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LLM Governance and Law in a Digital Society

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LLM Governance and Law in a Digital Society in a nutshell

This international master’s degree programme (LLM) aims at building bridges between technology, law and public administration.

Our world is digitalizing at high speed. The Corona crisis has aided this process, with an unparalleled increase in online communication and education. Governments were already visibly struggling with governance issues in a digital world: how to influence and regulate the strategy of platforms such as Uber, AirBnB and when public order is at stake? How can governments themselves facilitate automated decision-making systems that make use of big data or algorithms? How are principles of good administration and transparency safeguarded in a digital society? These issues are highlighted by contemporary developments.  

If you are interested in helping governments and businesses to answer these questions and contribute to a stable and innovative digital society, then the LLM Governance and Law in Digital Society is what you are looking for.

In order to be educated as a scholar in digital society, a thorough understanding of the legal framework is necessary. This includes privacy law and legislation on cyber crime. Alongside, knowledge is crucial on the effects of legislation in digital society. This master’s degree therefore, combines the knowledge and skills for both the legal scholarship and the social sciences. In addition, considering the importance of contextual knowledge an internship is integrated as part of the multidisciplinary programme.

This master’s degree of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen is taught at Campus Fryslân, the newest faculty of the University of Groningen. Our close-knit academic community will provide you with the skills necessary to reach your full potential, growing as a scholar, a policy advisor and a person.

Our application deadline for this year is June 1st 2020. There are 40 places in this masters degree programme.

More information about this degree programme

To the application procedure.

Why Governance and Law in Digital Society?

  • Study in an international and challenging environment
  • Attend lectures by top scholars who are currently conducting relevant research
  • Develop a new perspective
  • Learn from professionals working in the field

From LLB to LLM

Students who have a LLB may be considered for admission to the LLM Governance and Law in Digital Society after following a Pre-LLM or a Summer Pre-LLM. The deadline for the Pre-LLM is June 1st 2020.

From HBO to LLM

Students who have a Dutch HBO Bachelor LLB, or closely related, or a bachelor’s degree certificate of a programme with an emphasis on Public administration can apply to be admitted to the LLM Governance and Law in Digital Society Sustainable Entrepreneurship after following a Pre-LLM. The deadline for admission to this Pre-LLM is June 1st 2020.

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What students say

“I was looking for a study that would enable me to help solve social problems and involve my special interest in digitization. For that reason the choice for the master program Law and Governance in Digital Society was made quickly.'' - Jorn Travaille

“I can strongly recommend the master in Governance and Law in Digital Society. The study responds to current events and the field of study is constantly evolving.'" - Nynke Dijkstra

Blog: A day in the life of a LLM Governance & Law in Digital Society student

Get to know the Faculty of Law & Campus Fryslân

General Information

Studying at the University of Groningen means studying at a university ranked among the top 100 worldwide. This Faculty of Law programme Governance and Law in Digital Society is hosted at Campus Fryslân, the branch campus of the University of Groningen located in Leeuwarden, the capital of the province of Friesland. Campus Fryslân is an interdisciplinary faculty that conducts teaching and research of societal importance at a national and international scale.


Would you like to know more about the degree programme Governance and Law in Digital Society, the Faculty of Law or Campus Fryslân? Or do you have questions about studying in Leeuwarden or about how the application and selection procedure works? If so, contact us by email, We are more than happy to help you!

Last modified:23 April 2020 10.16 a.m.