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Postgraduate Course: Law of E-Commerce (LAWS11136)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to provide an in-depth look at the legal issues surrounding electronic commerce including business-to-consumer (B2C), business-to-business (B2B), and consumer to consumer (C2C) forms and digital applications to support the sharing economy, creative processes and the public sector.
Course description Throughout the course we will review (a) traditional legal issues surrounding business in an electronic format and the challenges of the advent of digital technologies, concerning particularly the identification of jurisdiction, the formal validity of electronic transactions, security and authentication, contract formation and electronic payment systems, and online consumer protection issues; (b) digital convergence and content regulation, the impact of online advertising, search engine functionalities and marketing; (c) the legal discipline of technological applications in the contexts of the public sector, smart cities and open democracy; and policies to support and enable digital tools to the advantage of creative industries and economic growth.

Session titles
1. Introduction to electronic commerce
2. Jurisdiction
3. Contracts and signatures
4. Consumer protection
5. Finance, payments and virtual currencies
6. Content and advertising
7. Search engines
8. E-commerce for the public sector and digital public service delivery
9. The sharing economy, innovation and the creative industries
10. ICT for development


Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the semester, the student will be able to:

- understand the definitions and topics that are understood to cover electronic commerce,
- assess the regulatory solutions applied to electronic commercial transactions,
- be able to understand the different legal regimes that apply to the various types of electronic commerce, namely business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and consumer-to-consumer.
- analyse the problems with conducting business in a global marketplace, specially in topics such as contract formation, jurisdiction, payment methods, and liability,
- assess the regulatory solutions applied to electronic commercial transactions.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Paolo Cavaliere
Tel: (0131 6)51 5137
Email: Paolo.Cavaliere@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr David Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010
Email: David.Morris@ed.ac.uk
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