HKU: Global Information Law and Practice

Course Information – January 2020 (as of January 21, 2020)


This course examines the legal and policy issues relating to information technology (IT) from a comparative, global perspective.  It covers wide range of issues involving how national governments regulate the technology of internet and how private citizens’ rights relating to internet are protected. Issues to be canvassed include privacy and personal data, internet jurisdiction, regulation of internet marketing, issues in electronic transactions, internet governance, domain name business models and disputes, intellectual property challenges for new business models, artificial intelligence, algorithmic transparency, and platform regulation.

Each class will feature lecture and discussion on a specific topic with an emphasis on a comparative, global perspective that analyses legal, policy and regulatory approaches in Asia, North America, and Europe. Students will write a paper examining a related issue and provide the class with a short presentation on their preliminary findings.


The course grade is comprised of two parts.

1. 25% for a short class presentation on preliminary research on the final paper topic or a presentation on a relevant issue drawn from the student’s professional practice or experience. Presentations will occur during the last two days of the course.

2. 75% for a final paper on a topic related to the course. Paper topics must be approved by the professor in advance. Paper submission deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 17:00.

Class Structure

Each class will begin with a brief mini-case study modelled on the business school case study approach. Students will consider the fact pattern, briefly partner to discuss potential responses, and then engage in a class-wide discussion. The case study will be followed by a seminar/lecture format that will include lectures, discussion, and video presentations. Class powerpoints will be posted after class.

Course Outline and Readings

January 7, 2020 – 18:30 – 22:00 – Course Introduction, Internet Jurisdiction (CCT 6.24)

Part One – Course Introduction



Part Two – Jurisdiction – Which Law Applies Online



January 8, 2020- 18:30 – 22:00 – E-commerce Regulation – What Does It Mean When You Click I Agree (CCT 6.24)



January 10, 2020- 18:30 – 22:00 – Internet Governance and Domain Name Issues (CCT 6.24)

Part One – Internet Governance



Part Two – Domain Name Business and IP Issues



January 10, 2020- 18:30 – 22:00 – Privacy and Data Protection (CCT 6.24)



January 11, 2020- 9:30 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 17:00
(CCT 3.01)

Privacy and Data Protection (9:30 – 12:30)



Hot Topics (13:30 – 17:00)

Artificial Intelligence

Big Data and Algorithmic Transparency

Smart Cities

Student Presentations

Marshal Gu (China cyber-crime)

January 13, 2020- 18:30 – 22:00 – Digital Copyright (CCT 6.24)



January 14, 2020- 18:30 – 22:00 – Platform Liability and Student Presentations (CCT 6.24)



Student Presentations

Yuwen Long – Chinese Internet issues

Moonar Tsoi – online platform liability

Shing Hing Ip – Digital Services Act

Lee Man Hon

Sara Lam

Yi Huang

January 15, 2020- 18:30 – 22:00 – Student Presentations
 (CCT 6.24)

Shilei Lui – China notice and takedown

Cancy Liu – AI and copyright

Jacqueline Chan – Domain name disputes

Pam Wong – Pharmaceutical issues

Clement Chan

Xingsi Di

Peng Fan

Hilary Li

Tse Pui Shan

Yuen Hoi Man