"Internet" and "Governance" are two terms that do not comfortably sit together. After nearly thirty years that the Internet was formally introduced to the general public, and more than two decades since Internet Governance emerged as a complex and multilevel legal and public policy issue, the Internet Governance debate is far from resolved. As the Internet rapidly evolves the question "who controls the Internet?" is more topical than ever. The role and place of law within the maze of actors and institutions of Internet Governance, and the future of law in an era of smart environments and IoT are far from given. Within that context, the course aims at familiarizing the students  with the complicated, yet highly interesting, Internet Governance history, followings its roots from a technical question to one of the most significant contemporary legal and policy issues. 

The course follows the development of the Internet since 1957, its peculiarities and the challenges it poses to law. After a short introduction of how the Internet emerged as a military network and developed into a major  communication network and a core infrastructure, the course focuses on the emergence of Internet Governance as a concept and the most significant challenges the Internet poses to law. It reviews the so called DNS war and the first legal battles for the legal status of the Internet, among the lines of jurisdiction and freedom of expression. Presenting the history of Internet Governance it follows the development of the Internet Governance debate, the different model suggested and the way to the current multistakeholder governance model. It highlights the crucial legal questions and some of the most noteworthy contributions by legal scholars. Thereafter, it emphasizes the different layers of Internet Governance and the multiple institutions that have a key role in governing the Internet.  After demonstrating the way the current Internet Governance model functions, focusing on key concepts such as the regulability of the Internet, Internet Exceptionalism, Law v. Cyberlaw, Technical Normativity, Code as Law, and Net Neutrality it discusses a wide variety of topical and timeless Internet Governance issues. 

Upon completing the course the students are expected to be able to discuss and have informed opinions about a wide variety of Internet Governance-related topics. More importantly, the course aims, apart from providing the students with knowledge and various insights regarding Internet and Internet Governance, to incentivise them to further study and research the field.