As the world's societies and economies become more dependent on computer data and networks to operate, Internet- and computer-related crime has exploded. Crimes such as phishing and other on-line identity theft and bank fraud, child pornography, computer hacking, network attacks through viruses and other "malware," and economic espionage and intellectual property offenses are all on the rise. And issues related to Internet surveillance, privacy rights, and the Patriot Act are increasingly the subject of public debate.

This seminar will explore the numerous, varied, and often cutting-edge legal issues confronting judges, legislators, and lawyers in this relatively new and fast-moving area. In particular, we will consider such broad questions as: how crimes in cyber-space challenge traditional, physically-oriented, approaches to investigation and prosecution; what conduct should be considered criminal in the digital realm; the adequacy and propriety of the federal approach to computer misuse crimes and other cyber-crimes; the causes and consequences of the increased attention and resources dedicated to computer crimes; and how the Fourth Amendment applies, and should apply, in cyber-space. Throughout the seminar, we will explore and incorporate international approaches to the issues under discussion because the digital world, and thus the field, is inherently global. The goal of the seminar is to provide students with a strong grounding in the broad range of applicable cyber-crimes and the issues surrounding these laws, as well as to provoke a re-consideration and deeper understanding of some of the central questions in the field.

Credits: 2

Type: SEM

Does this course satisfy the writing requirement? Yes

Does this course satisfy the skills requirement? No

Pre-requisites: Criminal Law

Additional information: Ffamiliarity with Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and also the Internet, will be helpful.