Internet & E-Commerce Law (Schwartz)

Course Number
LAW 3394
Course Description

This is a perspectives course. It will cover legislation, case law and practical drafting techniques in many areas in order to better equip students in the practice of law, and at the same time invite students to reflect upon the political and social issues that arise as “cyberlaw” develops.

Subject matter of the course: the legislation, court decisions, policy debates and practical drafting and litigation techniques connected with the internet and commerce.

A variety of issues will be covered, including:

  • freedom of expression issues: jurisdiction, internet speech regulation;
  • online privacy issues;
  • intellectual property issues, including  domain names and downloading of copyright material;
  • internet commerce issues, such as the law of contracts pertaining to online contracting;
  • online dispute resolution in commerce matters, including court proceedings and arbitration;
  • the potential for digital communication and voting to be an instrument for implement Indigenous self-government, including for communities whose membership is partly resident outside of a traditional land base.

Attendance: Mandatory. More than two classes missed without reasonable excuse will result in grade penalties.

Teaching Method

The first two thirds of the course is lecture and class discussion; there will be a number of guest lecturers, and students will be expected to attend (subject to obligations in other scheduled courses) the last third, student presentations.


Paper and presentation, 100%; strong class participation can raise grade by one level (e.g., turn a strong B into a B+).

Course Materials

Lawrence Lessig, The Code 2.0; Mark Helprin, Digital Barbarians.