lighting, Diplomacy

Jurisdiction in the Internet era

06 November 2014 -

WMO Building, Geneva

Event description

Jurisdiction is one of the most controversial issues in the Internet governance debate: under what conditions can a court in a given country decide on an Internet-related dispute. Join us for a discussion on questions such as: How far can the application of domestic law extend in the online environment? Under what conditions can local courts claim jurisdiction to decide on Internet-related disputes? Is there (or should there be) a single legal standard for accepting jurisdiction for all types of private Internet disputes (i.e. privacy, defamation, intellectual property, etc.)? How can the online ecosystem offer solutions in order to avoid fragmentation, conflicts of jurisdiction and competition between national courts and legal systems?

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Luncheon event

Jurisdiction in the Internet era

6 November 2014, 10:00 – 13:00 CET
Venue: DiploFoundation, WMO building, 7 bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva, 2nd floor

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10:00 – 10:30 Networking coffee

10:30 – 10:45 Welcome and Introduction by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) 
and Prof. Jacques de Werra, University of Geneva

10:45 – 12:00 Presentations and debate moderated by Isabel de Sola, World Economic Forum 

  • Jurisdiction in online privacy disputes by Prof. Marko Milanovic, University of Nottingham
  • Jurisdiction in defamation disputes by Dr Michel Reymond, University of Geneva
  • Jurisdiction in Internet intellectual property disputes by Ms Eun-Joo Min, WIPO
  • Jurisdiction and inviolability of the Internet by Dr Jovan Kurbalija

12:00 – 12:15 Concluding remarks by Prof. Jacques de Werra

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch and refreshments

The Speakers' bios are available here. For background information, read the policy brief: There is a practical solution for global inviolability of the Internet root zone.

Registrations are now closed.
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