Electronic Commerce In The European Union: Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction is one of the thorniest issues in e-commerce law. Jurisdiction can be defined as the geographical area over which a court has the power and right to exercise authority. From an international perspective, the issue is to decide when a citizen of one country or a corporation with its place of business in one country fall under the jurisdiction of the courts of another country. The European Commission has adopted a specific Regulation to deal with this issue.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What Legislation Applies to Jurisdiction in the EU?
What is the Scope of this Regulation?
What are the Main Principles Established by this Regulation?
What are the Specific Rules Applicable to Online Consumer Contracts?
What are the International Perspectives?

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