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Course module: 620820-M-6
Regulation: Ethics, Acceptance, Legitimacy
Course info
Course module620820-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 Bestuurskunde
M Public Governance
M Law
Contact persondr. R.L. Pierce
Coordinator course
F. Abousalama-de Graaff
Other course modules lecturer
Coordinator course
mr.dr. C.M.K.C. Cuijpers
Other course modules lecturer
Coordinator course
dr. R.L. Pierce
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.L. Pierce
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 13/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
The main goals of the course are:
  • To familiarize students with the recurring patterns and stages of development of new technologies, especially the stages in which options and risks for society are apt to surface;
  • To enable students to recognise the most important and frequently reappearing types of failures in the perception of risks and uncertainties;
  • To enhance students in their ability to formulate well-founded judgments and to propose reasoned decisions regarding the regulation related to risks and uncertainties;
  • To equip students with an understanding of the different types of regulation that may be invoked when dealing with risks and opportunities of new technologies;
  • To provide students with the fundamentals of regulation theory and ethics regarding governance of technology in the technological and socio-economic context of law.
Please, note that this subject is mandatory for students of Law and Technology.
Exam: The students are NOT allowed to bring any reading materials to the exam.
Only hardcopy non-legal, non-specific, non-annotated dictionaries English-native language of the students (and vice versa) are allowed.
Recommended Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of criminal liability, Intellectual Property Rights Law, European Law, Fundamental Rights, Competition Law, Legislative drafting Theory.
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 

The development of new technologies confronts society with opportunities and risks that are often hard to predict and difficult to specify. These risks can be related to a technology, to its development, and to the specific uses or applications of the technology. The course will focus on the use and deployment of various modalities of regulation with regard to new and emerging technologies. This will be explored in the context of often recurring failures in risk perception, typical forms of risk analysis and risk management, and the restricted usefulness of the latter for policy and legislation purposes. With regard to technology, two questions will be raised: Which types of risks and drawbacks require regulation at all, and, if regulation is necessary, which kind or type of regulation should be chosen? Alternative options will be addressed including legislation (public, private), regulation through technology, through economic instruments, self-regulation, social norms, et cetera. The course will also address failures of regulation. An essential part of the course will address issues of efficiency, efficacy, ethics, acceptance and legitimacy, with particular focus on the role of ethics in technology governance. The general aims of the course is to enable the student to make well-considered judgements and assessments concerning the adequacy and legitimacy of regulation of the various types of technology related risks and drawbacks.
Type of instructions
Work group
Lectures, workshops, study of literature, analysis of case studies

Type of exams
Written Exam - 100% of Grade

Compulsory Reading
  1. Publicly online available documents listed in BlackBoard and some literature to be bought or borrowed by the students themselves, also listed in BlackBoard.

Recommended Reading
  1. References available in BlackBoard
Timetable information
620820-M-6|Regulation: Ethics, Acceptance, Legitim.
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1119-10-2018
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1209-01-2019
Required materials
Publicly online available documents listed in BlackBoard and some literature to be bought or borrowed by the students themselves, also listed in BlackBoard.
Recommended materials
Publicly online available documents listed in BlackBoard and some literature to be bought or borrowed by the students themselves, also listed in BlackBoard.


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