After this course, the student is able to:
- explain what cybercrime is and what the major challenges of cybercrime are for legislators and for practitioners;
- find and explain cybercrime provisions in her own national legal system, and compare these to the Cybercrime Convention;
- identify the differences in national cybercrime laws and explain what are the main consequences of this;
- interpret articles 2-21 and 32 of the Cybercrime Convention;
- apply substantive cybercrime provisions to a case describing a (potential) cybercriminal activity;
- apply procedural cybercrime provisions to a case describing a cyberinvestigation;
- 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;
- 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.
Elementary criminal law
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%)