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Governance and Law in Digital Society

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) Pre LLM.
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.

Facts & Figures
Degree
LLM in Law and Public Administration
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
66461
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Law
Why study this programme in Leeuwarden?

De Engelstalige mastertrack Governance and Law in Digital Society van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is een verbinding tussen drie disciplines: het recht, de bestuurskunde en de veiligheidsvraagstukken. Deze combinatie maakt de mastertrack uniek in Nederland.

De opleiding wordt gegeven in Leeuwarden, aan de RUG/Campus Fryslân.

Programme

This Master's programme takes one year to complete. The first semester consists of an integrated set of course units on the key themes of governance, law and security, within the overarching theme of 'security in a digital society'. The first semester focuses on becoming familiar with theoretical concepts and developing research skills.

This is in part achieved by working with practical case studies from, for instance, a safety control region, insurance companies, banks, the Dutch Traffic Violation Bureau CJIB and governmental organizations. The second semester is aimed at deepening this knowledge.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Policy science in digital society (6 EC)
Supervision & Enforcement (6 EC)
Seminar Policy Analysis (6 EC)
Modern Public Management (6 EC)
Safety & Security in Digital Society (6 EC)
Cyber Crime (5 EC)
Governance of Safety (5 EC)
Thesis Project (20 EC)
Programme options
honours programme (honours program)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Deze opleiding is gericht op juristen met interesse in (het oplossen van) maatschappelijke vraagstukken en de rol van de overheid hierbij. De sociaalwetenschappelijke kennis die van belang is voor de bestudering hiervan wordt opgedaan tijdens een (Engelstalig) Summer Pre-LLM Programma of een reguliere pre-master. Meer informatie over beide routes is te vinden op: https://www.rug.nl/(...)owpos?opleiding=6267 Vragen? Neem contact op met Barbara Brink via b.brink rug.nl

language test

De mastertrack Governance and Law in Digital Society is volledig Engelstalig. Een taaltoets maakt onderdeel uit van de toelatingseisen. Via een van de volgende toetsen kan worden vastgesteld of je het Engels op het voor deze opleiding vereiste niveau beheerst.

TOEFL: 92 (minimumscore op alle onderdelen moet 21 zijn, schrijfonderdeel moet 23 zijn) IELTS: 6.5 (minimumscore op alle onderdelen moet 6.0 zijn, schrijfonderdeel moet 6,5 zijn) CAE of CPE

Heb je een Engelstalig bachelorprogramma afgerond aan een universiteit in Nederland? Dan ben je vrijgesteld van bovenstaande taaltoetsvereisten.

Let op! Het is je eigen verantwoordelijkheid om ervoor te zorgen dat je de benodigde Engelse taaltoets vóór aanvang van de master behaald. Tests mogen niet ouder zijn dan twee jaar.

other admission requirements

Let op! Voor studenten met een juridische of een sociaalwetenschappelijke achtergrond, die niet direct toelaatbaar zijn tot deze masteropleiding, is een pre-master ontwikkeld. Dit (Nederlandstalige) pre-master programma wordt aangeboden in Groningen. Daarnaast is er een Engelstalig Summer Pre-LLM programma beschikbaar voor studenten met een juridische achtergrond. De deadline voor aanmelding voor deze mastertrack, de pre-master én de Summer Pre-LLM course is 1 mei 2019.

RUG studenten die de bacheloropleiding Rechtsgeleerdheid, afstudeerrichting Internationaal en Europees recht en Nederlands recht, hebben afgerond zijn direct toelaatbaar tot de pre-master. Andere studenten die toegelaten worden tot de pre-master zijn studenten met een (juridische of sociaalwetenschappelijke) bacheloropleiding waarmee zij óf kennis van het staats-, bestuurs-, privaat- en Europees of internationaal recht hebben verkregen óf kennis van sociaalwetenschappelijk onderzoek, sociaalwetenschappelijke theorie, beleidswetenschap, bestuurswetenschap en organisatietheorie. Neem voor de precieze mogelijkheden contact op met onze Studieadviseurs (studieadvies-rechten rug.nl).

