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Queen Mary Professor publishes a new book on internet law and jurisdiction

“Internet Jurisdiction: Law & Practice” looks at both public and private law to give a holistic view of internet jurisdiction.

Internet Jurisdiction: Law & Practice book cover with an oil painting of clouds

Internet Jurisdiction Law and Practice (OUP) is authored by Julia Hörnle, Professor of Internet Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

The internet transcends national borders like no other technology before, and data and communications flow through the internet and its manifold applications without regard for political borders or national territories. This creates real challenges for the law tackling criminal activities like hacking, cyberhate, terrorist propaganda or illegal marketplaces. Similarly, it creates challenges for civil law enforcement and providing citizens with remedies for torts such as defamation, or contractual redress.

New technologies and business models have created regulatory risks, which the law needs to address, in the areas of protecting individual privacy and autonomy, protecting children from exploitation, or protecting our democracies from disinformation and increasing polarisation. However, the law can only address these issues within national borders. The internet has created an interesting and complex set of challenges for the concept of jurisdiction and conflicts of law.

This book addresses these challenges by taking a holistic approach to jurisdiction examining private international law rules, jurisdiction and ambit of the criminal law, and jurisdiction in regulatory matters- analysing how the concept of jurisdiction should be adapted to ensure the rule of law and prevent international conflicts between states, and ultimately to preserve the effectiveness of law.

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