Law, Borders, and Speech

Public Sessions: October 24, 2016 – free and open to the public.

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Twenty years have passed since Johnson and Post’s seminal Law and Borders article appeared in the Stanford Law Review.  Its core questions about the Internet, the rule of law, and national sovereignty remain largely unanswered. Today’s headlines and court dockets regularly highlight disputes about which countries’ laws and values will govern Internet users’ online behavior, including their free expression rights.
This event celebrates the article’s anniversary, and convenes speakers from around the world to discuss the conflicting laws governing online speech.  Topics include:
·      When can one country’s laws control speech and access to content around the world? 
·      Should some content be universally illegal?
·      Should Internet intermediaries use technical means to block access to their services in countries where users’ speech may violate the law?
·      Are some areas of law – human rights, intellectual property, or data protection, for example – uniquely entitled to cross-border enforcement?
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will be available. Written materials for CLE will be posted on the conference site before the conference.
Co-sponsored by Stanford Center for Internet and Society + Google
Location: Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University
555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305