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LLM in Intellectual Property Rights & ICT Law
Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT & Centre for Intellectual Property Rights
HUBrussels & KU Leuven

Address HUBrussels, Warmoesberg 26, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
Tel. No. + 32 2-210 12 11
Fax No. +32 16 32 07 70
E-mail address
Course LLM in Intellectual Property Rights & ICT Law
Type of courses Full-time and part-time
Evening programme: Classes are held on weekdays from 6 pm onwards.
Length of courses 10-12 months
Date of commencement Last week of September
Class size 25
Student accommodation Student accommodation is not available on campus but the Social Services of HUB may assist students in finding a suitable place to stay.
Fees €500 subscription fee + €35 per ECTS (= €2600 if followed on a full-time basis during 1 year)
Exchange partner school EULISP programme
Exchange partner school EULISP programme
Exchange partner school EULISP programme
Major recruiters of graduates of this course International law firms, companies in the ICT and media sector, regulators, public administration, etc.
Student profile 1. Ratio of National / Overseas students: 50 / 50
2. Ratio of Men / Women: 50 / 50
3. Age range: 22-...
Admission requirements International students (please note that other rules are applicable to students with a master’s degree obtained in the Flemish or French Community, cf.
• Need to have obtained a degree that is considered to be equivalent to a Master’s degree in Law. However, students that have obtained a Master degree in other disciplines may also be admitted subject to a positive evaluation of their full application file.
• If the master’s degree is awarded outside of the European Union: admission on the condition that a special training course “Introduction to European law” is attended.
• If the master’s degree is awarded within the European Union: admission on the condition that a special training course “Introduction to law” is attended unless students obtained a master’s degree in law or a master’s degree in a discipline that includes an introduction in law of at least 60 hours.

Students that were awarded a master’s degree by an institute outside of the Flemish Community should first apply for admission with the Student Administrative Services Centre of HUB according to the application procedure detailed at
Level of proficiency in the English language (not for students awarded by the French Community in Belgium) that is required:
  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79, CBT 213, PBT 550
  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade A, B or C
  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) grade A, B or C
  • TOEIC Listening 490 + Reading 455 + Speaking 200 + Writing 200
  • SAT Reasoning test Critical Reading 500 + Writing 500
  • ACT English 20 + Reading 20

  • If you obtained a diploma of Secondary and/or Higher Education which is awarded by an institute of the Flemish Community or the Netherlands, or if you obtained a diploma from an English-taught programme of Secondary and/or Higher Education from a country of the 'Inner Circle', you will be exempted from the English language test admission requirement.
    HUB institutional code (to be mentioned on the exam paper) TOEFL: 7039, SAT: 5749 or ACT:5393.IELTS, TOEFL, CAE and CPE test reports are valid for two years. We can only accept original test reports (no copies). If you do not have the original test report anymore, please ask IELTS, TOEFL, CAE or CPE to forward one to HUB. Register for tests as soon as possible because some test centres have limited test availability. Students who have not taken the IELTS or TOEFL yet but are planning to are recommended to take IELTS academic or TOEFL iBT.
    Contact details for application dr. Eva Lievens
    Sint-Michielsstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven; Belgium
    Telephone: + 32 16 32 07 70
    Course directors: Prof. dr. Frank Gotzen, Prof. dr. Jos Dumortier and dr. Eva Lievens


    LLM in Intellectual Property Rights & ICT Law

    This program provides an in-depth study of European IP, ICT and Media Law. The ICT and media sector is a rapidly evolving and highly complex sector, influenced by technological, economic and sociological developments. In this sector, existing legal frameworks are continuously challenged, traditional legal concepts and principles need to be reinterpreted and an insight into other – connected – disciplines is vital to function at a high level. The course intends to address the increasing demand for qualified legal practitioners in the ICT and media sector. To achieve this objective students will be offered a comprehensive study of European IP law, IT law and Media and Communications law, with a specific focus on relevant interdisciplinary perspectives (technology; economy; socio-political, cultural and media studies), and a number of practical skills that are of particular importance in this sector. The course is aimed at national and international graduate as well as professional students.

    The LL.M. in IP and ICT Law consists of the following courses:

    International and European Copyright Law
    The aim of the course is to offer an in-depth introduction to the basic rules of international and European copyright law. The course presents an overview of the international and European legislative framework.. Another part of the course deals with related protection schemes and in particular focuses on the protection of neighbouring rights, databases, computer programs and technological measures (DRM). A final chapter aims at exploring several topical issues that emerged from challenges of the information society such as peer-to-peer technologies, user generated content sites, collective management on-line and digital libraries.

