LAW-30097 - Law and New Technologies
Coordinator: Stergios Aidinlis
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module explores the challenges that the technologies of the twenty-first century (such as the Internet, smart technologies, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and robotics) pose on the law and more particularly on fundamental rights. It identifies and critically analyses the key legal frameworks and jurisprudential responses to these new technologies and discusses their successes as well as their limitations.

This module aims to:
- provide a critical understanding of the ways new technologies permeate our everyday activities, our home, our vehicles and our public spaces.
- critically reflect on the legal and ethical challenges that the use of new technologies by individuals and States pose on fundamental rights, such as privacy, data protection, freedom of expression and human dignity.
- identify and critically analyse the key legal frameworks at the supranational and international levels that regulate new technologies and address the challenges posed by them.
- critically analyse major jurisprudential responses to new technologies.
- teach students to interact with AI models (such as ChatGPT) to achieve the production of new legal knowledge and to analyse legal problems.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

Seminars 10 x 2 = 20 hours
Directed learning set in preparation for seminars, including preparation for the learning with AI exercise = 80 hours
Research for an assessed essay and possibility to submit an essay plan as formative assessment - 30 hours
Writing an assessed essay (summative assessment) - 20 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
Essay with a word limit of 2,000 words (excluding footnotes)
A 2,000 word essay from a set of questions, where the students have to choose an essay topic provided by the module leader and the teaching team. The essay topics will require students to critically analyse issues covered in the module.

2: Reflective Analysis weighted 50%
'Learning with AI' Reflection
A 1000-word reflective analysis of how students have used AI systems (such as ChatGPT) to produce legal knowledge and tackle legal problems.