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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Professor Julia Hörnle's Inaugural Lecture 'Unclaimed Territories in the Clouds: Where are the Limits to Internet Jurisdiction?'

24 February 2016

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, The People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

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The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is pleased to announce the official Inaugural Lecture of Professor Julia Hörnle.

Professor Hörnle will speak about "Unclaimed Territories in the Clouds: Where are the Limits to Internet Jurisdiction?"


The lecture will capture the conflicts of law created by the internet and, most recently, the adoption of cloud computing. 

The internet has enabled unhindered data flows across borders and cloud computing essentially enables the remote processing and storage of vast quantities of data. These technologies fundamentally conflict with laws' conventional understanding of jurisdiction and the limitation of a state's power to its territory. The lecture will pinpoint this fundamental conflict with examples from different areas of law: online consumer protection; regulatory conflicts over online gambling; law enforcement's powers to access foreign data for investigating (cyber-) crime and the regulation of on-demand internet videos (porn and hate) and indicate some solutions to these conflicts of law.


Julia Hörnle joined Queen Mary University of London in 2000 and is a Professor of Internet Law.

Julia Hörnle has taught and researched internet law since 2001, after having worked as a solicitor. She has published over 60 Articles and three books (see E-commerce Law and Practice in Europe; Cross-border Internet Dispute Resolution and Cross-border Online Gambling: Law & Practice). She has taught internationally, at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, the University of Vienna, the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University and at the Attorney General’s Chambers in Singapore. Julia speaks regularly at international conferences and has appeared on National Media (BBC Radio 4’s Law in Action Programme; Woman’s Hour; Sky News). She was a Board Member of the co-regulator for TV on demand 2010-2014. She is also the Managing Editor of IJLIT (Oxford University Press) and acts as expert for ODR (Council of Europe).

How to book

This is a free event, but prior registration is required via Eventbrite


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