Media Law & Free Speech (Prof. Russel L. Weaver)

This course will explore the law of free speech and the media in the 21st century, by looking at the foundations of speech rights and their applications to modern media. The Ordered Liberty Summer School on Free Speech and the Media focuses on introducing the different areas of law and the rights and freedoms affected by the shifting media landscape. Taking examples from prominent free-speech disputes of the past, the course will discuss the question of speech regulation by considering legal precedents from the United States and comparing them to the legal frameworks of freedom of speech and media in the European Union and other countries.

Performance will be evaluated based on a test.


Natural Law and Natural Rights (Prof. Luke M. Milligan)

This course surveys the contending theories about the nature of law and its relationships to moral principles, social facts and political institutions.  Readings will include Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, Locke, Blackstone, Jefferson, Lincoln, Rommen, Maritain, Kirk, and Ratzinger. 

Performance will be evaluated based on a test.


Regulatory efforts on artificial intelligence in the European Union (Associate professor Zsolt Ződi)

The course provides an overview of EU legislation on artificial intelligence. It lists documents and resolutions on AI published by the Commission, European Parliament and the High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence since the mid-2010s. There are basically two streams of regulatory efforts, programs to promote the development of the single market and AI, and efforts to manage AI risks. The course covers in detail the Artificial Intelligence Act, published at the end of April, which will be the main document of the EU's unified regulation and which is the first comprehensive regulatory tool in the world.


Regulation of new media platforms (Assistant professor Balázs Bartóki-Gönczy)

The course will involve a general overview of social media platforms’ legal and regulatory questions in the EU and in the US. A special emphasis will be given to the phenomena of fake news, to the regulation of online video and chat service providers and to the debate on net neutrality. The course aims to present how the states try to protect individual and collective rights and interests in this hardly regulated domain.