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Law and Technology - LAWS3518

Year - 2020

This course explores the interface between law and technology. It will introduce the challenges around regulating new and emerging technologies at a general and theoretical level, and consider the role of law, regulation, and other mechanisms for influencing technological development such as professional norms, ethical frameworks, and technological standards. The course will explore the challenges that developments in technology (such as artificial intelligence and automated systems) may pose to how we understand what law is, what law regulates, and how, including the impact of digital technologies on the role of lawyers and judges. The course will include deeper (case study) consideration of current substantive problems at the interface between law and technology, which could include, for example, data collection, sharing and use (privacy laws and surveillance); the regulation of automated decision-making and artificial intelligence and its impact on individual rights and disadvantaged groups; personalised/precision medicine. A background in science, information technology or engineering is not assumed or required; information about technologies considered will be provided.

2 x 2hr/wk

Assumed knowledge
Torts, Contracts, Public Law and Criminal Law


Faculty: Sydney Law School

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Prof Kim Weatherall
HECS Band: 3
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