This Executive Certificate in Cyber & Security Law is designed for practicing attorneys interested in specializing and expanding their expertise in an emerging area. Online students participate live (synchronously) in each class for 75% of class sessions, unless obtaining a waiver from the faculty member teaching course and the program director. The remaining 25% of class time may be viewed via class recordings, giving students flexibility along with a valuable classroom experience.
Cyber law (or Cyberlaw) is the study of the relationship of technological and electronic elements - including computers, software, hardware and information systems - to the law. Cyber law encompasses commercial industries and private company data as well as a vast number of military operations. From the Target hack, to cloud storage, to cyber warfare, the law interacts with technology in every practical way. Attorneys who specialize in cyber law are on the cutting edge of what has been called “The Wild West” as regulation and policy lag behind advancements in technology.
This certificate is open to those who already have a J.D. or a foreign law degree. Additionally, there is a strong preference for applicants to have a minimum of three years prior legal experience. Students enrolled in this certificate program, prior to completion of the certificate, may apply to transfer into the L.L.M. degree (also listed on this site).
Professor Von der Dunk has served as adviser to numerous foreign governments and governmental organizations including the United Nations and the European Space Agency. His areas of expertise include aviation law, international law and space, cyber & telecommunications law. His many accolades include the Distinguished Service Award of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Social Science Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).
A Juris Doctorate or foreign law degree is required
Course Number: LAW 640/G
This course is required unless waived by director due to experience in or prior study of international law. This course is intended to build upon and expand students understanding of international law garnered in the mandatory 1L course. The first third of the course delves in great depth into the relationship between international agreements and the US legal system as well as international law governing treaties, thus building on what all students learned in the 1L mandatory course. The latter two-thirds of the course examines specialty areas of international law as “case studies” in which to apply the tools learned in the first third of the course but also to begin learning important substantive rules within the specialty areas of international law. Specialty areas in which mock exercises are conducted included international investment law, international trade law, international family law, international space law, and international human rights law. Mock exercises have students involved in international negotiations, litigation, and inter-agency meetings. The course also spends a week critically examining recent international law cases within the US Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. This course is available to online LL.M. students.
Course Number: LAW 681/G
This course will explore a range of legal issues in cyber domain, including cyber security, cyber-bullying and online harassment, privacy, network ownership and access, private versus public regulation of cyberspace, speech in cyberspace, content as property and intellectual property in cyberspace, jurisdiction over cyberspace activities, liability of intermediaries, state and local regulation of cyberspace, and the interrelationship between technology and law as mechanisms of regulation. Grades will primarily be based on one final exam. This course is available to online LL.M. students
|Spectrum Management Law & Policy||1|
Course Number: LAW 724
This course provides an overview of the law and policy governing spectrum management in the United States. Broad coverage includes spectrum allocation and domestic assignment, the FCC/NITA jurisdictional split, and Title III of the Communications Act. Specific coverage includes spectrum auctions, the debate over licensed and unlicensed spectrum use, and issues related to licensing satellite spectrum for use in the U.S. This course is available to online LL.M. students.
|International Cyber Security: Mischief, Crime & Warfare||3|
Course Number: LAW 756/G
This course examines international legal issues related to emerging conflicts in cyberspace and explores threats to international cyber security posed by a wide range of hostile cyber acts, from damaging cyber mischief and crime to cyber warfare. The primary focus of the course is on the legal frameworks that may apply to hostile acts in cyber space, including the domestic criminal laws of states, international law, and particularly the law of armed conflict. The course compares various forms of cybercrime with state-sponsored efforts to disrupt, deny, degrade or destroy information in computer networks and systems, explores private and governmental roles in cyberspace, and assesses the appropriate legal responses to increasingly diverse state-sponsored military and intelligence operations in cyberspace, including those related to data exploitation, espionage and sabotage. This course is available to online LLM students.
|International Satellite Communications Law||1|
Course Number: LAW 784
The branch of space law which is focused most on practical and commercial applications without a doubt is the satellite communications sector. The present class will address the specific legal regimes dealing with satellite communications law in particular at the international level. Thus, it will address the role of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in allocating, allotting and assigning frequency spectrum and orbital slots/orbits, and the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in regulating the international trade in satellite communication services. Also, the unique roles of the international satellite organizations INTELSAT and INMARSAT, especially since their transition to privatized companies kicked off, will be addressed. Finally, other, more regional developments in the USA, Europe and elsewhere will be briefly touched upon. This course is available to online LL.M. students.
|European Union Law & European Regulation of Space & Telecommunications||2 credits combined|
Course Number: LAW 786/G
This course deals with two inter-related topics. The first relates to the interaction between the EU and the European Space Agency in particular in the development of European space activities and policies, with due attention to such other players as EUTELSAT and EUMETSAT, up to and including the discussions on their institutional integration. Also the development of such trans-European space projects as Galileo and GMES projects will pass scrutiny. The second deals with the way in which the EU has, since roughly 20 years, started to apply its general legislative and regulatory competencies in the area of the most prominent sector of commercial space which is satellite communications, as a key are within the larger area of telecommunications. Here, the gradual development of an Internal Market for satcom services will provide the focal point. Pre-requisite: Introduction to European Community Law This course is available to online LL.M. students.
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.