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OTMU2241 Advanced Studies in Law and Information Society 60 ECTS
Organised by
Law, Master of Laws
Person in charge
Academic year 2017-2018 professor Juha Lavapuro and Senior Research Fellow Dhanay Cadillo Chandler, academic year 2016-2017 Professor Tuomas Mylly, Professor Juha Lavapuro and Senior Lecturer Ulla-Maija Mylly
Preceding studies
Please see general 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 expertise 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
- Research Seminars
- Take-home Exercise(s) Based on Literature

Teaching language


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

The students will have some joint lectures/seminars. For some of the lectures/seminars the students will be given assignments.
The advanced studies comprise four major components:
1) Orienting lectures / seminars (15 hours) discussing methodological and pragmatic questions of doing legal research (at least 75% participation required + the completion of the assignments given). The orienting lectures include a study trip to Helsinki.
2) Take-home exercises based on Literature. The first part is same for each student. For the second, the literature covered will be defined in cooperation with the thesis supervisor.
3) Master's thesis seminar (about 15 hours participation required)
a) The first master's thesis seminar (May).
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.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

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

Study materials

The take-home exercise based on literature is divided into two parts.

The first partis the same for all students (about 800 designated pages from the following books). The books for the first part are:

◦ Yochai Benkler: The Wealth of Networks. How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom (Yale University Press, 2006, also available freely from the Internet http://www.benkler.org/Benkler_Wealth_Of_Networks.pdf); 

◦ Ansgar Ohly and Justine Pila (eds): The Europeanization of Intellectual Property Law. Towards a European Legal Methodology (OUP 2013), http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665105.001.0001/acprof-9780199665105 and 

◦ Jonathan Zittrain: The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It (Yale University Press, 2008, also freely available from the Internet, https://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/4455262/Zittrain_Future%20of%20the%20Internet.pdf?sequence=1).


The second partis specific for each student. The second part is taken after the student knows the thesis topic and relevant literature. The second part will be agreed with the thesis supervisor. The second part is about 400 pages and relates to the thesis topic of the student.

Further information

TIME: Spring 2017 - Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018 - Autumn 2018.

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.

Belongs to following study modules

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