Categorisation of Legal Disputes on the Internet

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The substantive law, as identified in the decided cases particularly in the US, indicates to whom a duty is owed. In Private International Law, this may cause significant problems for the courts where legislation in one country is not mirrored in another. For example, laws defining pornographic material vary widely, being significantly different from one country to another.

This was part of the lecture series World Cyberspace Law.
Many states are apprehensive that wider access to information will threaten to decentralise their effective authority. States that attempt unilaterally to assert command and control regulation, in an attempt to ensure the vivisection of cyberlife, will not serve global justice but instead participate in the conflict of law. Professor Wakefield argues that imposing restraining laws expressly within geographic borders will destroy the socially beneficial uses of the Internet, and will instead create islands of ignorance.  

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This event was on Wed, 02 Feb 2000

Gerald wakefield

Professor Gerald Wakefield

Professor of Law

Gerald Wakefield was the Gresham Professor of Law between 1998 and 2000.

Professor Wakefield is a leading expert in international telecoms law and regulation and...

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