.
2) Legal theoretical literature to be agreed with the thesis supervisor, for example Santos, Boaventura de Sousa: Toward a New Legal Common Sense (Butterworths, Great Britain 2002).
3) Constitutional / European / International Law literature to be agreed with the thesis supervisor, for example Dunoff, Jeffrey L. & Trachtman, Joel P.: Ruling the World? Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance (Cambridge University Press 2009).
4) Intellectual Property, Internet or Information Society Law literature to be agreed with the thesis supervisor, for example Yochai Benkler: The Wealth of Networks. How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (Yale University Press 2006) and / or Christophe Geiger (ed.): Constructing European Intellectual Property. Achievements and New Perspectives (Edward Elgar 2013).
Scholarly articles and/or book chapters as agreed with the thesis supervisor.

Further information

TIME: Spring term 2014 - Autumn 2014.

Students will be selected on the basis of following order of priority: 1. students studying in the Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS); 2. OTM-students of the Faculty of Law.

Enrolment in NettiOpsu starts 17.12.2013 at 8.00 and ends 3.1.2014 at 15.00.

Belongs to following study modules

Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Oikeustieteellinen tiedekunta
Oikeustieteen maisterin tutkinto
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