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Web and E-Commerce Law


Web and E-Commerce Law


Anno accademico 2022/2023

Codice attività didattica
Prof. Maurizio Borghi (Titolare del corso)
Corso di studio
Laurea in Global Law and Transnational Studies - a Torino (D.M. 270/2004) [0707L31]
3° anno
Primo semestre
Affine o integrativo
SSD attività didattica
IUS/04 - diritto commerciale
Tipologia esame
Scritto e/o orale
Propedeutico a

Sommario insegnamento


Obiettivi formativi

The course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the web as a global marketplace in its own right. Students will acquire knowledge of the applicable legal framework to online transactions and awareness of the main policy and regulatory issues. They will be introduced to the challenges of applying legal principles of human rights, private law, informational privacy and data protection in relation to factual scenarios emerging from the latest developments of the internet.


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Regulatory mechanisms and key actors of governance in relation to the internet technical infrastructure, operative standards and content.
  • Legislative instruments and remedies to resolve controversies arising in the context of e-commerce transactions.
  • The fundamental rights and obligations that apply to processing and transfer of data within and beyond the European Union.
  • The main legal and technical instruments to control and moderate content online, including liability rules for internet intermediaries such as hosting services, social media platforms and messaging apps.

Students are expected to form their own independent judgment on the objects of understanding by:

  • Working critically with multiple sources of law (e.g., international treaties, national laws, EU regulations and directives) and judicial decisions,
  • Appropriately engage with rules of law belonging to different jurisdictions and originating in different national and international contexts.
  • Identifying major principles and trends in the regulation of key issues of the internet ecosystem.
  • Critically analysing major legal policy challenges and choices concerning e-commerce, freedom of speech and information, and rights of the individuals on the internet.


The course is divided into three parts:

1. The web as means of communication

  • Principles of internet regulation
  • Layers of internet governance: technical infrastructure, code and content
  • Actors and instruments of internet governance: ICANN, IGF and other relevant fora
  • The Internet Protocol (IP) standard and the domain name system
  • The principle of net neutrality
  • Regulation of online speech: the case of social media

2. The web as global marketplace

  • Principles of private law applicable to distance selling
  • E-commerce regulation and liability of online marketplaces
  • Legal issues of sharing economy and gig economy
  • The regulation of online advertisement
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies

3. The web as mass-surveillance instrument

  • Structure and consequences of "surveillance capitalism"
  • Algorithmic decision making in the "black box society"
  • Profiling, targeting and manipulative nudging
  • Legal regulation of artificial intelligence
  • Informational privacy and data protection

Modalità di insegnamento

Frontal lectures and seminars. Master classes with experts will also be part of the programme.


Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Oral exam. Students will give a 12 minutes presentation on a topic of their choice, followed by questions covering all parts of the course.


Attività di supporto

Class attendance is mandatory and must be followed by the study of reading material provided during the course.


Testi consigliati e bibliografia



Reading material will be posted on Moodle.

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