Summer School on Technical Standards

1st European Summer School on Technical Standards and the Law




Course period: 17 July - 26 July 2017


Tilburg University, the Netherlands


Course leaders: prof. dr. C. (Kees) Stuurman; Irene Kamara LL.M, MSc; Jingze Li LL.M




Course aims


•Provide solid knowledge of the EU and international standardization landscape.

•Analyze the EU legislation related to standardization including the New Approach and the Regulation 1025/2012.

•Deepen knowledge on legal nature of technical standards and relation to other instruments (certification, codes of conduct).

•Critically assess contemporary issues (copyright, patent, competition, personal data protection …) relating to standardization activity in the EU.

•Identify uses of standardization as a tool for supporting Union legislation, policies and innovation.

•Unite standardization experts, academics and the industry.


Course information


Technical standards are used daily by businesses, industries, authorities and individuals. Implementing standards may provide businesses and industries advantages over their competitors. For instance, Android and IOS are standardized platforms. Standards may also benefit individuals, as they provide transparency on the methods, processes and quality management of businesses.


Standards are developed for a range of topics such as information security, product safety, social responsibility, privacy, cloud computing and drones. For those who want to understand limitations and possibilities of emerging technologies in our techno-driven society, the understanding of dynamics of technical standardization and its complex legal aspects is highly relevant.


This course will start with an introduction to the world of standards, standards-setting processes and governance. In-depth analyses of various legal issues will follow, such as standard-essential patents, copyright protection of technical standards and data privacy standards. The course will include both frontal teaching and interactive teaching. Students will participate in case studies and working sessions in groups. Part of the program is a field trip, during which students will discuss with experts working in the field of standardization.

The main focus of the course is on the European legal and policy approach towards technical standardization, but international standardization will also be discussed, such as ISO (International Organization for Standardisation) and W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). The lectures will be provided by the course leaders and guest lecturers from academia and practice.


Course materials


•Danish Standards Foundation (2015) “A world built on standards. A textbook for higher education”, 1st edition, ISBN: 978-87-7310-963-2 (free online download)

•A reader with course materials will be provided by the university.

•The links to download Book and Readers will be available to the students admitted to the Course.


Course specifics


The course is targeted to persons interested in legal issues in standardization. Participants may have legal, technical, or business background. Proficient knowledge of English is necessary.


Requirements to obtain an attestation of attendance are the following: minimum attendance of 85% of course activities, active participation during the lectures, participation in working sessions, and 10-15min presentation on a topic relevant to the summer course material, in the end of the summer course. Such attestation might also be a basis for obtaining ECTS.


Application & Registration


Students, researchers and practitioners of all fields are welcome to join the course. Applications must contain a CV and a motivation letter describing why an applicant would like to participate in the course. Both the CV and the letter form the basis for the selection of applicants.

Registration is open now! Please go to the registration page to subscribe. Your registration for Tilburg University Summer School must be completed by May 31st, 2017. Note that the Early Bird application deadline is March 30th, 2017.


In your application, please pay attention to the following:


•Please note that this course requires additional documents, please have them ready before you enter the registration page.

•Register via the Tilburg University Summer School registration page.

•Fill in your personal information during step 1-6.

•Upload your resume and your letter of motivation as a PDF file in step 7.

•Once you have completed your registration (click “save”), the course coordinator will evaluate the information.

•You will receive information about whether you are accepted as a participant within 2-3 working days.

•Upon acceptance, your registration will be approved and you will be notified via e-mail with instructions concerning the payment of the course fee (iDEAL or creditcard).

•Your registration will only be finalized after we have received your payment.

Please note that Tilburg University reserves the right to cancel the course in case fewer than 10 students sign up for the course. The maximum number of participants is 30, there will be a waiting list available if the course is full.




All admitted participants are expected to pay a course fee of €750.

•Early bird applications by 30 March 2017: discount 10%, TiU students (current/future/alumni): 15%. Combination of discounts is not possible.

•The course fee covers the participation of the lectures of the course, reading material (which will be provided electronically), welcome & farewell drinks, train tickets for the field trip, and marketing and organizational fees for Tilburg University Summer School.

•Scholarships are not available.




•The course fee does not include accommodation.

•Tilburg University Summer School recommends you book a room with the Student Housing company directly. If you wish to do so, you can indicate this during your registration.


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