The objective of this curricular unit is to provide students with knowledge, skills and competences in the fields of connection between law and technology, allowing them to understand the emerging technologies from a technical point of view, in a first moment, and the challenges for ethics and law, in a second moment.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Jorge Morais Carvalho


Weekly - 3

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



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  • Andrew Murray, Law and the Information Society, Oxford UP, 2016
  • Chris Reed, Making Laws for Cyberspace, Oxford UP, 2012
  • Lawrence Lessig, Code 2.0, Basic Books, 2006
  • Dan Svantesson, Solving the Internet Jurisdictional Puzzle, Oxford UP, 2017
  • Mireille Hildebrandt, Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law
  • Novel Entanglements of Law and Technology, EE Elgar, 2015
  • Roger Brownsword, The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology, Oxford UP, 2017
  • Marise Cremona, New Technologies and EU Law, Oxford UP, 2017
  • Vanessa Mak et al. (eds), Research Handbook in Data Science and the Law, Edward Elgar 2018, 512 pp.
  • Eric Hilgendorf and Jochen Feldle (eds.) Digitization and the Law, Nomos 2018
  • Stefan Grundmann (ed.), European Contract Law in the Digital Age, Cambridge ¿ Antwerp ¿ Portland, Intersentia (2018), xii + 334 pp. ISBN: 9781780684772
  • Schulze, Reiner, author | Zoll, Fryderyk, author; Watson, Jonathon, editor, European contract law 2018 | Fully revised, second edition. | Baden-Baden, Germany : Nomos ; München, Germany : Verlag C.H. Beck ; Oxford, United Kingdom : Hart Publishing | xxiv, 311 page | ISBN: 9783848745326
  • Geraint Howells, Iain Ramsay, Thomas Wilhelmsson (eds.) Handbook of Research on International Consumer Law, Second Edition, Edward Elgar 2018, 528 pp.
  • AA.VV., The Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy, John J. Infranca, Nestor M. Davidson, Michèle Finck (ed.), Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • AA.VV., The Sharing Economy: Legal Problems of a Permutations and Combinations Society, Maria Regina Redinha, Maria Raquel Guimarães, Francisco Liberal Fernandes (ed.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.
  • Hatzopoulos , Vassilis, The Collaborative Economy and EU Law, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
  • AA.VV., The Platform Economy: Unravelling the Legal Status of Online Intermediaries, Bram Devolder (ed.), Intersentia Limited, 2019.
  • Alberto De Franceschi, La circolazione dei dati personali tra privacy e contratto, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-8849534696
  • Aaron Wright e Primavera Di Filippi, Blockchain and the Law: the rise of Lex Cryptographica, Harvard UP, 2018
  • Michèle Finck, Blockchain Regulation and Governance in Europe, Cambridge University Press 2018, 214 pp.
  • Alexandre Sousa Pinheiro, Privacy e proteção de dados pessoais: a construção dogmática do direito à identidade, AAFDL Editora, 2015
  • Alexandre Sousa Pinheiro,  Cristina Pimenta Coelho,  e outros, Comentário ao Regulamento Geral de Proteção de Dados, Almedina, 2018
  • Commentary on the EU General Data Protection Regulation, Lee Bygrave e Christopher Docksey, Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2019
  • Filipa Calvão, Direito da Proteção de Dados Pessoais, Universidade Católica, 2018
  • Karen Rosier, Cécile de Terwangne, Le Règlement general sur la protection des données (RGPD/GDPR). Analyse approfondie, Larcier, 2018
  • Meg Leta Jones, Ctrl Z: The Right to Be Forgotten, NYU Press, 2016
  • Orla Lynskey, The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law, Oxford UP, 2016
  • Hannah YeeFen Lim, Autonomous Vehicles and the Law, EE Elgar, 2018
  • Zeinab Karake, Enforcing Cybersecurity in Developing and Emerging economies, EE Elgar, forthcoming 2019
  • Woodrow Barfield, Ugo Pagallo, Research Handbook on the Law of Artificial Intelligence, EE Elgar, 2018
  • AA.VV., Fintech - Desafios da Tecnologia Financeira, Almedina, 2017

Teaching method

Theoretical-practical classes.

Evaluation method

- Written examination.

- Continuous assessment: 100% (optional final exam for grade improvement)

                     - Case study, presentation, and classroom participation (70%)

                     - Articles correspond to 30%

Subject matter

Each of the sessions includes a technical part, with the participation of specialists in the relevant technology, such as engineers or economists, and a legal part, in which the challenges of that technology to the law are explained. The classes are dialogued and prepared in advance by the students, which allows them to learn more effectively.


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