Submitted Proposals

Organization: Internet Governance Caucus
Title :
85. The Transboundary Internet: Jurisdiction, Control and Sovereignty
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The Internet crosses the boundaries of all nations and raises some unique transboundary jurisdictional problems. The recent case of a British citizen living in Spain, with Internet servers in the Bahamas, selling holidays to Cuba, and having his domain name impounded by a registrar located in the USA because it appeared to break the US embargo against Cuba is one recent case in point. Another landmark case was the French-US Yahoo! case in 1999 dealing with sale of nazi memorabilia, but apart from these high profile content cases there are many examples in other areas such as privacy, consumer issues, cybercrime, and intellectual property.

This workshop will discuss the many implications of competing national jurisdictions being projected into a globalized space where multiple normative sources apply, such as political, legal, technical, contractual, and behavioral regulations. Through practical case studies, this workshop will look at the implications of various approaches to resolving these issues and the implications for Internet governance, international law, national sovereignty, democracy, and human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The workshop also explores the implications for Internet governance where no structures are in place to deal with emerging issues, and how default unilateral action in the absence of structural alternatives can lead to de facto Internet governance.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.


  • Meryem Marzouki – European Digital Rights (EDRI), Europe & National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) – Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, France

  • Philippe Boillat- Council of Europe

  • James Love – Knowledge Ecology International

  • Bret Fausett – Adorno Yoss

  • William J. Drake – Centre for International Governance, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Geneva

  • Ian Peter – Ian Peter & Associates

  • Rishi Jaitly - Google's 'South Asia Government Affairs Manager'

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
  • The Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (Civil society)
  • The Council of Europe (Intergovernmental organization)
  • European Digital Rights (Civil society)
  • Knowledge Ecology International (KEI/CPTech) (Civil society)
  • Ian Peter and Associates (Private sector)

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

Yes. Expertise is being sought from various areas to provide a comprehensive coverage of issues and perspectives involved

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Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

The first and foremost need for global Internet governance arrangements comes from the global, cross-boundaries nature of the Internet. Issues with global Internet governance are not only related to critical Internet resources management, but also to the circulation of content and data and to the protection of the general communications infrastructure. Jurisdictions, control and sovereignty issues are thus at the heart of global Internet governance discussions. Given the difficulty to harmonize national legislations, and given the issue of the competence of jurisdictions, alternative methods to State regulations are more and more considered, promoted and implemented. It is the very aim of this workshop to explore and discuss these alternatives.

TA Para. 72 (b),(c),(g),(i),(k)

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List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

The Civil,Society Internet Governance Caucus and other sponsors have organized workshops at previous IGF meetings . The IGC itself organized a workshop on the 'Role and Mandate of IGF' at Rio. Members of IGC participated in several workshops at Athens and at Rio.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
Yes. The IGC itself organized a workshop on the 'Role and Mandate of IGF' at Rio. The workshop report has been submitted to the secretariat -