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Course module: 620068-M-6
Course info
Course module620068-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; Law, Technology, Markets and Society;
Is part of
M Law and Technology
M Law
dr. M. Galič
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. E.J. Koops
Other course modules lecturer
S. van Schendel, LLM
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis course is only for students from the Law & Technology Master
Registration openfrom 14/08/2019 up to and including 24/08/2020
After this course, the student is able to:
  1. explain what cybercrime is and what the major challenges of cybercrime are for legislators and for practitioners;
  2. find and explain cybercrime provisions in her own national legal system, and compare these to the Cybercrime Convention;
  3. identify the differences in national cybercrime laws and explain what are the main consequences of this;
  4. interpret articles 2-21 and 32 of the Cybercrime Convention;
  5. apply substantive cybercrime provisions to a case describing a (potential) cybercriminal activity;
  6. apply procedural cybercrime provisions to a case describing a cyberinvestigation;
  7. evaluate how cybercrime can be governed, including a critical assessment of the role of the law in combating cybercrime and assessing how social norms, market forces and technology can play a role in cybercrime governance;
  8. argue how specific types of cybercrime can be combated.

The exam (70% of grade) will consist of:

1. some open questions on the literature (not about details or exact definitions, but about the general argument(s) and concepts of the literature)
2. one or two questions applying provisions from the Cybercrime Convention (or appropriate national legislation) to a concrete case (the text of the provisions needed for answering the question will be included in the exam)
3. one or two open questions asking your opinion – substantiated with arguments – about topical discussion points

- Note. Dictionaries are allowed during examination. The text of the Cybercrime Convention (Convention on Cybercrime) is also allowed during examination. Colour highlights and underlinings are allowed on these texts, but not written notes.



Assignments (30% of grade)

Read this carefully! You have to make 2 assignments. There is no resit for the separate assignments; an insufficient grade has to be compensated by the other assignment and/or the written exam.

The topics and submission dates for the assignments are announced in the course information on Osiris.

Please note that answers to the exam and the assignments have to be written in English.

The resit will be a written exam. Note that the resit is for the entire course; the assignments do not count for the resit.

Exchange students leaving before Christmas and not returning to Tilburg should contact the lecturer before early December to discuss alternative options for the resit.

Required Prerequisites
Elementary criminal law
Recommended Prerequisites
Criminal procedural law
Please note, this course is only available to students of the Master Law & Technology Program.
To register for this program, you must comply with the admission requirements, including a matching interview 

This course offers an overview of cybercrime law and governance. The first part focuses on concepts, methods and prevalence. The second and major part discusses substantive and procedural criminal law. The third part discusses the governance of cybercrime. The Council of Europe's Cybercrime Convention will be a key point of reference to illustrate all issues. Substantive criminal issues discussed include hacking, malware, phishing, and (virtual) child pornography. Procedural issues include various investigation powers, such as computer and network searches, smartphone investigations, and wiretapping. This course is part of the Master Law and Technology. All students with basic knowledge of criminal law are welcome to participate. The course is taught in English. Students are expected to read assigned literature in advance and to actively participate in discussing the literature in class.

Type of instructions

Interactive Lectures and Tutorials

Type of exams

Written Exam (70%), assignments on national law (30%)

Contact person
dr. M. Galič
Timetable information
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Written exam (70%) / Written exam (70%)EXAM_01SM 1104-12-2019
Written exam (70%) / Written exam (70%)EXAM_01SM 1206-01-2020
Required materials
A collection of articles. See the document with basic information, schedule and literature on Canvas
Recommended materials
David S. Wall, Cybercrime: The Transformation of Crime in the Information age, 2007 (paperback edition)
Title:Cybercrime: The Transformation of Crime in the Information age
Author:David S. Wall
Publisher:Polity Press
(Also 3e druk; to be published late 2018)
Title:Strafrecht & ICT
Author:B.J. Koops
For those desiring more in-depth discussion of (primarily UK) cybercrime law
Title:Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations
Author:Ian Walden
Publisher:Oxford University Press 2007
Very good book on Cybercrime legislation, primarily in Anglo-Saxon countries
Title:Principles of Cybercrime
Author:Jonathan Clough
Publisher:Cambridge UP 2010
Title:Cybercrime: Legislation, Cases and Commentary
Author:Gregor Urbas
Publisher:Lexis Nexis 2015
Group Assign. Comparing National Law(30%

Written exam (70%)

Final Result

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