IACL Research GroupsConstitutions in the Age of the Internet
The research group addresses a range of issues related to Internet law, European law, Constitutional law, Judicial protection of fundamental rights in the (new) digital era
We deem it necessary to start with a methodological introduction. In designing and conducting our research we will choose a bottom-up method. This seems very suitable since the theme - the new rights and the new forms of protection in the age of the Internet - is a rapidly evolving field, and as such it is susceptible to change day by day. Therefore a legal framework well tailored to this area can only be founded in a constant observation of the empirical data.
The Internet has a pervasive and growing worldwide impact on economic, social and political life. In democratic countries the debate on the Internet is focused on the basic question if the net be regulated and how.
In this context, on one hand, the first part of the project will answer to the following questions: Which authority should be vested with the power of writing the fundamental Charter of the net? Should it be an international body through an authoritative hard-law regulation, or the community of Internet ‘surfers’ through self-regulation? Or the third way of a mixed body: public and private together, as the previous mix between hard law and soft law suggests? And which basic values such a legislator would have to accept and enforce in drawing up a discipline well suited to the net?
On the other hand, the aim of the second part of the project is to answer to the following research questions. 1) How is it possible to reconcile the academic studies on Internet law with the broader debate related, on the one hand, to the multilevel protection of fundamental rights and, on the other hand, to judicial dialogue in Europe? 2) Why is such an attempt expected to have a valuable impact for a better understanding of the process of European integration through (judicial protection of) rights?
In other words the major contribution of the project in advancing the state of the art consists of bridging the gap between Internet law and European and Constitutional law by enriching the scholarship status quo related to Internet law with an innovative analysis related to the forms, models (and style) of judicial protection of fundamental rights in the (new) digital era.
General Issues on the Internet (governance; censorship and right to access to NGNs)
Freedom of Speech
Right of Privacy
Freedom of Religion
Competition and Net Neutrality
One meeting minimum per year, date and place to be defined.
The final papers written by the members of the group will be collected in a book to be published at the end of the research.
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Prof. Giovanna De Minico (
Prof. Oreste Pollicino (
Dott. Miriam Viggiano (
Dott. Marco Bassini (
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