General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3113
Course name: Advanced Issues in Information Technology Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 30

1.2 Course description

This course examines the cutting-edge technology law issues in the age of social media and artificial intelligence.  It focuses on following three areas of technology law:

  1. Legal protection of personal data;
  2. Legal regulation of algorithms; and
  3. Intellectual property and artificial intelligence systems

Each area of study will deal with the relevant legal and policy considerations. For example, we will discuss the extent to which personal data and intellectual property rights could impact the development of artificial intelligence systems, and will also explore whether and why intellectual property law should protect the creations generated by artificial intelligence systems.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Haochen Sun haochen.sun@hku.hk CCT 307 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand the nature and scope of personal data rights.

CLO 2 Examine how to develop legal standards for regulating algorithms.

CLO 3 Know how intellectual property protection would impact the development and application of artificial intelligence technologies.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary (Three house open book unseen examination)

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Class participation N/A 20% 1, 2, 3
Research essay 20 Dec 2023 80% 1, 2, 3
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by the convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/