After successfully completed this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify concepts, aspects and arenas of cybersecurity, which are related to criminal law and policies;
  2. apply common concepts of criminal law in the field of cybercrime, and recognize key sources of (international or European) law designed for and applicable to cybercrime;
  3. distinguish between different phenomena/types of cybercrime (including who/what they target; how/where they are committed, and why they persist) and legally assess them;
  4. work on cases related to the commission of different kinds of cybercrime;
  5. develop arguments on the intersection between (criminal) law and new technologies, and evaluate proposed changes in the law related to cybersecurity and cybercrime as well as assess their implications for the civil society.

Caracterização geral





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Semanais - 3

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  • Clough J. (2015), Principles of Cybercrime, 2nd Edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Grabosky P. (2016), Cybercrime, Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press
  • Holt T. J./Bossler A./Seigfried-Spellar K. C. (2015), Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An introduction, New York: Routledge
  • Holt T. J./Bossler A. (eds.) (2019), The Palgrave Handbook of International Cybercrime and Cyberdeviance, Cham: Springer International Publishing
  • Taylor R./Fritsch E./Saylor M./Tafoya W. (2018), Cyber Crime and Cyber Terrorism, 4th Edition, Pearson

Additional readings

  • Brewer R. et al. (2019), Cybercrime Prevention: Theory and Applications, Cham: Springer International Publishing
  • Jahankhami H. (ed.) (2018), Cyber Criminology, Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland
  • Martín Ramírez J./García-Segura L. A. (eds.) (2017), Cyberspace. Risks and Benefits for Society, Security and Development, Cham: Springer International Publishing
  • Owen T./Noble W./Speed F. C. (2017), New perspectives on Cybercrime, Cham: Springer International Publishing
  • Viano E. (ed.) (2017), Cybercrime, Organized Crime, and Societal Responses, Cham: Springer International Publishing
  • Yar M. (2013), Cybercrime and Society, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press

Método de ensino

The course will consist of short lectures and seminar-style discussion based on input provided in the form of a power point presentation. The teaching material will consist of both theories on cybersecurity topics pertaining to the field of criminal law, as well as of short cases related to different types of cybercrime.

This said, the students are expected to actively participate in the in-class discussion (including exercises solving), and work on readings to be made accessible before each meeting on the Moodle platform. The readings will include articles on cybercrime, cybercriminality and legal responses to them, court decisions and short exercises.

The in-class time will also be used in order to discuss at the beginning of each meeting the 'muddiest' point of the previous one (with the help of the Mentimeter application), to answer any kind of questions, and to give thoughtful feedback both to the lecturer and the students .

Método de avaliação

The course participants will be able to choose between two different kinds of assessment.

1. Model

The assessment of students will proceed on the basis of the following methods:

  1. Regular attendance & active participation                                                               20 % (4/20 points)
  2. 5.000-words essay                                                                                                  40 % (8/20 points)
  3. Final exam                                                                                                               40 % (8/20 points)

       Total                                                                                                                             100 % (20/20 points)


In this model, the following assessment criteria and standards will be applied:

  • Regular attendance & active participation: Students have to take part in ten out of the twelve teaching sessions. Moreover, they will be asked to actively participate in the course by: making use of the reading material (to be uploaded on the Moodle platform of the university on a weekly basis) and being able to elaborate on it (e.g. short presentation of the main arguments); discussing at the beginning of each session the 'muddiest' point of the previous one; and giving thoughtful feedback to their colleagues in the course of the discussion.
  • 5.000-words essay: This is the final written work that students will be asked to submit, after they choose a topic or case study to work on in Week 2. The assessment of the essays will be based on the successful presentation of the chosen topic or case study; the author¿s critical thinking and argumentation; structure and material organisation; the originality of the ideas included in the work; style (use of language and terminology); and proper use of literature. The final essay will be due in Week 11. For purposes of grading, essays that are submitted late will be treated as not having been submitted at all. The lecturer may make exceptions to this policy for true emergencies, such as serious illness. Requests for exceptions should be made in advance of the deadline, if possible. The decision of the professor to grant or deny a request for an exception is final and unreviewable.
  • Final exam: Students will have to answer to both short and open questions, and solve exercises related to the previously described learning outcomes. The participation to the final exam is mandatory. The final grades will be announced in two weeks after the exam day.

2. Model

The assessment of students will exclusively proceed on the basis of a 3-hour written exam. They will have to answer to both short and open questions, and solve exercises related to the previously described learning outcomes. The final grades will be announced in two weeks after the exam day.


Week 1: 17 February 2020: Cybercrime: definition, typology, and criminalization

Week 2: 2 March 2020: Cyber-criminology: explaining why cybercrime occurs

Week 3: 9 March 2020: Cybercrime, cyberspace, and jurisdiction

Week 4: 16 March 2020: Organised financial cybercrime

Week 5: 23 March 2020: Cyberterrorism

Week 6: 30 March 2020: Cyberspace and hate speech

Week 7: 20 April 2020: Cyberspace and sexual violence

Week 8: 27 April 2020: Cyberspace and child pornography

Week 9: 4 May 2020: Cyberspace and privacy violations

Week 10: 11 May 2020: Legal responses to cybercrime (I): the international legal framework on cybercrime

Week 11: 18 May 2020: Legal responses to cybercrime (II): the European legal framework on cybercrime

Week 12: 25 May 2020: Prevention of and societal responses to cybercrime & Final remarks