Summer Schools


Law in a Digitised Global Economy


This course is led by expert academics from across the University of Kent to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of changes in the legal profession. The course examines the evolving role of law in the increasingly digitised global economy. The curriculum provides the students an opportunity to explore the impact of digitised globalisation on foundational legal concepts and also regulatory frameworks within both traditional and emergent areas of law. The impact of digitisation is examined through the prism of Brexit and its effect on Sovereignty and national (UK) legal systems. In addition, the course also examines the challenge that digital innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and cryptocurrencies pose for foundational legal concepts e.g. human rights law, and regulatory frameworks of the State. The course also offers law practice-oriented students with an opportunity to explore the impact of emergent technologies such as Artificial Intelligence on the practice of law, including client advisory and judicial decision-making. Students will also examine emergent consumer protection legal frameworks that are responding to new types of digital vulnerabilities.

The course also includes a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, Whitstable, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and to London.

The Summer School will take place for three weeks from Sunday 16 June to Sunday 07 July 2019. Students arrive on Sunday 16 June for a welcome dinner and accommodation will be arranged for them to stay until Sunday 07 July 2019. Teaching takes place Monday to Friday each week.

The Law Summer School is part of the University of Kent Summer School programme. It will allow you to make lasting connections with students from around the world, studying a range of subjects but sharing your own enthusiasm. International study will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally-renowned academic excellence.

Find out what our students think of the Summer Schools on our Summer School Blog.

For additional reasons to join us, visit our Canterbury Summer Schools overview.

Dates: Sunday 16 June - Sunday 07 July 2019

Providing School: Multiple Schools

Campus: Canterbury

Credit Transfer Option:  15 Credits (150 hours of study, ECTS 7.5) for transfer purposes

Price: £2600 for three weeks. Includes tuition, accommodation, organised trips to local and London attractions, teaching materials, welcome meal, and full library access.

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Below is an overview of each of the topics covered during the Summer School. As this is a multidisciplinary course content will be delivered by a variety of specialist lecturers from across the university. The course also includes a visit to Canterbury Cathedral, Whitstable, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and to London.

Artificial Intelligence and the future of the legal profession

The deployment of Artificial Intelligence in the legal profession has resulted in the emergence of the Robo-lawyer, with capabilities for document analysis and delivery, legal advisory and case outcome prediction. The module examines the impact of AI on the legal profession, and implications for legal jobs, types of legal work and the impact on fee structures and costs. Participants will also explore the legal issues arising from the increased use of AI systems, e.g. transparency, ethics and liability.

Legal and political accountability of the automated state

The module explores the digitisation of governance, automation of the State’s administrative bureaucracy, and its impacts on legal and political accountability of the State. Participants will explore the challenges that automation of governance, e.g. through the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) present for UK Constitutional and Administrative Law.

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and finance law

Blockchain (also known as distributed ledger) is one of the key technological innovations to emerge over the last few years. The technology has been deployed in the financial sector, resulting in the emergence of alternative currencies in the form of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. This module will explore the legal implications of the emergence of cryptocurrencies within the context of finance and banking law, the challenges posed for financial regulators, and emerging legal and policy responses.

Data Protection laws and the future of the digital economy

This module explores data protection laws and outside influence, with the UK used as an example of domestic law influenced by the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It explores the GDPR as a response to the increasing digitisation of the global economy, and the opportunities and challenges that Brexit presents to the UK’s data protection law.

Consumer protection law in the digital economy

This module explores the digital vulnerabilities created by the increasing digitisation of the economy, with the UK government-led Digitisation Strategy used as an example. Participants will appreciate the unique vulnerabilities created by the digitisation of both social and economic life, and the challenges this has posed for Consumer Protection law, especially in global society. The module will also examine UK consumer protection law’s responses to these new consumer vulnerabilities.

Introdcuation to Common Law

This module introduces the system of Common Law where judicial precedent rather than statutory laws are the basis for judicial decisions.

