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Global law will be Responsive Law, at least with regard to Cyberspace

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In this chapter, the author engages with Andrew Murray's regulatory theory of cyberspace which he derives from Actor Network Theory (ANT) and Social Network Theory (SNT). Enabled or facilitated by the use of information and communication technologies, Murray argues that communities respond and react to regulatory command and control interventions forcing authorities to consult, to adjust and to change. In cyberspace at least, the object of the law, the good to be regulated, such as copyright, becomes an active subject. Ugo Mattei's communities' activism is one of the constitutive features of Andrew Murray's architecture of responsive law in cyberspace. The point that Murray prompts is whether the communities' activisms and the responsiveness of the law that he sees at work in cyberspace can be generalised to become a general feature of global law, or whether this approach can only be developed to deal with information society issues.

Keywords: Actor Network Theory (ANT); Andrew Murray; copyright; cyberspace; global law; responsive law; Social Network Theory (SNT); Ugo Mattei



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