How do governments influence effects of digitalisation, such as cybercrime and breaches of privacy? And how can governments make better use of benefits that digitalisation has to offer?
This LLM programme explores how digitalisation can help law enforcement, for both offline and online incidents. It discusses the need to protect the privacy of vulnerable citizens online . Other governance themes are the dependence on the private sector for implementing government policy and safeguards required in order to maintain ethical and legal boundaries in joint ventures.
Our law students are interested in issues of digitalisation and
safety governments have to deal with and they understand that it is
in their interest to have knowledge of social sciences in order to
support governments with this task. If they have no prior knowledge
on this field, they are willing to obtain this during the (summer)
This master responds to a demand of the labour market, since there is a great need for lawyers with knowledge of public administration to deal with aforementioned issues.
By means of guest speakers, excursions, internships and research, you will come into contact with organisations in the public sector, thus gaining practical experience with digitalisation issues in a public sector context. After this study, you will be able to deal with these issues as a specialist.
'De master Governance and Law in Digital Society speelt in op de actualiteit en is als vakgebied constant in ontwikkeling'
Na een bachelor Sociologie te hebben gevolgd aan de RuG, heb ik een pre-master Recht en Bestuur gevolgd om toegang te krijgen tot de master Governance and Law in Digital Society.
Deze master sprak mij enorm aan, omdat het vakgebied zo actueel is. Technologische ontwikkelingen gaan constant door en steeds meer apparaten worden aangesloten op het internet. Digitalisering is alomtegenwoordig en hoewel dit voordelen oplevert, zit er ook een keerzijde aan. De samenleving van vandaag de dag is in toenemende mate afhankelijk geworden van de technologie, waardoor we te maken krijgen met nieuwe veiligheidsvraagstukken.
Tijdens de master kwamen verschillende van dit soort vraagstukken aan bod. Er kwam verschillende wet- en regelgeving voorbij, bijvoorbeeld op het gebied van cybercrime en gegevensbescherming. Daarnaast hebben we veel stilgestaan bij de digitalisering van de overheid en overheidsdiensten, bijvoorbeeld door het gebruik van algoritmes en geautomatiseerde besluitvorming.
Door de stage, die onderdeel is van de master, kan je praktijkervaring opdoen en de kennis verkregen uit de verschillende vakken toepassen in de praktijk. Naast een stageopdracht is het ook mogelijk om je scriptie bij de organisatie te schrijven.
In juli 2019 ben ik afgestudeerd, maar al daarvoor ben ik aangenomen als Cyber Trainee bij het Rijks I-Traineeship. Dit traineeship duurt 2 jaar, waarin je drie keer 8 maanden bij een andere opdrachtgever werkzaam ben. Mijn eerste opdracht is bij de Tweede Kamer, hier houd ik mij bezig met het informatiebeveiligingsbeleid en security awareness.
Door mijn master heb ik veel kennis opgedaan over beleidsvorming en verschillende wet- en regelgeving op het gebied van privacy en cybercrime. Door mijn stage heb ik mijn kennis kunnen toepassen in de praktijk en een beter beeld gekregen van hetgeen ik na mijn master wilde gaan doen.
Ik kan de master Governance and Law in Digital Society ten zeerste aanraden. De studie speelt in op de actualiteit en het vakgebied is constant in ontwikkeling.
Jorn Travaille , Netherlands, LLM in Law and Governance in Digital Society
Last year I graduated from the University of Groningen with a bachelors degree in Public Administration. I lived in Groningen for four years with great pleasure, but I thought it was time for something else.
My interest in the UG Campus Fryslân (in Leeuwarden) was aroused, because the university was going to offer master programs that deal with contemporary problems there.
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.
I have lived in Leeuwarden since September 2018 and it is a vibrant and cozy city. In addition, it was also pretty easy to get a nice and affordable apartment. I like studying at Campus Fryslân; there is a positive atmosphere and they organize interesting lectures with notable experts, for example former Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Another interesting thing is that students in the LLM have different backgrounds, such as sociologists, lawyers, and safety experts. This multidisciplinarity presence in the classroom provides useful discussions which help me to develop a broader view on certain issues.
The programme provides insight into privacy issues, enforcement, and the policy process. I personally like the cyber security courses the most, because it is a subject that is currently developing very quickly within contemporary society. I get the feeling that I am studying something that matters, something that is in the center of political interest. For these reasons I would definitely recommend this LLM.
A specialization for which there is a great demand in the market
As professor I am responsible for the Bachelor and Masters' tracks in Law and Governance. I teach within these tracks and carry out research. My research interests lie with the working of general and administrative law in practice and the functioning of the public sector and specific parts thereof .
My job gives me the opportunity to satisfy my curiosity about how legal arrangements work in practice. I find the workings of the public sector the most interesting because that affects us all.
This track provides a specialization for which there is a great demand in the market. Our society is digitizing at a rapid pace and that raises questions about the ways in which the public sector can and should react. In particular, issues of digital security receive a lot of attention – from security of financial transactions to security in elections, as well as public order and safety in the physical world, which is also influenced by developments of digital technology.
This is the right track for you if you are interested in problems at the intersection of government, market and society and in particular the consequences of digitization for the ways in which our society works and should be governed.
This is a track with a very interesting profile for the job market and an interdisciplinary setup that deals with current problems that affect all of us.
As an Assistant Professor I am involved in various teaching and supervision activities connected to cyber security, privacy and data protection
As an Assistant Professor at the IT Law Section of the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the University of Groningen, I am involved in various teaching and supervision activities connected to cyber security, privacy and data protection. In addition, I continue to carry out research concerning the processing of personal data by State and non-State actors and the issue of international responsibility for cyber operations. From the privacy and data protection perspective, it is rather problematic to learn that governments can engage in electronic surveillance of their citizens without taking into account human rights and freedoms of those who are being surveilled. The same concerns can be raised with regard to cyber activities of private persons and entities who cause different forms of harm to others but operate on behalf of States and together with them manage to escape responsibility. Therefore, it is crucial to stand still and think about not only the existing legal norms and principles but also their interpretation in the light of these developments stemming from the cyberspace and having a tangible impact in the physical world.
For the teaching in this program insights from the EU-funded “Cutting Crime Impact” are of great relevance.
I am Assistant Professor at the department of Governance and Innovation at Campus Fryslân, where I am also member of the Data Research Centre. With my background in law and philosophy I explore topics such as human rights in the digital age, security and surveillance in context of the rule of law, privacy and data protection, digital identity, as well as the use of digital technologies for governance purposes. I combine my teaching with insights from ongoing research on the use of state-of-the-art technologies such as predictive policing or blockchain applications. For the teaching in this program insights from the EU-funded “Cutting Crime Impact” project are of great relevance. In this project we collaborate with law enforcement agencies and security experts from the Netherlands and all over Europe. We research the impact of ethical, legal and social aspects on the design of innovative security technologies. Finally, for this master we frequently organize excursions to international and national institutions so that students get the chance to exchange with practitioners on relevant topics (e.g. dark-web investigations) and receive the opportunity to enhance their network.