European citizens' DP, DG and cybersecurity: trade secrets, industrial and critical infrastructure security in Eu

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The Course has the specific purpose of giving students:
· a thorough knowledge of the topics covered by the course, both from a technical and legal point of view, on the assumption of the acquisition of the first basic elements during the previous university career;
· the ability to critically address issues and resolve legal issues through the revision of the concepts learned;
· strengthening the technical and IT language relevant to the subject;
· the ability to link the different topics in order to elaborate useful proposals for the solution of concrete cases, also through casuistic cutting lessons carried out with the active participation of the students.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student who has successfully learned the subject will have an in-depth knowledge of the topics of the course, with the acquisition of a reasoning method suitable for dealing with more specific and complex IT-legal subjects with respect to institutional notions.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The Course aims to provide students with a complete knowledge of the main issues related to data governance at European level.
· First lesson (2 hours): The concept of data and cybersecurity.
· Second lesson (2 hours): Trade secrets and their protection.
· Third lesson (2 hours): Industrial secrets in the digital society
· Fourth lesson (2 hours): confidentiality agreements.
· Fifth lesson (2 hours): secrecy vs. transparency.
· Sixth lesson (2 hours): the strategies of the European Union for cybersecurity.
· Seventh lesson (2 hours): public infrastructures and their protection
· Eighth lesson (2 hours): the future of the legal aspects of cybersecurity.
· Ninth lesson (2 hours): digitized banking transactions.
· Tenth lesson (2 hours): cryptocurrencies and DLT technology.
· Eleventh lesson (2 hours): Consumer protection in the European IT services market.
· Twelfth lesson (2 hours): whistleblowing, leaking and legal issues.
· Thirteenth lesson (2 hours): Electronic transactions and legal security
· Fourteenth lesson (2 hours): Contracts and consumer protection in the digital society
· Fifteenth lesson (2 hours): The Directive about the European Network Infrastructure
· Sixteenth lesson (2 hours): unfair competition in the digital world and the European Union regulation
· Seventeenth lesson (2 hours): competition and digital platform's responsibilities
· Eighteenth lesson (2 hours): information warfare and attacks to critical infrastructures
· Nineteenth lesson (2 hours): the cybercrimes legal framework in Europe
· Twentieth lesson (2 hours): Council of Europe's activities in the regulation of the digital society and computer crimes
· Twenty-first lesson (2 hours): Computer Security Emergency Response Teams in Europe and their activities
· Twenty-second lesson (2 hours): GDPR and the processing of criminal data
· Twenty-third lesson (2 hours): GDPR and the regulation of non-personal data
· Twenty-fourth lesson (2 hours): GDPR and data secrets
Prerequisites for admission
There are no particular pre-requisites for adequately addressing the contents of the course. The first lessons are, in fact, dedicated to an introduction to the themes that can guarantee a basic preparation for the whole class.
Teaching methods
The Course consists of 40 hours of classroom lessons held by the Professor.
Teaching Resources
The material to be studied is open access, freely accessible by students from the course website (
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam takes place orally in the exam session, with a question consisting of at least three questions on three different parts of the program. At the end of the course, it is possibile for the student who attended at least 75% of the lesson hours to have the exam in the form of an essay or a Multiple Choice test with 30 multiple choice questions, depending on the student's preferences
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Ziccardi Giovanni