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TLS_0310 Enabling and Controlling Private Power in the Knowledge Society 12 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Professor Tuomas Mylly
Minimum preceding studies
85 ECTS.
Preceding studies
All students must have basic knowledge of commercial and European law. The ON/OTM degree students must have completed the following courses: ONOM1040 Eurooppaoikeus ONOM1003 Kauppaoikeus

Learning outcomes

Enabling and Controlling Private Power in the Knowledge Society provides the students with the essential capabilities and intellectual tools to analyze the mechanisms through which legal norms and judicial interpretations participate in the regulation of informational, technological and market power in the knowledge society by both co-creating and controlling it. Problem-based learning, discursive teaching and case law method develop the students' interest and skills in critical legal analysis and understanding of the interaction between law, economy and society. The modes of work improve the students' argumentation and writing skills.


The course discusses the ways in which the current forms of societally most significant private power are both co-created and controlled through international treaties, laws and judicial activities. The course concentrates on informational, technological and market power in the knowledge society. It explores the interactions between markets and legal norms representing several branches of law, often overlapping in application discourse. In particular, it asks how European fundamental rights and intellectual property law, ecommerce and competition law jointly affect digital and high technology markets, create rights for market actors, set limitations on their conduct and impose liability, and thus legally construct informational, technological and market power.

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

Restricted entry, limited to 20 students. Students enrolling in the LIS-Programme have priority in the selections.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
  • In English
  • In English

The course is based on intensive participation and advance preparation throughout the course. The main emphasis is on case law method. Law students in the Finnish-speaking Bachelor of Law Programme may continue working with an essay and expand it into a bachelor's thesis (ON-seminaarityö)

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
The grades (1-5) will depend on the exercises (50%), successful completion of tasks assigned and the essay (50%). Tasks related to the conference and active participation in the course improves the grade by +1.

Study materials

Literature below is assigned for the lectures and to be used in the take-home exam (about 800 p. in total):

Farrand, Benjamin: Networks of Power in Digital Copyright Law and Policy: Political Salience, Expertise and the Legislative Process. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis, 2014, as instructed. Available electronically in the Turku library databases.

Geiger Christophe (ed.): Research Handbook on Human Rights and Intellectual Property, Edward Elgar 2015, as instructed. Chapters available electronically through the Turku library database.

Helfer, Laurence R.: Regime Shifting in the International Intellectual Property System, 7 Perspectives on Politics 39-44 (2009), article available freely from several internet-based repositories.

Ioannis Lianos and Damien Geradin (eds): Handbook on European Competition Law. Substantive Aspects, as instructed. Edward Elgar 2013. Available electronically through the Turku library databases.

Murray, Andrew: Information Technology Law. The Law and Society (Second edition, OUP 2013), as instructed. Available electronically through the Turku library databases.

Mylly, Tuomas: Intellectual property and competition law in the information society, in Geiger Christophe (ed.): Constructing European Intellectual Property. Achievements and perspectives, available electronically through the Turku library databases / Moodle pages of the course.

Schovsbo, Jens: Constitutional Foundations and Constitutionalization of IP Law – A Tale of Different Stories?, in Zeitschrift für Geistiges Eigentum – Intellectual Property Journal, vol. 4, band 7 2015, pp. 383-394, a pre-print available e.g. from the SSRN-database.

Tasks assigned: a selection of case law and official materials assigned for the lectures (approximately 100 p).

Further information

NB! This course will be offered only during the academic year 2016-2017

TIME: II Period
Restricted entry, limited to 20 students.
The course is an obligatory part of the Master's Degree Programmme in Law and Information Society (LIS). Students enrolled in the LIS have priority in the selections.
Law students of the Faculty of Law may continue working with an essay and expand it into a bachelor`s thesis (ON-seminaarityö).

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Specialisation fields (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
Turku Law School