Northland Polytechnic is to offer a paper in electronic law from next February.
Subjects to be covered in the course include e-contracting, the electronic transactions bill, internet jurisdiction and liability issues, intellectual property, privacy and security and free speech in cyberspace.
Course tutor Ira Hecht says it will be the only standalone paper in the subject that he is aware of in New Zealand.
“Other institutions may teach components of e-law as part of other courses, but as far as I know there is no other course in New Zealand specialising in electronic law.”
The course will be offered as part of the polytechnic’s Diploma in Electronic Commerce, though it will also be possible to take it on its own, Hecht says. It also will be available to those who wish to take via distance learning.
Hecht says e-commerce education in New Zealand has tended to focus on technology and management, with legal and business aspects under-represented.
Hecht believes the biggest e-law issues facing New Zealand are intellectual property privacy and security in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.