Canadian Journal of Law and Technology


Chris Reed, Andrew Murray, law and technology, cyberspace, law making challenges, jurisprudential challenges


It is a common claim that law is always catching up with technology. This is not entirely fair. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation1 (GDPR) could be viewed as a case of technology having to catch up to the law. That said, clearly there are challenges in law and in the legal profession, both in terms of how the law can adapt to changes in the digital world and the disruption of the legal profession. On the former point, there are perhaps three broad schools of thought: existing law is sufficient for adapting to new technological challenges, as it has always done; we need specific laws for the technological challenges we face, because it is a new world; and a third way of inevitable compromise between the two. In Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace by Chris Reed, Professor of Electronic Commerce Law at Queen Mary University of London, and, Andrew Murray, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics, we have an extremely valuable guide to the jurisprudential and law-making challenges as we journey deeper into the digital world. There are not only the geographical challenges of discerning the relationship between the physical and digital world, but also temporal challenges, both in terms of a constant operating environment and the tendency of law to use the rear-view mirror. This highly-readable volume navigates through the issues by combining depth in legal philosophy with sophistication and nuance in grasping technology.