Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3173: Technology and Human Rights Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Ana Beduschi (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Technology is a feature of our contemporary society: from our social media activities to GPS tracking on our smart phones; from online banking to the so-called smart homes; from biometric features on mobile phones to online shopping, digital technologies are increasingly present in our daily lives.


However, as technologies evolve, many legal issues arise in the field of the protection of human rights. For example, it is crucial to have our privacy and personal data protected also in the digital space, notably in light of the widespread state surveillance and cybersecurity issues.


In this module you will learn how human rights law responds to the challenges posed by new technologies. This module will enable you to acquire and deepen your understanding of human rights law, including the protection of privacy, data protection, freedom of expression, and due process in the digital age. You will have the opportunity to critically think about how the law should evolve to better tackle these issues, regulating innovation without hindering the development of new technologies.


No pre-requisite modules required. This module is recommended for law students. Knowledge of this area of law is a strong and desirable asset for students wishing to pursue a career in the private sector (e.g. information technology and law, human rights litigation etc.), NGO sector (e.g. human rights workers), and public sector alike

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