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LAWS428 Law and Emerging Technologies

Introduction to the unique problems of attempting to regulate emerging technologies: ‘future-proofing’ the law; descriptive and normative disconnection; regulating uncertain risks; ethical diversity and prudential pluralism.

The paper will consider the law's relationship with emerging technologies from a number of directions. The first part of the syllabus will consider some of the challenges confronted by law-makers and regulators when attempting to regulate technologies that elicit divergent moral responses, such as reproductive and genetic technologies. The second part will look at the challenge of regulating against a background of uncertain risks. Part three will consider the particular challenges of regulating the Internet. The final part will consider the actual or potential uses of emerging technologies as regulatory tools, including surveillance technologies, genetic databases and the use of neurotechnologies in the courtroom.

Paper title Law and Emerging Technologies
Paper code LAWS428
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $633.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,720.00

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Prerequisite
LAWS 201 and 66 further LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Restriction
LAWS 102, LAWS 528
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Notes
May not be credited together with LAWS 483 passed in 2012-2014.
Contact
law@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan
Textbooks
Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the conceptual challenges facing courts, legislators and regulators when attempting to respond to, and anticipate, fast-changing technologies
  2. Comprehend and utilise key concepts in the 'techno-regulation' literature
  3. Critically evaluate the various strategies for regulating in the face of uncertainty about risks and benefits
  4. Understand and analyse the various perspectives around regulation of 'cyberspace', and the practical and conceptual challenges facing attempts to do so
  5. Apply these approaches and critiques to real-life and hypothetical examples.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Introduction to the unique problems of attempting to regulate emerging technologies: ‘future-proofing’ the law; descriptive and normative disconnection; regulating uncertain risks; ethical diversity and prudential pluralism.

The paper will consider the law's relationship with emerging technologies from a number of directions. The first part of the syllabus will consider some of the challenges confronted by law-makers and regulators when attempting to regulate technologies that elicit divergent moral responses, such as reproductive and genetic technologies. The second part will look at the challenge of regulating against a background of uncertain risks. Part three will consider the particular challenges of regulating the Internet. The final part will consider the actual or potential uses of emerging technologies as regulatory tools, including surveillance technologies, genetic databases and the use of neurotechnologies in the courtroom.

Paper title Law and Emerging Technologies
Paper code LAWS428
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
LAWS 201 and 66 further LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Restriction
LAWS 102, LAWS 528
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Notes
May not be credited together with LAWS 483 passed in 2012-2014.
Contact
law@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan
Textbooks
Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the conceptual challenges facing courts, legislators and regulators when attempting to respond to, and anticipate, fast-changing technologies
  2. Comprehend and utilise key concepts in the 'techno-regulation' literature
  3. Critically evaluate the various strategies for regulating in the face of uncertainty about risks and benefits
  4. Understand and analyse the various perspectives around regulation of 'cyberspace', and the practical and conceptual challenges facing attempts to do so
  5. Apply these approaches and critiques to real-life and hypothetical examples.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41