Global Technology and Legal Theory: Transnational Constitutionalism, Google and the European Union

1st Edition

Guilherme Cintra Guimarães

Published June 6, 2019
Reference - 214 Pages
ISBN 9780367181956 - CAT# K416319
Series: Routledge Research in International Commercial Law


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The rise and spread of the Internet has accelerated the global flows of money,

technology and information that are increasingly perceived as a challenge to the

traditional regulatory powers of nation states and the effectiveness of their constitutions.

The acceleration of these flows poses new legal and political problems

to their regulation and control, as shown by recent conflicts between Google and

the European Union (EU).


This book investigates the transnational constitutional dimension of recent

conflicts between Google and the EU in the areas of competition, taxation and

human rights. More than a simple case study, it explores how the new conflicts

originating from the worldwide expansion of the Internet economy are being dealt

with by the institutional mechanisms available at the European level. The analysis

of these conflicts exposes the tensions and contradictions between, on the one

hand, legal and political systems that are limited by territory, and, on the other

hand, the inherently global functioning of the Internet. The EU’s promising

initiatives to extend the protection of privacy in cyberspace set the stage for a

broader dialogue on constitutional problems related to the enforcement of fundamental

rights and the legitimate exercise of power that are common to different

legal orders of world society. Nevertheless, the different ways of dealing with the

competition and fiscal aspects of the conflicts with Google also indicate the same

limits that are generally attributed to the very project of European integration,

showing that the constitutionalization of the economy tends to outpace the constitutionalization

of politics.


Providing a detailed account of the unfolding of these conflicts, and their wider

consequences to the future of the Internet, this book will appeal to scholars

working in EU law, international law and constitutional law, as well as those in the

fields of political science and sociology.

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