The Role of the EU in Transnational Legal Ordering
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The Role of the EU in Transnational Legal Ordering

Standards, Contracts and Codes

Edited by Marta Cantero Gamito and Hans -W. Micklitz

This book explores questions of transnational private legal theory in the context of the external dimension of EU private law. The interaction between existing theories of transnational ordering and the external reach of European Regulatory Private Law is articulated through examination of what are found to be the three major proxies of transnational private ordering: private contracts, standards and codes.
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Chapter 5: The standardization of the internet and the international harmonization of ecommerce

Gerald Spindler


This chapter presents the development of the internet, in particular the harmonization of ecommerce, and introduces some of the different actors involved. To do so, first the technical and general characteristics of the internet and ecommerce and the challenges they pose are displayed. Then the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), regulating assignment of IPv6 numbers, is presented as a striking example of internet governance. Other main aspects are the standardization of ecommerce through electronic platforms, in particular blockchain technology and the standardization of licence contracts in terms of copyright law.

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