Law and Technology - a cross-continental perspective (January 16-26, 2018)


Please register for this course in the module booking. This course is limited to 30 UZH students.

Important: Please kindly note that the submission of the grades for the course "Law and Technology - a cross-continental perspective" will only formally appear in September 2018 (for FS 2018) for interested UZH students.

In Cooperation with the University of New South Wales

This course is jointly organized with the University of New South Wales (Australia) (UNSW) and will be taught primarily by Prof. Lyria Bennett Moses (UNSW) and Prof. Florent Thouvenin (UZH).

About this course

This course will explore the interaction between law and modern technology. It will introduce students to the potentially problematic relationship between legal rules and technological change, and then begin to explore real substantive problems at the interface between them. This will require some understanding of particular legal doctrines and particular technologies, which the course itself will provide. It is the aim of the course to teach, encourage and nurture creative legal (and technological) thinking when contemplating questions such as the possible regulation and/or promotion (for example, through patents) of technology and technological change.

This course also provides students with knowledge of the legal frameworks and theoretical approaches regarding regulation of technologies in a global and  transnational context. The course will draw on Australian, US, and European perspectives (among others) in order to ensure that students understand the topics covered on a broader, global canvas.

Requirements for the paper

Maximum 50,000 characters (not including the front page, indices, footnotes, declaration of originality). Please generally refer to the guidelines for Master Theses.

Formal requirements

  • Line spacing: 1.5 lines
  • Alignment: justified (Blocksatz)
  • Page margin right: 4 cm
  • Format: A4
  • Language: English


The deadline is on 15 June 2018, 23:59. The paper has to be handed in by e-mail to as a PDF-file. In addition, the declaration of originality has to be signed and the original of such declaration has to be submitted to the Chair (by mail or in person).