Global Internet Law in a Nutshell

Michael L. Rustad, Global Internet Law In a Nutshell, 2d ed., 2013

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 13-19

51 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2013

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Date Written: June 14, 2013


Global Internet law distills the main contours of settled Internet law, as well as areas that are still evolving. The goal is to provide the reader a succinct exposition of basic concepts and methods in diverse Internet law topics, as well as multiple perspectives on what shape the law should take. This second edition of the Nutshell expands the scope to include global developments, as well as U.S. Internet law because, since the previous edition, Internet law is less U.S. centric. One of the central themes of the book is that lawyers of the twenty-first century must master global Internet law developments to represent online businesses in a cross-border legal environment. As e-businesses use the border-defying Internet, they will increasingly become subject to foreign procedural and substantive law. The U.S. business community, for example, needs legal audits for its websites sales and services whenever it targets European consumers. Websites that collect personally identifiable information need to comply with the Data Protection Directive, even if they are not physically located in Europe. In contrast, foreign websites may be dragged into U.S.courts where they infringe the rights of U.S.users. The Internet is interconnected and transnational, challenging traditional sovereignty based upon geographic borders.

The Preface, Outline, and Chapter One are available to download here.

Suggested Citation

Rustad, Michael L., Global Internet Law in a Nutshell (June 14, 2013). Michael L. Rustad, Global Internet Law In a Nutshell, 2d ed., 2013; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 13-19. Available at SSRN:

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