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The difficulty arising in wholly domestic cases in establishing special jurisdiction portends that the analysis in cross-border cases may pose still greater challenges. In the purely US domestic sphere, the cases so far decided have raised nearly as many questions as they answer. The emerging law provides some guidance, which may be followed by other countries.

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 Thu, 09 Dec 1999

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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