Legal Aspects of E-governance
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
E-valitsuse õiguslikud alused
Course title in English
Legal Aspects of E-governance
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
• To give an overview and understanding of:

- the basic principles of e-governance from the legal and legal policy aspects;
- the legal regulation areas and legislative acts of e-governance (that are linked with e-governance);
- what is the necessary regulation for e-governance, what bodies conduct it, with what instruments (laws, regulations, licenses, decisions);
- what kind of legal and legal policy changes are needed to introduce or/and develop e-governance.

• To discuss practical examples.
Brief description of the course
Overview and analyse of the legal aspects and regulations of e-governance. What is necessary to regulate with the legislation for successful introduction of e-governance? What is a good practice? How it Works? What is necessary to develop? What kind of changes are necessary?
Independent work
Independent work with lecture material, literature and legal sources. The preparation of a seminar report or an essay on a topic of legal aspects of e-governance. Case-studies (solving the tasks given by the lecturer in writing of individual and group work). Preparation for assignments.

Seminar report or an essay and case-studies must be submitted 48 hours before the seminar to Moodle or by e-mail to lecturer, if the course is not opened at Moodle.

The content of student papers formalizing guidelines must be followed.
Learning outcomes in the course
After successfully passing the subject the student

1) has an overview and understanding:
- about the main legal principles of e-governance;
- about the areas of legislation and legal acts that affect e-governance;
- about the ways how the e-governance is or should be regulated;
- is familiar with the main terminology on the subject;
2) can discuss e-governance legal issues in law and legal policy context;
3) can solve practical legal questions in the area.
Assessment methods
Written exam (open/closed questions + case analysis)
Study literature
Articles, cases and legal texts given during the course, incl: (publications)
OECD e-government studies, etc.
Reference books and articles, incl:
Mason „Revising the EU e-signatures Directive“ Communications Law 2012 (17.2)
Prins et. al. (eds) E-government and its implications for Administrative Law (Asser 2002)
Prins “E-government: A comparative study of the multiple dimensions of required regulatory change” Electronic Journal of Comparative Law (Vol. 11.3 Dec 2007)
Artiklid, kaasused ja õigusaktid, mis kursuse käigus õppejõu poolt nimetatakse, sh: (publikatsioonid)
OECD e-government studies, jt.
Artiklid jm allikad, sh:
Mason „Revising the EU e-signatures Directive“ Communications Law 2012 (17.2)
Prins et. al. (eds) E-government and its implications for Administrative Law (Asser 20