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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; TLS: LTMS; Law, Technology, Markets & Society;
Is part of
M Law and Technology
M Law
dr. M. Galič
Other course modules lecturer
L.E. Jones
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. E.J. Koops
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 24/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
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 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 cyber-investigation;
  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 types of questions for the exam (70% of grade) depend on the exact format of an online exam, which is to be determined. They are likely to include:
1. questions on the mandatory literature
2. questions applying provisions from the Cybercrime Convention to a concrete case (the text of the provisions needed for answering the question will be included in the exam)
3.  open questions asking your opinion – substantiated with arguments – about topical discussion points
Assignments (30% of grade)
Read this carefully! You have to submit four assignments.
  • The first three assignments (each 300-500 words, excluding notes and bibliography) will be subject to peer review. So, besides writing your own assignment, you also have to peer-review the first three assignments of three fellow-students. The first three assignments will not be graded, but are mandatory to submit (pass/fail).
  • The fourth assignment (800-1000 words, excluding notes and bibliography) will be graded and count for 30% of your final grade.
  • Note 1: The fourth assignment will be assessed only if the first three assignments have been submitted. If one of the first assignments is missing, the fourth assignment will receive a 1 (out of 10) as default.
  • Note 2: there is no resit for this assignment; an insufficient grade has to be compensated by the exam.
Please note that answers to the exam and the assignments have to be given in English.
The resit will be either a written or an oral exam (possibly in digital form), depending on the number of students. Note that the resit is for the entire course; the assignments do not count 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 exam (70%) / Written exam (70%)EXAM_01SM 1221-01-2021
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Written exam (70%) / Written exam (70%)EXAM_01SM 1115-12-2020
Required materials
A collection of articles. See the syllabus with basic information, schedule and literature on Canvas
Recommended materials
Good general overview Anita Lavorgna, Cybercrimes: critical issues in a global context, 2019 (paperback edition)
Title:Cybercrimes: critical issues in a global context
Author:Anita Lavorgna
Publisher:Red Globe Press
Good general overview (a bit outdated) 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
EAN : 9789012403153 Edition : 3rd (2018)
Title:Strafrecht & ICT
Author:B.J. Koops & J.J. Oerlemans
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
Assignment National Law (30%)

Written exam (70%)

Final Result

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