Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 201200039
Smart rules & regimes
Course infoSchedule
Course module201200039
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. M.A. Heldeweg
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. M.A. Heldeweg
prof.dr. M.A. Heldeweg
dr. D. Lee
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes

  1. to understand the main regulatory strategies and instruments concerning enhancement of technological innovation, particularly in early/experimental stages.
  2. to be able to critically reflect on these strategies & instruments.
  3. to apply the key regulatory strategies & instruments in terms of a design perspective on a given technological innovation.

  1. This course is about how regulation, especially regulatory strategies and legal regimes, can foster (design, experimentation and implementation of) technological innovation, particularly in the field of robotics development and use ( – while not ignoring possible risks.
  2. The iterative relationship between (particularly early stage) technology development and regulatory development will be key to the course.
  3. Specific topics will be:
    • the design of legal/regulatory regimes for experimenting with new robotics developments and uses (such as in sequentially up-scaling)
    • the design of ‘future proof regulation’, that allows more liberties to innovation in robotics (such as a go-ahead without ex ante permissions and the use of private regulation).
    • the possibility for ‘designing-in’ regulation or techno-regulation.
    • developing a tool to link robotics impact assessment to regulatory impact assessment.
    • robots regulating humans and other robots.
EXAMINATION: Individual or group assignment to write a paper (a group assignment only when there are 8 or more participants)
Only if the grade for the assignment is below 7, may an attempt be made to improve, but the attempt cannot lead to a new grade above 7.
Participating study
Master Public Administration
Required materials
Course material
Loose texts (mainly journal articles) - all texts as listed on Canvas are of a compulsory nature.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


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