The principal objective of the degree of Master of Laws in Technology and Intellectual Property Law is to offer a range of courses that provide a sound legal understanding of various aspects of the rapidly developing fields of technology law, intellectual property law, and the intersection between the two. This includes topics such as the legal implications of artificial intelligence, big data, data mining, regulation of Internet platforms, 3-D printing, outer space technologies, nanotech, fintech, protection of computer programmes and algorithms, digital remixes and user-generated contents, online streaming, green-tech, and biotechnologies (including genetic modifications and stem cell research). Subject areas will be regularly expanded and updated to ensure that students are able to understand and analyze contemporary legal issues in this area.
Students are required to complete not fewer than 72 credits nor more than 78 credits, including at least two 9-credit core courses and a capstone course in accordance with the regulations for this degree and the syllabus as set out below. Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes, but in any event no more than two courses from other LLM specialist programmes.
* Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree in law shall be required to complete, amongst the eight 9-credit courses of this programme, up to two 9-credit courses of foundational law courses to be defined by the Faculty at the time of admission.
(Each of the courses listed below carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.)
(Candidates must choose at least one course from the list below.)
LLAW6132 International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
LLAW6170 Law and the internet
(Candidates must choose at least two courses from the list below.)
LLAW6139 China information technology and electronic commerce law
LLAW6223 Copyright and Creativity
LLAW6120 Intellectual property and information technology
LLAW6219 Patent Law
LLAW6046 Privacy and data protection
LLAW6200 Topics in Trademark Law
Electives (Department of Law)
LLAW6243 Advanced intellectual property law
LLAW6187 Advanced topics in competition law
LLAW6124 Communications law
LLAW6285 Computer programming, data mining, and the law – An applied introduction
LLAW6014 18-credit Dissertation (18 credits)*
LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation**
LLAW6111 E-business law
LLAW6126 e-finance: law and regulation
LLAW6210 Energy law
LLAW6249 Entertainment law
LLAW6106 Global information technology law and practice
LLAW6005 Hong Kong intellectual property law
LLAW6119 Human rights and cyberspace
LLAW6188 Intellectual property policy and practice
LLAW6212 Intellectual property protection in China: law, politics and culture
LLAW6140 Intellectual property, innovation and development
LLAW6280 Introduction to artificial intelligence and law
LLAW6288 Introduction to European Union law
LLAW6181 Management and commercialization of intellectual property
LLAW6176 Online Dispute Resolution
*LLAW6014 and LLAW6054 are mutually exclusive.
Electives** (Department of Computer Science)
ICOM7125 Digital forensics (6 credits)
ICOM6027 e-Crimes: digital crime scene and legal sanctions (6 credits)
** Students who choose ECOM6032/ ICOM6027 or both of the courses offered by the Department of Computer Science are required to complete 78 credits or 75 credits respectively for satisfying the curriculum requirement.
NOTE: Not all courses will be offered in any given year. For actual courses available, please refer to annual course offerings.
(1) hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University for this purpose; or
(2) hold a degree in a discipline other than law with at least second class honours accepted by the University for this purpose and have at least two years relevant experience and professional qualifications; or
(3) have obtained either the Common Professional Examination of England and Wales or the Common Professional Examination Certificate of this University, provided that in either case a second class honours degree or a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose has also been obtained;
(4) for an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests:
(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a score of 593 or above (paper-based test) or 97 or above (internet-based test); or
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – an overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5;
in each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.