Workshop on "Business and human rights in the digital era"

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
· Analyzing the relevant European and international legal tools;
· Analyzing the relevant European, international and domestic case law;
· Examining the legal regime on the right to privacy and personal data protection;
· Examining the interaction between IT techniques and the protection of human rights;
· Applying the examined legal tools to the solution of case studies;
· Developing critical analysis of connected legal issues.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students should:
· Have a deep knowledge of the legal framework applicable to business and human rights in the digital era
· Be able to make autonomous evaluation connected legal issues
· Have developed the skills to apply the acquired knowledge to practical cases, disputes, corporate strategies, decision-making processes
· Have developed the related problem-solving skills
· Have acquired communication skills (written and oral), including to argue convincingly, with logical and legal thoroughness and propriety of language
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The development of business activities in the digital era can have an impact on the enjoyment of several internationally recognized human rights, especially the right to privacy and freedom of expression, as well as on the protection of personal data. Big data analysis and profilation techniques, mass collection and storage of personal data and international data transfers are practices worthy of consideration from the international and European legal perspectives. This workshop aims at examining the relevant legal instruments in this field, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR), the EU-US Privacy Shield, the case law developed by the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, so as to understand the role that States, Law Enforcement Agencies, and ICT companies are expected to play in this context. A specific attention is paid to the application of the business and human rights legal instruments and a specific focus is devoted to trade of hacking tools and to the role of block-chain techniques.

Detailed programme:
- Personal data protection, the rights to privacy and the interactions between business and human rights in the digital era
- International data transfers and the EU-US Privacy Shield
- Trade of hacking tools and the WTO legal framework
- The discipline of cyber Attacks
- Blockchain and CSR.
Prerequisites for admission
A good knowledge of international law is recommended.
Teaching methods
In order to stimulate students' active participation and problem-solving skills, the workshop (18 hours) includes lectures, case studies and presentations.
Class attendance (70%) is compulsory.
The working language is English.
Teaching Resources
A list of suggested and mandatory readings and the didactic material are uploaded on the web-page of the course, on the e-learning platform ARIEL. The detailed course programme is provided at the beginning of the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in the discussion / solution of case studies.
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 3
Lessons: 18 hours
Professor: Bonfanti Angelica
Tuesday from 15 to 17
Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law - because of coronavirus emergency, office hours are online- please contact Prof. Bonfanti by email