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Newcastle University: Emerging Technologies and the Law

Institution Newcastle University
Department Newcastle Law School
Telephone +44 (0) 191 208 8736
Study type Taught


The LLM in Emerging Technologies will equip you with the substantive knowledge and skills essential for tackling the legal questions of tomorrow.

This LLM focuses on the interactions between economics, politics and society in regulating complex new technological problems.

It combines the study of existing rules and regulations with case studies and human experiences of the impacts of innovation.

It raises questions such as: - Is your meme copyright protected?

  • Where, how, and why should Meta be taxed?

  • Will AI decision-making change legal processes?

  • What happens when Twitter and the European Commission discuss social media content?

  • Can science fiction teach us about regulation?

This Law programme is open to graduates from any discipline. We welcome students with an interest in the regulation of complex real-world problems that are the result of technological innovations. This course is for you if you not only care what the law is, but what it could be.

Our subject experts will provide you with extensive knowledge. You will gain critical and transferrable skills required by employers in both the public and private sector.

This LLM is also suitable for applicants with an interest in further study. You will develop the skills necessary for the development of a PhD proposal on law and technology-related subjects.

Delivery and teaching methods:

Teaching will primarily be through small group seminars and workshops. These are led by expert academic staff but driven by students.

Your preparation, questions and insights will form the core of your learning experience with us.

Sessions may be based around simulations of regulatory activity, such as stakeholder processes, legislative deliberations or mock parliamentary or judicial hearings.

We complement our in-person seminars with a variety of other teaching methods, such as: - introductory lectures (where necessary)

  • Q&A sessions with staff

  • quizzes and other online self-study tools

Course-specific facilities:

The Law School has an extensive library situated within the School. You will also have access to an extensive range of online sources via Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.

We can offer you: - dedicated study spaces for LLM students

  • a student common room


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