Major of the Master’s Degree in Law, Digital Innovation and Sustainability

Development in the most recent technologies is having – and will continue to have – a groundbreaking effect on the management of both companies and government institutions, and in particular on the definition and application of rules required for them to work. The transformation currently underway affects fact-finding processes (that way we collect, process, evaluate and store data), decisional processes (the planning and investment of human and financial resources to reach a goal) as well as the regulations of the behaviors of various actors and the composition of  interests involved in these processes. These innovative processes require new skills: on one hand, interdisciplinary minds that are flexible and effective in a complex society, and, on the other hand, an understanding of laws, particularly supranational laws, and of interactions and negotiations between different actors.) Thus, this master’s degree in Law (taught entirely in English) addresses both digital innovation and sustainability. Today’s society and digital economy – and those of tomorrow – require not only new techniques to make use of both natural and artificial intelligence such as blockchain, algorithms or automated data processing. Also necessary is a rethinking of the strategies of social organizations and the identifying of languages, platforms and practices that can guarantee the wellbeing of people,

a representation of their needs and the composure of their interests in a future fundamentally shaped by the protection of the environment and an intelligent use of resources. The effects of climate change are now central to the public debate, and yet, our understanding of how to transition and adapt is still under-developed. Such great changes cannot but have an effect on the way we study law and organizational processes. The master’s program in Law, Digital Innovation and Sustainability equips experts in innovation – and in particular, students with a legal or managerial background – with the instruments necessary to interpret the current digital and ecological transitions in society and the economy. For students interesting in design and coding, these are the new cohabitation rules in an age of digital, technological, climactic and social change, characterized by the uncertainty of transition phases and the complexity of the challenges that they offer. To face these issues, organizations must perform proper evaluation and management of risk while implementing innovation processes. The Luiss master’s program in Law, Digital Innovation and Sustainability equips its students with these skills by offering them a solid legal background with equally strong interdisciplinary, managerial and technical knowledge.

Program Insights

The program is entirely held in English

The program explores the phenomena of technological and social innovation from a legal point of view, providing innovation experts with a crucial weapon for their arsenal. Graduates of the program, particularly those with legal or managerial backgrounds, will gain the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge (technological, organizational, financial, political) required to understand the inner workings of innovation processes. Welcome to apply for the program are those holding bachelor’s degrees in Law, followed by those with bachelor’s degrees in other social sciences (including Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Political Science, Sociology, Urban and Regional Studies, etc.) and graduates of bachelor’s programs in STEM and Life Sciences (Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Engineering, Medicine, Physics, Biology, etc.)

In the first year, all students will follow the same courses on law, economics, politics and technology. In the second year, students choose between three different tracks: Digitalization, Sustainability and an individual study plan that offers the opportunity to select courses from the other two tracks. Students also select three elective courses in the second year, offering further opportunities to personalize their studies. Pre-course leveling (economics, law, technology, language) will determine if students require additional studies before beginning the first year of courses. Labs and soft skills courses are also an integral part of the course of studies.

Study Plan

I year – 2020-2021

Governance of Innovation and Sustainability6
New Technologies and Labour Law6
Digital Ethics and Law6
Law and Policy of Innovation and Sustainability6
Economics of Innovation6
Criminal Compliance and New Technologies6
Intellectual Property Law6
Digital Transformation6

II year – 2021-2022

Management of Circular Economy6
Social and Civic Entrepreneurship6
Regulatory Innovation6
3 Elective courses18

Activities for all majors

Final project work16
3 Labs & Skills12
Total credits120
The course is subject to approval from the Ministry of Education and the study plan could change.
Job Opportunities

a) Lawyers 4.0 (legal innovation designers/engineers): legal experts of the designing and coding of the new rules of cohabitation in a phase of digital, technological, climactic and social transition who contribute to enterprise risk management and risk analysis using legal design thinking and lateral thinking.

b) Innovation or Sustainability Officers and Managers: experts without a legal background who work for large organizations and in the coordination of integrated business units who manage digital or social innovation processes with transdisciplinary abilities in system thinking, lateral thinking and legal risk management.

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