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The Rule of Law in Cyberspace

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  • Conveys a groundbreaking approach to free speech in Cyberspace
  • Explores new forms of public and private regulation in Cyberspace
  • Examines the quality of democracy, elections and social networks

Part of the book series: Law, Governance and Technology Series (LGTS, volume 49)

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The rule of law in cyberspace currently faces serious challenges. From the democratic system to the exercise of fundamental rights, the Internet has raised a host of new issues for classic legal institutions. This book provides a valuable contribution to the fields of international, constitutional and administrative law scholarship as the three interact in cyberspace.

The respective chapters cover topics such as the notion of digital states and digital sovereignty, jurisdiction over the Internet, e-government, and artificial intelligence. The authors are eminent scholars and international experts with a profound knowledge of these topics. Particular attention is paid to the areas of digital democracy, digital media and regulation of the digital world.

The approach employed is based on a comparative perspective from Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal and Brazil. One particular focus is on how various legal systems are coping with increasing difficulties in the exercise ofdemocracy with regard to disinformation and hate speech. The roles of legislators, the judicial system and public administrations are analysed in the light of the latest cases, conflicts and technologies.

In addition to this comparative approach, the book explores the evolution of rule of law in cyberspace and the upcoming new legal regimes in the European Union and Brazil. Special care is taken to offer a critical review of both the literature and the latest legal solutions adopted and being considered regarding the regulation of cyberspace from a constitutional and administrative perspective.

Given its scope, the book will be of interest to researchers and scholars in the field of digital law whose work involves constitutional problems in cyberspace and/or practical problems concerning the regulation of social networks and online commerce.

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. The Threat of Disinformation and the Role of Social Networks

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Law, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

    Carlos Blanco de Morais

  • Supremo Tribunal Federal, Brazilian Supreme Court (STF), Brasília, Brazil

    Gilmar Ferreira Mendes

  • Faculty of Law, Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    Thomas Vesting

About the editors

Carlos Blanco de Morais holds a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon where he is Full Professor of Constitutional Law and International Public Law. He occupies various positions at the Faculty, such as Head of the Department of Public Law and Scientific Coordinator of Lisbon Public Law Research Centre(CIDP).- He is Senior Juridical Consultant of the Portuguese Council of Ministers Juridical Centre.

Gilmar Ferreira Mendes is a Justice of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) and Professor of Constitutional Law at IDP in Brazil. He holds a Ph.D. Degree from the University of Münster (Germany).

Thomas Vesting, Chair of Public Law, Law and Theory of the Media, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Associate Member Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders". 2017 Awarded honorary doctorate (IDP - Brazil).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Rule of Law in Cyberspace

  • Editors: Carlos Blanco de Morais, Gilmar Ferreira Mendes, Thomas Vesting

  • Series Title: Law, Governance and Technology Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-07376-2Published: 07 September 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-07379-3Published: 08 September 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-07377-9Published: 06 September 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2352-1902

  • Series E-ISSN: 2352-1910

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VI, 401

  • Topics: IT Law, Media Law, Intellectual Property, Public Law, Social Media

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