Law & Technology
Welcome to the beating heart of Start-Up Nation! Do you have a memory stick? Flash memory was invented a few buildings away from our law school, at the Faculty of Engineering at TAU. Do you use online banking? Your bank probably uses a firewall invented in Israel. Does your car have MobilEye installed? That too, was developed nearby, in Jerusalem. There is a reason why Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Intel, HP and other global hi-tech companies have established research centers in Israel. We are in the midst of an information revolution, with Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and a mobile revolution converging. Our Law & Technology track focuses on the interface of law and technology. The track offers courses on Intellectual Property (IP), cyber and information law, and other related issues.
To complete your specialization in Law & Technology track, you must take at least 14-15 credits of the LL.M.’s 32 required credits, from courses within the Law & Technology track, but you are more than welcome to take as many courses as you see fit – and of course, that fit your schedule. You can focus on IP or on Information Law, or mix both. You can also choose to take courses from other tracks, in addition to general elective courses.
The professors and courses refer to the 2020-2021 academic year - please be aware that due to Covid-19 courses and professors are subject to change at any time.
Please note, courses and professors change each year.
Intellectual Property. If you wish to delve into the world of patents, copyright, trade secrets and other IP fields, you will be able to take Introduction to IP, co-taught by two leading Israeli specialists, Adv. Tony Greenman, who will make sure you know the fundamentals of copyright law, and Adv. Sarit Erez, who will bring her expertise in patent law. In the Spring Semester, you can study International IP law with Prof.. Amir Khoury (TAU Law), and a practical business course on Licensing of IP, taught by Adv. David Mirchin. Prof. Steve Zipperstein (UCLA) will teach Advanced Technology and the Law. and Prof. Niva Elkin-Koren will teach a course on Digital Copyrights. A course on Start Up Law will be taught by Dr. Ayal Shenhav & Adv. Gal Hoffman (GKH Law Office).
Information/Cyber Law. The second leg of the track is information and cyber law. The introductory course, Information Technology Law, is taught in seminar format by the program’s former academic director, Prof. Michael Birnhack. The seminar is composed of classes, student lectures, and ultimately, your own original research work. The Law & Information Technology Workshop is a unique format to TAU Law, taught by Prof. Michael Birnhack (TAU Law) and Prof. Assaf Jacob (IDC Law). The workshop enables scholars and students to engage directly on academic works in progress: our guests will discuss the papers they are working on, eager for student’s feedback. You can also study with Prof. Ari Ezra Waldman (Northeastern University) a course on Digital Civil Rights.