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EU Law Beyond EU BordersThe Extraterritorial Reach of EU Law$
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Marise Cremona and Joanne Scott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198842170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198842170.001.0001

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The Internet and the Global Reach of EU Law

The Internet and the Global Reach of EU Law

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EU Law Beyond EU Borders

Christopher Kuner

Oxford University Press

The internet has had a significant influence on how EU law applies beyond EU borders, and has enabled the EU to extend the application of its fundamental values to third countries. There are many examples of the EU exerting its global reach regarding the internet, particularly in data protection and privacy law. The EU’s actions in exercising its global reach with regard to the internet implicate important normative issues, such as distinguishing between the furtherance of core EU legal values and the advancement of the EU’s political interests; promoting the principles of EU law as universal values; ensuring that EU legal values are upheld in practice; and determining the territorial boundaries of EU law. The influence exercised by the EU carries responsibilities towards third countries, particularly those in the developing world. The internet may itself also be influencing EU law.

Keywords:   internet governance, legal conflict, data protection, privacy, EU law, global reach, jurisdiction

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