Internet Co-regulation: European Law, Regulatory Governance and Legitimacy in Cyberspace

Internet Co-regulation: European Law, Regulatory Governance and Legitimacy in Cyberspace

By: Christopher T. Marsden (author)Hardback

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Chris Marsden argues that co-regulation is the defining feature of the Internet in Europe. Co-regulation offers the state a route back into questions of legitimacy, governance and human rights, thereby opening up more interesting conversations than a static no-regulation versus state regulation binary choice. The basis for the argument is empirical investigation, based on a multi-year, European Commission-funded study and is further reinforced by the direction of travel in European and English law and policy, including the Digital Economy Act 2010. He places Internet regulation within the regulatory mainstream, as an advanced technocratic form of self- and co-regulation which requires governance reform to address a growing constitutional legitimacy gap. The literature review, case studies and analysis shed a welcome light on policymaking at the centre of Internet regulation in Brussels, London and Washington, revealing the extent to which states, firms and, increasingly, citizens are developing a new type of regulatory bargain.

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Christopher T. Marsden LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D. is Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex (2007-). In addition to this book, he is author of Net Neutrality: Towards a Co-regulatory Solution (2010) and three other edited or co-authored books. His research concerns socio-legal regulation, internet law and policy, and has appeared in peer-reviewed articles and reports for the European Commission, European governments, the OSCE and the Council of Europe, and national regulators and foundations. (See for more information). He was senior analyst, RAND Europe (2005-7), Lecturer at Warwick University (1997-2000) and a regulatory director/general counsel at ISPs and start-ups between 2000 and 2003. He was Research Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School (1999), Industrial Policy Fellow at the Cambridge University Computer Lab (2006-8) and has been a visiting fellow at law schools in the UK, US, Japan and Australia.


1. States, firms and legitimacy of regulation; 2. Internet co-regulation and constitutionalism; 3. Self-organisation and social networks; 4. Standards, domain names and government; 5. Content regulation and the internet; 6. Private ISP censorship; 7. Analyzing case studies; 8. Internet co-regulation as part of the broader regulatory debate.

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/08/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781107003484
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 310
  • ID: 9781107003484
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1107003482

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