I&J contributed

Published on
July 20, 2018

I&J Executive Director Bertrand de La Chapelle participated in a panel discussion on "Multistakeholder norms and the role of courts in shaping Internet policy" at the Internet Governance Forum of the United States of America (IGF-USA) on July 27, 2018 in Washington DC at 12:45pm. 

The session discussed core challenges that are addressed in the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and highlighted in the Ottawa Roadmap, which was adopted by stakeholders at the 2nd Global Conference. 

The number of judicial decisions on Internet policy issues will increase as time goes on, as will the pressure on policymakers to figure out solutions to the conflict of laws in cyberspace. What role do national courts play in shaping global Internet policy? How do multistakeholder-developed norms relate to or influence judicial opinion, if at all? Can the decision of a foreign court change what we are able to access on the Internet in the US? This IGF-USA session will explore the role of courts in “the development and application…of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.”

The session was moderated by Andrew Bridges, Partner at Fenwick & West LLP. 


  • Anupam Chander, Visiting Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center
  • Bertrand De La Chapelle, Executive Director, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network (remote)
  • Emma Llansó, Director of the Free Expression Project at Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Stephen LaPorte, Legal Director, Wikimedia Foundation
  • Suzanne Wolf, Member, Board of Directors at Public Interest Registry (.ORG)