Sovereignty, Brexit, and the transformation of the English legal system

This introductory course will explore the structure of the English Legal System against the backdrop of the withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019. Participants will get a chance to appreciate the restructuring of the sources of English Law, and the re-arrangement of the institutions of the UK government to fill in the gap of EU institutions.

Trip to Dover Castle

Dover Castle is one of the most iconic English castles, standing at the top of the famous white cliffs of Dover for nine centuries. The visit will include both the medieval castle and keep, including recently restored vivid medieval interiors, and the secret wartime tunnels buried deep within the white cliffs. See for further information.

Trip to Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. During WWII, many of the ill-fated expeditionary forces repatriated after the retreat from Dunkirk were treated at Leeds Castle, and it was also used for the rehabilitation of severely burned pilots treated at East Grinstead Hospital. Weapons research was also secretly carried out in the grounds. See for further details.


Learning and teaching

Teaching formats will include lectures, seminars and workshops.

Total number of study hours will comprise 150 hours which will include elements of independent and private study.

  • 46 hours contact time
  • 104 private study hours

Learning outcomes

By the end of this International Summer School course, you should have:

Intended specific learning outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key principles and current issues applicable to the module theme
  • demonstrate understanding of the fundamental academic theories related to current legal studies
  • analyse a current event, issue, question or problem using the theoretical, conceptual methodological and empirical skills acquired during the module

Intended generic learning outcomes

  • demonstrate aptitude in independent and higher level study
  • clearly apply academic skills such as critical analysis and research in relevant academic contexts as well as participating in academic discussion
  • exercise self-directed study and time-management consistent with research skills and onward professional career opportunities


Students will be evaluated based on the following (expressed in percentage of overall grade):

  • Portfolio analyses of each of the topics on the module (3000 words) (70%)
  • Goup presentation of 5 minutes per student of one issue analysis (30%)

Entry Requirements for the Law Summer School

The Summer Schools are primarily aimed at students currently studying at a University (Undergraduate or Postgraduate level); however, we also welcome applications from professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of International Relations by undertaking a short course such as this.

Applicants will need to demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for the study of Law through their written statement and are encouraged to highlight experience of study in relevant areas.

Applicants will also need to be confident reading, writing and discussing in English to participate in the Summer School and will have at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.

A reminder that you can apply for more than one Summer School, and also combine with our Paris and Brussels Summer Schools.


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Fees on the Law course include tuition, accommodation, teaching materials, welcome meal, and full library access. Also included are visits to Canterbury Cathedral, Whitstable, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and to London.

The final deadline for payment to secure your place on this course is Friday 28 May 2019.

Scholarship Opportunities

We have 20 x £500 Internationalisation Scholarships available for the Canterbury Summer Schools available to students not currently studying at the University of Kent. If you wish to apply for a scholarship you will need to select 'School scholarship' at application and apply by Friday 3 May 2019. We will use your Reasons to Study as part of the application form as the scholarship application. If you are a current student at another institution you may also wish to enquire about any mobility scholarships within your home institution or Government.


You must email to notify us of your withdrawal from a course as soon as you know that you will not be attending the course and before travelling to the UK. We will charge a £250 administration fee, unless there are exceptional extenuating circumstances for the withdrawal.

Accommodation details

The accommodation for this summer school is based in Park Wood flats and is offered on a self-catered basis. Students will be placed in their own double rooms equipped with en suite facilities. Check-in is after 14h00 on the first Sunday and check-out is before 10h00 on the final Sunday. All students will be offered University accommodation (included in fee), although if you wish to make alternative arrangements you can pay tuition fees only, saving £250 per two-week course.

Additional details about our accommodation is available on our Accommodation webpage.

Course information:

Please note that in order for the course to run a minimum of 6 registered students is required. Please do not make arrangements for travel until you have received your welcome and induction pack.

Getting here

You will find useful directions to the Canterbury Campus on our Directions page. Students who wish to arrange a taxi transfer from one of the London airports may wish to visit our Booking a Taxi in the UK page.



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