Law and Global Society

Internet, Migration and Climate Change

Internet, Migration and Climate Change

Globalisation impacts the way we live. We meet different people, learn about diverse cultures, and internet facilitates world-wide communication and information exchange. Law traditionally focuses on nation states, but topics like migration, internet, climate, and terrorism do not stop at the border. Quite the contrary. The objective of this minor is to become aware of the fact that many societal issues ask for a transboundary approach to law.

The minor explores the role of law in defining and resolving social issues concerning the globalisation of societies. Central topics are migration (transnational movement), internet (transnational communications) and climate change (transnational action). 
This minor offers students insight in questions, such as: 
  • Why transnational issues are not suited for unilateral, national actions
  • What states can do within international law (such as European Union law)
  • The ways in which states are currently responding to these issues
  • The criticism of the current actions and regulations
  • Future perspectives
After completing this minor, the student has knowledge of the core of the legislation concerning the three topics, has gained insight in the most important critique and analysis of this legislation (from a legal, policy-orientated, sociological, anthropological and/or philosophical perspective), and is capable of critically judging proposed changes. For each of the topics the student knows which actors play a role in making rules and policy, how states work together (or not), the consequences of this (lack of) cooperation and the future perspective for transnational regulations in migrations, climate change and internet. Knowledge of these ‘case studies’ and the theory involved also enables student to independently reflect on other areas of transnational problems, such as security. 

Human Rights and Citizenship
Human Rights and Citizenship analyses the multi-faceted and changing character of citizenship and nationality, discusses the relevance of citizenship for human rights protection and critically engages with the concept of ‘integration’. 

Human Rights and the Border
Human Rights and the Border highlights the changing character of borders and identifies different categories of ‘migrants’ created by the law.

Internet Governance
Internet Governance focuses on the legal, practical and political obstacles to regulation of the internet, and the challenges which its cross-border nature creates for individual states, especially given the evolution of threats to cyber security.

Climate Change Law
Climate Change Law discusses existing laws relevant to the causation and management of climate change, and the actors involved in making and enforcing these laws. 

The program is concluded with two Current Isssues courses, in Migration (research-based) and Transnational law (legal analysis-based). Students can also choose to substitute course in Human Rights and Citizenship with the Street Law course where they would be teaching law at the secondary schools.

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

Students from all faculties of VU University and of other universities can apply for this minor, if they have obtained 90 EC. For student from the faculty of Law this requirement doesn’t apply.
VU students can register through VUnet.

Please see the application procedure for more information.

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact 

M.E. Jozwiak |

Overview Law and Global Society




1 semester (30 EC)


1 september


Economics, Business and Law
Behavioural and Social Sciences