Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern Launches the Only Summer Abroad Program on International Information Technology Law September 23, 2008
Southwestern Launches the Only Summer Abroad Program on International Information Technology Law

Led by an outstanding faculty of international legal scholars, Southwestern will offer a new summer abroad program in London, England focusing on international information technology law (IT Law). The five-week curriculum at the University of London will run from June 22 through July 24, 2009.

"Information technology law is a global field, which requires an international approach," said Southwestern Professor Michael D. Scott, Director of the International Information Technology Summer Program. "This is the first summer abroad program to focus exclusively on IT law, and to provide students an opportunity to learn how IT law is developing in the United States, Europe and beyond."


Students who participate in this unique and innovative curriculum will have the opportunity to partake in academic, cultural and social experiences through courses on international and comparative IT law topics, guest lectures and related field excursions. Participating students will attend class four days per week in order to complete six units of coursework. Classes offered include: International/Comparative e-Commerce Law, International/Comparative Information Privacy Law, Drafting Technology Agreements and Current Developments in Internet law.

With over 30 years of legal experience representing high-technology clients and an extensive background in computer technology, Professor Scott is considered a pioneer in the field of high-technology law and public policy. He is the author of seven legal treatises in the field, including Scott on Multimedia Law (3d ed. 2008), Scott on Information Technology Law (3rd ed. 2007) and Scott on Outsourcing Law (2006), and has published and presented hundreds of papers on related topics at symposia around the world.

In addition to Professor Scott, several highly respected law professors and scholars will serve as program instructors, including Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law and head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London; Dr. Julia Hörnle, Lecturer in Internet Law at Queen Mary University of London; and Susan Brenner, Professor of Law at the University of Dayton.

For more information about Southwestern's International Information Technology Law Program, please contact Professor Scott.


Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London ( His publications include EDI and the Law (1989), Information Technology and the Law (1990), EDI Audit and Control (1993), Cross-border Electronic Banking (1995, 2000), Telecommunications Law Handbook (1997), E-Commerce Law and Practice in Europe (2001), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (2001, 2005) and Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007). Professor Walden has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, the European Commission, UNCTAD, UNECE and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, as well as for a number of individual states. In 1995-96, he was seconded to the European Commission, as a National Expert in electronic commerce law, and he is a member of the Legal Advisory Board to the Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission. Professor Walden has held visiting positions at the Universities of Texas and Melbourne. He is a solicitor and is of counsel to the global law firm Baker & McKenzie and is a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Internet Watch Foundation.

Dr. Julia Hörnle is a Lecturer in Internet Law at Queen Mary University of London, which she joined in May 2000. She also teaches the University of London LLM internet/cyberspace/e-commerce law courses, as well as created and teaches courses for the innovative distance learning LLM in Computer and Communications Law; taught e-commerce law for the prestigious British Council funded European Young Lawyers Scheme at the College of Law; has been invited to teach at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai and the University of Vienna; and supervises LLM and PhD dissertations in her field of expertise. Professor Hörnle is member of the UNECE expert group on Online Dispute Resolution and organized a symposium in London with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on the use of ICT in dispute resolution. This research has resulted in a book on the resolution of cross-border internet disputes which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. She has written extensively in the area of internet law and in particular on online dispute resolution, private international law issues, jurisdictional issues, regulation of the internet, intermediary liability and consumer protection. Professor Hörnle studied law and Russian language at the universities of Göttingen and Leeds, taught German language courses at the University of St. Petersburg, and gained a postgraduate diploma in European law at the College of Europe at the University of Hamburg in the same year. She passed the Legal Practice course with distinction at the College of Law in Chester and then trained with the international law firm of Eversheds, qualifying as a solicitor in 1999.

Susan Brenner is the NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology at the University of Dayton School of Law. A renowned cybercrime scholar, Professor Brenner speaks internationally and writes extensively on the topic. Her website,, was featured on NBC Nightly News. She is a member of the American Bar Association's International Cybercrime Project and has served on the National District Attorneys Association's Committee on Cybercrimes. She is also a member of the U.S. Department of Justice's National Forensic Science Technology Center Digital Evidence Project. Before joining Dayton's faculty in 1988, Professor Brenner taught at the Indiana University School of Law. She was an associate at Silets and Martin, Ltd., in Chicago, where she defended federal white-collar prosecutions and tax offenses, and at Shellow, Shellow & Glynn in Milwaukee, where she specialized in criminal defense. Professor Brenner has also clerked for two federal district court judges.