Law Information and Communication Technologies – Field of study catalogue MU
Law Information and Communication Technologies
“As many sour cherries as many cherries.”
Besides the general theoretical, methodological and language preparation of the student for an independent scientific work the study programme includes a specific methodological, theoretical and philosophical training to use the cybernetic methods in law, to work with law as an information system and to accept information as a standard tangential object of legal relation. Specifically oriented positivistic study courses covering the issue of Private Law and Public Law reflection of development and use of information and communication technologies in various types of societal applications (public administration, judiciary, commercial transaction etc.) follow the theoretical and methodological preparation. Special attention is paid to the protection of distributed information rights ( right to privacy, right to the protection of personal data, right to information etc.), as well as to specific features of functioning of network information environment and global information society. The dominant methodology which study and development a special attention is paid to, is the methodology of legal pragmatism enabling under maintaining the basic pozitivistic paradigms the consideration of important non-legal factors which are properties of used technologies, social situations, economical parameters etc.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- analyse independently and solve the complicated interpretation questions (hard cases) of ICT law;
- understand and further develop the basic concepts of ICT law (private, responsibility ISP, cybersecurity, network neutrality;
- work independently in the international scientific teams and project consortia in the discipline of ICT law;
- lead independently a small research team and solve an original assignment of primary experimental and applied in the discipline of ICT law;
- solve independently an assignment of applied contractual research in the discipline of ICT law including the eGovermentu, eJustice and information security.
The graduates of the field of study are equipped by competences for further academic career in the discipline of ICT law and related legal disciplines. The ability to participate in common research and pedagogical projects gives them also a possibility to work at Universities and scietific research institutions abroad.
Thanks to aquired competences the graduates with interest to work in public and private sector have a possibility to acquire the positions in which independent solution of complex legal situations and exacting legal problems are required.
The study plan is created individually on the basis of agreement between the student and supervisor in compliance with the valid accreditation. The study plan is approved by the commission of discipline upon a proposal of supervisor. It contains the theme of the doctoral thesis, required courses (it means the courses bound to discipline and to its wider basis including the language), selective courses (it means the courses bound to pedagogical work and doctoral thesis) and requirements of supervisor. During the study (the standard duration of studies is four years) the student is obliged to complete all required courses and further selective courses to the extent of minimum 16 credits. The student is obliged to pass the state doctoral examination and submit the doctoral thesis on topic bound to the displine for its defence.
With regard to research orientation of the study the practical training of students has a nature of participation in practically oriented research projects including the projects of contractual research solved on the basis of assignment from application practice. The essential part of practically oriented research activity of students has a multidisciplinary nature - students have a possibility to get to know the top-class practice in adjacent disciplines, it means in the discipline of applied informatics, forensic science, behavioural psychology etc.
The study is credited by the system ECTS and it is necessary to acquire at least 240 credits for its successful completion (minimum credit profit required for entry into further year of study is 20). The student is obliged to complete the state doctoral examination which usually takes place in third or fourth year of the study, it is oral, has a commission nature and its content consists of the themes of discipline courses. The study is then completed by the defence of the doctoral thesis which is an original scientific work drawn up on a topic specified by the study plan. Minimum required extent of the doctoral thesis is 150 pages, where it being understood that the work or its essential part will have been published in some of usual ways by the time of its defence (it means in form of peer-reviewed articles, monograph etc.)
There is no follow-up study programme to this study.