Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law
The NRCCL was one of the first academic institutions to take up the challenges posed by information and communication technology (ICT) to law and legal research. In 1970, Professor Knut S Selmer asked his then newly appointed research assistant Jon Bing to look into the issue of “computers and law”. The first result was a seminar arranged on 16 March 1970, which the NRCCL has since set as its date of birth. The seminar resulted in various requests for research on the interaction of ICT and law – and the Department of Private Law created the NRCCL as a framework for this research.
Despite its title, the NRCCL has always been internationally oriented and actively engaged in numerous international projects and events. The NRCCL also formally cooperates with a large number of sister institutions around the globe.
Today, the NRCCL is established as one of the world's leading academic institutions in the field of ICT law. It has cutting-edge expertise in all major areas of the field. It also helps run a Master Degree programme in ICT Law for international and Norwegian students. The programme has a solid reputation and attracts post-graduate students from all over the world.
The NRCCL cooperates with researchers at its host-institution, the Department of Private Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Additionally, it houses the Section for eGovernment Studies (SeGov). The latter runs an interdisciplinary research and teaching programme at bachelor and master degree level in cooperation with three other faculties (natural science, humanities and social science).