Why Study IT Law in Estonia
- Practical focus: we believe that a significant part of teaching in this programme should simulate real-life situations. Students gain access to 30 IT Law practitioners and IT specialists from around the world participating in the programme. As consultants, lecturers, or mentors, they synchronize the legal education with the technical developments in the ICT sector.
- Broad and comprehensive understanding of IT Law: we provide a systematic understanding of all major subfields of IT law as well as skills necessary for practicing in this area. Along with that, we create extensive links between technical, legal, and policy aspects of development and uses of ICTs, putting heavy emphasis on case studies, real-life exercises, trend assessments, and problem-solving.
- Technical skills: students will master a set of technical skills typically required in the ICT sector, e.g. elementary skills in programming, cryptography, database technology, and software engineering.
- Global careers: graduates will be ready to provide legal advice on ICT related matters across jurisdictions and work anywhere in the world. They will be able to perform interdisciplinary and comprehensive regulatory, analytical, and expert work in the field of IT Law, having all necessary skills to face the challenges posed by the extraterritoriality, novelty, and complexity of its problems.
- e-Estonia and cutting-edge developments in IT: Estonia is considered an international leader in the field of IT for its technological and legal solutions as well as population that is open to technological advancements: We provide access to its best practices and cutting-edge developments.
The IT Law Programme of the University of Tartu conducts its activities in the framework of European Union Structural Funds programme “Increasing Digital Literacy” and is funded by the European Social Fund from 01.09.2015 to 31.08.2020.
Project: The IT Law Programme “Training Specialists in IT Law“
The purpose of the programme is to train highly qualified experts in Information Technology Law (IT Law) in the framework of MA, PhD and continuing Education Programmes at the University of Tartu.
Outcomes of the programme: The IT Law Programme prepares highly qualified lawyers for work in law firms, ICT companies, government agencies, international organizations, consulting firms and research institutions, filling positions that require a detailed understanding and application of law and legal methods in the areas of ICT and cybersecurity. The graduates of the programme will be ready to perform interdisciplinary and comprehensive regulatory, analytical and expert work in this field, having all necessary skills to face the challenges posed by the extraterritoriality, novelty, and complexity of its problems. As the significance of ICT grows, there is also a growing need for technologically trained lawyers. By training professional ICT lawyers at the University of Tartu, we provide the market with qualified legal experts in the field of ICT, alleviate the deficit of ICT specialists in various sectors in the economy, provide grounds for the development of new business opportunities, as well as support the quality of ICT-related public procurements in Estonia and beyond. The research branch of the programme helps to increase the amount of IT Law research in Estonia and enhances the capacity and competitiveness of Estonia's research and development in the field of information technology.
Funding: Overall budget of 960 000 euros is coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia.