Mode of
Attendance

Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years

Programme
Director

Dr Yahong Li
T. (852) 3917 2953 | E. lawpgs@hku.hk

Tuition
Fees*

(for 2019-2020)
Full-time: $153,300 p.a.
Part-time: $76,650 p.a.

* Subject to University’s approval.

Application
Deadline

Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 15 May 2019

Aims
Programme structure
Courses
Admission requirements
Additional information
Online application

[IMPORTANT NOTE]
This programme is now accepting applications for admission in September 2019 .  The application deadline will be HKT 12:00 noon, 15 May 2019.

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.)

  • Capstone courses
    • (Candidates must choose at least one course from the list below.)
    • LLAW6132  International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
    • LLAW6170  Law and the internet
  • Core courses

    • (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

    • LLAW6267  Courts

    • LLAW6117  Cybercrime

    • 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.

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curriculaand fulfil at least one of requirements (1) to (3) below AND (if applicable) requirement (4):

(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.

More information on the area of law and technology can be found at the Faculty’s Law and Technology Centre website.

Click here for submitting an online application.

Deadline: Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 15 May 2019.