Determining Jurisdiction in Cyberspace
17 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2006
Date Written: June 30, 2006
The rapid development of information and communication technologies has revolutionized the business practices and individual practices. Taking the lead in these technologies is the Internet. Internet is not only a means of communication and information flow but is also a medium of conducting business. E-commerce is becoming the buzzword in business circles. Like every other technology, internet has also brought certain problems with itself such as computer crimes, breach of contracts done on line, issues of pornography due to different moral standards in different countries etc. The decentralized nature of Internet usually brings parties residing in different jurisdictions in contact with each other. Due to this which court will acquire the authority to try the case in case of a contentious issue always remains a problematic question. This paper attempts to look into the concept of jurisdiction, the basic principles on which the jurisdiction is determined, what changes Internet has brought in the concept of jurisdiction, what could be the problematic issues and the appropriate remedies.
Keywords: Cyberspace, internet, jurisdiction, sovereignty
JEL Classification: K39, O39
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