    International and European Patent Law
    The objective of this course is to provide an in-depth analysis of the European patent law system and to offer some practical training in patent claim drafting and patent prior art search. During the first part of the seminar emphasis will be placed on the legal framework and case law of the European Patent Office. Emphasis will also be placed on practical aspects of patenting. The structure of a patent, the patent classification system, patent databases and search methods, as well as patent claim drafting will be examined. During the second part of the seminar attention will be drawn to some delicate issues in current patent law. The patent regime for biotechnological inventions will be examined from technical, legal and ethical perspective. The patentability of software and business methods will be studied as well.

    International and European Trademark Law
    The aim of the course is to offer an in-depth introduction to the basic rules of international and European trademark law. Following an introductory chapter introducing the important international treaties and exploring the harmonization efforts in the European Union, the course will provide an in depth review of the provisions, application and procedural aspects of the European Community Trademark system. In particular, the course will provide an extensive examination of the legal provisions that deal with basic concepts and validity requirements, registration proceedings, scope of the exclusive rights, invalidity and revocation grounds, collective marks and procedural aspects.

    Electronic Business Law
    The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the most relevant legal aspects of doing business online. Recent regulatory and policy developments in Europe are studied more closely via class discussions and guest lectures by field experts.

    Media Law
    This course strives to equip participants with a thorough understanding of European media law and policy. It consists of four major parts: Protection of freedom of expression and information in Europe; EU regulation of the audio-visual sector; Co- and self-regulatory mechanisms in the media sector in Europe; and Economic regulation of media markets. Throughout the course, special attention will be paid to the impact of the internet and social media on existing legal rules (e.g. citizen journalism and user generated content; connected TV; search engines; online social networks…).

    Interdisciplinary Aspects of ICT
    The aim of this course consists in introducing the students to a series of non-legal aspects of ICT, ranging from technological and economic to socio-political perspectives. Throughout the course, recent technical developments and market trends are studied more closely via class discussions and guest lectures by ICT industry representatives and leading ICT researchers.

    Electronic communications Law
    This course offers a comprehensive overview of international and EU telecommunications regulation. The course also studies the relation between sector regulation and general competition law, and discusses landmark cases on abuse of dominance (Deutsche Telekom; Wanadoo; Telefonica, Telekomunikacja Polska), cartels (e.g. sector inquiry on roaming) and state aid (e.g. several cases and Commission guidelines on state aid for broadband investment). Throughout the course, recent regulatory and policy developments, including the Digital Agenda, network neutrality, mobile roaming, etc., are studied more closely via class discussions and guest lectures by field experts.

    European Privacy and Data Protection Law
    Its first part will be dedicated to a comprehensive analysis of the privacy right and in particular of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and of national courts regarding article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. In the second part of the course the focus will be on the most relevant legislation and case law with regard to the protection of personal data. A third part of the course will be dedicated to practical workshops on the implementation of privacy and data protection rules in public and private organizations (drafting of privacy policies, contracts for international data transfers, binding corporate rules, etc.). Specialised and experienced legal practitioners will provide guidance to the students during these practical workshops.

    Electronic Contracts Law
    This course has a double ambition. First, it aims at making students familiar with a series of legal issues related to the management of contracts concluded via electronic means (“online contracting”). Second, it aims at transferring knowledge and practical skills with regard to the negotiation, conclusion and management of contracts related to ICT. Examples of such contracts relate to: application development and hosting; maintenance and licensing; service level agreements; provision of cloud services (ASP/SaaS); fixed and mobile network infrastructure and services. Specialised and experienced legal practitioners will provide guidance to the students in a series of practical workshops.

    Public Government and Cybercrime Law
    The focus of this course is on the role of the State in the online environment. On the one hand it deals with the most important challenges presented to governments in order to adapt public administration and public law to the digital society (e.g. e-government, e-health, access and re-use of government data). On the other hand the course provides an overview of regulatory mechanisms to protect citizens and society against online risks. In this perspective, course sessions will be dedicated to e.g. European policy and regulation in the area of cyber security and the protection of critical information infrastructures and the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention.

    Master thesis
    Students are required to write a master thesis on a topic related to a legal problem related to a specific aspect of IP, ICT or Media Law.

    Timing & location Courses are taught in the evening, from 6 pm onwards, in Brussels. It is possible to participate in the programme on a part-time basis, spreading the programme over two years.


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