The Scope of the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act: Thoughts on the Conflict of Laws
Dalloz IP/IT, Forthcoming
6 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2023
Date Written: February 22, 2023
The DSA and the DMA both define their territorial scope of application through a unilateral conflicts rule following a marketplace approach; but they remain silent on any other question of private international law. This paper will explain why this provides an unsatisfactory answer to the many problems arising out of the inevitable overlaps of national laws in the digital space, including in areas that will soon be governed by the two new regulations. While this approach appears to be part of a wider trend to delegate any question of private international law other than the definition of an instrument’s territorial scope to the general instruments that exist in that area, this paper will argue that a true ‘Digital Single Market’ can only be achieved by addressing the specific challenges it raises for private international law through multilateral conflicts rules.
Keywords: Private International Law, Conflict of Laws, Digital Single Market, DSA, Digital Services Act, DMA, Digital Markets Act
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