Data: Law, Policy and Regulation online certificate course

Course starts 28 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
20 October 2020
Course Starts:
28 October 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


"The law and digital society are becoming more closely entwined, and as the processing of digital data becomes the bedrock of all areas of business, an understanding of how the law applies to digital decision-making is essential for business professionals and executives globally," says Andrew Murray, professor of law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Rapid digitisation and questions of data privacy have led to the introduction of data protection laws and regulations across the globe. The Data: Law, Policy and Regulation online certificate course from LSE contextualises legal principles and concepts related to data and technology regulation, and empowers you with the skills to navigate the changing legal environment shaping data law and policy.

Through a socio-legal lens, you’ll engage critically with topical case studies and current data regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and gain insight into the legal challenges posed by digitisation. Developed by leading academics from LSE's Department of Law, this course draws on the strengths of the department's innovative research and academic excellence to immerse you in pressing legal debates around data protection and algorithmic regulation, and provides you with the skills to think critically about the relationship between technology, policy, and the law.

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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate of competence from LSE on this online certificate course and be empowered to:

  • Develop and contextualise your knowledge of foundational legal principles and improve your understanding of core debates regarding data governance

  • Examine traditional regulatory models and how they are being replaced or supplemented by the application of algorithmic, data-driven decision-making

  • Discover the practical applications and regulatory challenges of algorithmic decision-making

  • Navigate the changing legal environment that is shaping data law and policy

  • Compile a briefing paper assessing an aspect of the intersection between data protection and competition law

The CPD Certification Service logo This Data: Law, Policy and Regulation online certificate course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 60 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course curriculum

Study the key principles of a new legal regime for data ownership as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
SECTION I - Datafication and the law SECTION II - Regulation of and by algorithms SECTION III - Rethinking data governance
Module 1: Digitisation and its challenges for regulation Module 3: Algorithmic regulation Module 5: Property rights in data
Module 2: Data as an asset, data as a right Module 4: Algorithmic profiling under the GDPR Module 6: Dominance and data

Assess the key concepts of the data protection framework

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore topical legal debates regarding data protection, algorithmic regulation, and algorithmic profiling.

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online course is guided by LSE faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

Professor of Law, LSE Department of Law

Andrew is a professor of law with particular reference to new media and technology law, and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). His principal research interests lie in regulatory design within cyberspace, particularly the role of non-state actors, the protection and promotion of human rights within the digital environment and the promotion of proprietary interests in the digital sphere, encompassing both intellectual property rights and traditional property models. In 2018, Andrew was the special advisor to the House of Lords Communications Committee inquiry into internet regulation, “Regulating the Digital Environment”. He is a member of the Law Society’s LawTech Regulatory Action Taskforce and was a commissioner for the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission. He has written the leading textbook Information Technology Law: The Law and Society. Andrew is a recognised global expert in information technology law and regulation and has recently, along with Chris Reed, written the book Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace. Andrew leads the LSE Department of Law's Law, Technology and Society research group.


Orla Lynskey

Orla Lynskey

Associate Professor of Law, LSE Department of Law

Orla teaches and conducts research in the areas of data protection, technology regulation, digital rights, and EU law. She holds an LLB from Trinity College Dublin, an LLM in EU law from the College of Europe (Bruges) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. This PhD research has been developed into a monograph, The Foundations of EU Data Protection Law, published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in 2015. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales and worked in competition law practice in Brussels before beginning her doctoral research. She is an editor of International Data Privacy Law (OUP) and the European Law Blog, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Data Protection Law Review.

Earn a certificate from LSE

and use it to set yourself apart as you explore the role of law in the digital space.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 28 October 2020.

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