Few Internet law issues create a greater challenge than Internetjurisdiction, which raises the fundamental question of whose law applies toactivity that takes place online. While some experts initially hoped that theInternet might breed a new era of global legal harmonization, a closerexamination reveals that legal differences are cropping up everywhere ascountries become more assertive in ensuring that their Internet legal frameworkis consistent with national policy priorities.

For businesses operating online, the resulting melting pot of legal rulespresents some tough challenges. Internet jurisdiction — the question of whoselaw applies online — has always been identified as one of the Internet’smost challenging issues and in recent years that challenge has intensified byvirtue of competing and potentially conflicting regulations.