Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace

Rethinking Law series

Chris Reed, Professor of Electronic Commerce Law, Queen Mary University of London and Andrew Murray, Professor of Law, London School of Economics, UK

Cyberspace is a difficult area for lawyers and lawmakers. With no physical constraining borders, the question of who is the legitimate lawmaker for cyberspace is complex. Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace examines how laws can gain legitimacy in cyberspace and identifies the limits of the law’s authority in this space.

‘Reed and Murray have, in their own earlier work, separately emphasised the significance of legal theory to the study of Internet law – and, crucially, of Internet law to legal theory. In this thoughtful joint project, they take a fresh look at the development of cyberlaw over the last two decades, unpacking a crowded room of regulatory bodies, national governments, intermediaries, corporations, and users. They emphasise authority and legitimacy, offering a powerful critique of inaccessible rules, and propose a new focus on the reception of legal norms. This new book is both a reflection on the progress made in the field and a provocative contribution to a debate that has proven difficult for lawmakers and communities alike to resolve thus far.’
– Daithí Mac Síthigh, Queen's University Belfast, UK

‘The evolution of cyberspace regulation is creating striking challenges for traditional assumptions of jurisprudence. This innovative and incisive text provides a rich, essential exploration of these challenges and of their immense practical significance for jurisprudence specialists and cyber lawyers alike.’
– Roger Cotterrell, Queen Mary University of London, UK

2018 256 pp Hardback 978 1 78536 428 0 £72.00 £80.00 $112.50 $125.00
2020 256 pp Paperback 978 1 83910 539 5 £32.00 £25.00 $32.00 $40.00

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