The Microsoft Ireland Case and the Cyberspace Sovereignty Trilemma. Post-Territorial Technologies and Companies Question Territorial State Sovereignty and Regulatory State Monopolies

BRUSSELS PRIVACY HUB, WORKING PAPER, VOL. 4 • N° 11 • JULY 2018

27 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2018 Last revised: 14 Mar 2020

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Paul De Hert

Free University of Brussels (VUB)- LSTS; Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Johannes Thumfart

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - LSTS, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society

Date Written: July 8, 2018

Abstract

The Microsoft Ireland case brought before the Supreme Court in 2018 and dropped the very same year has attracted attention world-wide from policymakers and scholars. This contribution focusses on two important features of the case: the conflicting and often chaotic approaches to the notion of sovereignty of many of the players and the remarkable move of a private company to trigger regulation in a world where companies, technologies, data flows and governments transgress borders with growing acceptance of the inadequacy of older territorial comprehensions of the world order.

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Keywords: Sovereignty, Territoriality, Cyberspace, Microsoft Ireland Case, Cyber Sovereignty, Internet

Suggested Citation

De Hert, Paul and Thumfart, Johannes, The Microsoft Ireland Case and the Cyberspace Sovereignty Trilemma. Post-Territorial Technologies and Companies Question Territorial State Sovereignty and Regulatory State Monopolies (July 8, 2018). BRUSSELS PRIVACY HUB, WORKING PAPER, VOL. 4 • N° 11 • JULY 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3228388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3228388

Paul De Hert (Contact Author)

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Johannes Thumfart

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - LSTS, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society ( email )

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http://www.vub.ac.be/
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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