Tijdens het Engelstalige Summer Pre-LLM programma volg je vier intensieve vakken in de 2e en 3e week van augustus waarin je wordt bijgeschoold in sociaalwetenschappelijke onderwerpen. Vanaf 1 mei begin je met de voorbereiding. Meer informatie: http://bit.ly/2Bp2xgy

Naast de Summer Pre-LLM voor studenten met een juridische achtergrond is er tijdens het academisch jaar ook een Engelstalig pre-master programma beschikbaar. Meer informatie: http://bit.ly/2Bmqlly en http://bit.ly/2DfyIPJ

Er wordt om een Curriculum Vitae gevraagd.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Applied Safety & Security Studiesnhlstenden

Additional requirements

More information:

De bacheloropleidingen Bestuurskunde, Integrale veiligheid en HBO recht aan de NHL geven toegang mits hiervoor speciaal voorbereide minoren (aangeboden vanaf 2017) zijn opgenomen. Neem voor vragen contact op met studieadvies (studieadvies-rechten rug.nl) of opleidingscoördinator (b.brink rug.nl)

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Additional requirements

More information:

De bacheloropleidingen Bestuurskunde, Integrale veiligheid en HBO recht aan de NHL geven toegang mits hiervoor speciaal voorbereide minoren (aangeboden vanaf 2017) zijn opgenomen. Neem voor vragen contact op met studieadvies (studieadvies-rechten rug.nl) of opleidingscoördinator (b.brink rug.nl)

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
LawUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

Extra informatie: De afstudeerrichting Jur. Bestuurskunde binnen de bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid geeft een drempelloze toelating. Andere afstudeerrichtingen binnen de bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid dienen aangevuld te worden met essentiële instroomvakken. Neem daarvoor contact op met de studieadviseur.

Juridische BestuurskundeUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).

knowledge minimum

This programme is aimed at students with a law degree and an interest in (solving) social issues and the involvement of the government. The knowledge of social science important for the study is gained during a Summer Pre-LLM Programme or a regular pre-master's programme. More information on both routes can be found at: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6267 Questions? Contact Barbara Brink via b.brink rug.nl

language test

Native speakers of English may request exemption from providing proof of proficiency. Otherwise you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 100 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 7 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university may be exempt from taking an English proficiency test.
  • For more details about language requirements please check: https://bit.ly/2Ho7gkM

The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education

LLB or equivalent with a minor in Social Sciences or a BSc in Social Sciences with a minor in Law.

reference letter

Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. The reference can be emailed to the Admission Office from your referee's institutional e-mail address or uploaded in the Online Application System. The uploaded letter should be on a letterhead and signed by the referee and must contain contact details of your referee, including his or her institutional e-mail address. More information can be found at : http://www.rug.nl/rechten/education/international-programmes/llm/application/admission-requirements

written request

Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

In this programme, you will work intensively with partners in the private and public sectors. In this way you will encounter real problems that public sector organizations face. You will gain practical experience in working in a public context in the field of digitization problems. As a graduate of this programme, you will be well equipped to discuss and tackle such problems, whether in academic research or in political or governmental organizations or the business world.

Graduates of this programme go on to work in a variety of positions in the public sector. Career opportunities lie not only with traditional authorities such as ministries or provincial and local governments but particularly also in organizations surrounding them: agencies, independent governing bodies, intermunicipal and regional organizations, European and international organizations and in the business world. Take, for example, the National Police, departments of ministries such as the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, the Public Prosecution Service, the Special Investigative Services and private parties who work together with public organizations.

Job examples

  • Veiligheidsmanager/dataspecialist bij een overheidsuitvoeringsorganisatie
  • Toezichthouder bij een autoriteit als de Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens
  • Researcher in a safety control region
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						Testimonial of Nynke Dijkstra

    'De master Governance and Law in Digital Society speelt in op de actualiteit en is als vakgebied constant in ontwikkeling'

    – Nynke Dijkstra
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    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.


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						Testimonial of Jorn Travaille

    Jorn Travaille , Netherlands, LLM in Law and Governance in Digital Society

    – Jorn Travaille
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    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.


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    A specialization for which there is a great demand in the market

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    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.


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						Testimonial of Evgeni Moyakine

    As an Assistant Professor I am involved in various teaching and supervision activities connected to cyber security, privacy and data protection

    – Evgeni Moyakine
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    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.

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						Testimonial of Oskar  Gstrein

    For the teaching in this program insights from the EU-funded “Cutting Crime Impact” are of great relevance.

    – Oskar Gstrein
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    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.


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Student profile

The Master's track in Governance & Law in Digital Society is an interdisciplinary track for students with a legal or social sciences profile. Both groups of students will first have to complete a Pre-Master's programme to ensure adequate mastery of key competences and knowledge.

For Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden (NHL) graduates in Public Administration, Applied Safety & Security Studies and Law this is achieved through a set of Minors in their own programme. Other students must follow a Pre-Master's programme. The admission requirements for international students are still being considered; these do not, of course, lie in the area of Dutch law, but in the areas of European and international law.

Study support

If you come across questions with regard to your programme, study progress, your way of studying, personal circumstances, etc., you can go to the International Office for guidance. All discussed in these conversations is treated confidentially.