Media and Internet Law in the Netherlands

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, Belgium, Netherlands
GPA: 2.75
Program Overview

Note: This program has been canceled for summer 2023.

Immerse yourself in the land of windmills, tulips, and canals in this 5-week summer study abroad program. This program will introduce students to issues of freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, cybercrime, and copyright law, comparing the law of the United States and European Union. The program will be based in the important and historical city of Den Haag (The Hague), but we will also explore the legal institutions of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, and visit Amsterdam, Delft, and other iconic Dutch cities. The Hague is the royal capital of the Netherlands and home to international legal institutions like the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court It is an exciting and lively Dutch city less than an hour from Amsterdam and close to the beach in Scheveningen.

Students will engage in lectures and seminar-style class discussion, field trips and tours of important European legal institutions, guest lectures and discussions with local experts in European Internet law, and a variety of cultural excursions. The coursework will challenge students to compare, contrast, and think deeply about very different approaches to protecting rights and regulating communication, the Internet, and social media platforms in the US and Europe.

Program Highlights:

  • Situated in the historic city of The Hague, Netherlands, within easy reach of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, Leiden, and the rest of Holland.
  • A multi-day excursion to Brussels, Belgium, where we will tour important EU institutions, learn about the EU legal system, and have free time to explore this interesting city.
  • A canal ride by boat through a historic Dutch city.
  • Located within easy reach of Dutch castles, living history museums and working windmills (e.g., Zaanse Schans or Kinderdijk), and world-class museums (including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and the Escher in Het Paleis and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague).

Additional information about the program and the faculty leader's drop-in advising hours can be found on his personal webpage.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer TBD



Academic Details

Two courses, for a total of 8 quarter credits, will be taught in English by Professor Bryce Newell from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. Both classes will take advantage of the location in the Netherlands and focus on how US and EU law differ in their approaches to protecting free expression and the rights of the press and regulating the internet and internet-based platforms.

  • Communication Law. This course satisfies the J 385 (Communication Law) requirement for SOJC majors and elective credits for the Legal Studies minor. In this class, examine how the rights to free expression and the free press are central to democracies around the world. They define what we can say, print, or publish, as well as when we can be penalized for unprotected expression. Topics covered will include: defamation, pornography and obscenity, media regulation, and the right to access information. We also examine the boundaries of privacy, copyright, and trademark laws. Our focus is primarily on comparing US law and the American legal system with the laws and legal systems of the European Union.
  • Comparative Internet Law. This course satisfies J 431 (a "Context B" elective course) for SOJC majors and elective credits for the Legal Studies minor. This class is designed to teach students about a variety of internet-related laws and policies they will likely confront in their personal lives and professional careers. The internet has had a dramatic impact on communication, business, commercial transactions, and the control of information. Students will also receive an overview of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing communication and commercial activities conducted via the internet and online platforms in the US and European Union. Topics covered include: free speech online, privacy and surveillance, electronic contracts, domain names, copyright, trademark, computer crime, and network neutrality.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

Bryce C. Newell, PhD, JD, is Assistant Professor of Media Law and Policy in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication and Co-Director of the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN), the leading academic organization for surveillance studies scholars around the world. Professor Newell lived and worked in the Netherlands for more than two years while working as a senior (post-doctoral) researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University’s Law School (from 2015-2017). He has traveled in Europe extensively, and has a passion for exploring the history, architecture, and cultures of Europe. His research examines issues of law, technology, and media, as well as the legal and social implications of surveillance in society. At UO, Professor Newell teaches courses on media law, internet law, information policy, and cybercrime.

Housing Description
Students will stay in double or triple occupancy rooms in a local hotel. All hotels will offer free wi-fi and breakfast every morning. 

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

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