Digital Governance

Digital Governance

Elective course in the master of public law at the Erasmus School of Law


Digitization is getting a new, sometimes disruptive impulse with the rise of artificial intelligence and big data. The question of proper embedding in society with the aid of the law is once again a topical issue and is relevant in all sorts of areas. The Digital Governance elective deals with some of the most important legal-political themes like:

  1. Actorship and autonomous machines,
  2. property,
  3. privacy,
  4. industry and technology giants,
  5. democracy.

In the learning process, the students are challenged to concretize the questions and design solutions together. Material is provided through the open online course of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Digital Governance, which is available for free on The working language is Dutch and English. Students are expected to be able to follow lectures (video and live) in English and then participate in an exchange of views in English. The final paper may be written in Dutch or English.

Learning goals

After completing this course:

  • The student has an intermediate level of knowledge of the phenomena of AI and Big Data and the (potentially disruptive) social consequences thereof.
  • The student has insight into a number of legal-political themes for digitization, in particular under the influence of AI and Big Data and the state of regulation.
  • The student has insight into the doctrinal legal and legal economic considerations in the relevant regulatory issues.
  • A student can conduct limited research in her/his own discipline on one of the themes and report on this orally and in writing.
  • The can student make a connection between her/his already completed course components and governance of digitization.