Black letter law

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[Extract] The topic of how well the tool of black letter law works in the Internet law setting is of course huge, and associated with obvious definitional challenges. To point to but one; how ought we define “black letter law” in our present legal culture where legal rules necessarily must take account of the technical reality in which they operate? Indeed, given Wikipedia’s definition of “black letter laws” as laws that are “the well-established technical legal rules that are no longer subject to reasonable dispute,” one may legitimately question whether we can speak of any real black letter law within our field of enquiry. Fortunately, however, the panel was asked to approach only the more concrete topic identified in the description above.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLaw, Borders, and Speach
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings and Materials
EditorsDaphne Keller
Place of PublicationStanford
PublisherThe Center for Internet and Society
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017
EventLaw, Borders, and Speech - Paul Brest Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Duration: 24 Oct 201625 Oct 2016


ConferenceLaw, Borders, and Speech
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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