I&J convened

Published on
October 6, 2022

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network (I&JPN) hosted a webinar on Geographic Scope of Content Restrictions on Wednesday, October 19 to present the Framing Brief the I&JPN has released on the topic. The Framing Brief documents the tensions identified by different stakeholders, and will help inform future discussions.

The complex question of geographical scope of online content restrictions emphasizes the fundamental tension between the cross-border internet and territorial national laws. 

This question is relevant to all stakeholders, including individuals who post content or are affected by the posted content. Any assertion of extraterritorial jurisdiction by States is exceptional and must be subject to international laws, principles, and norms on sovereignty and comity.

With some court decisions imposing extraterritorial restrictions on online content, it is timely to discuss the question of the appropriate geographic scope of content restrictions, and identify the elements that may be helpful in further multistakeholder discussions on the subject.

The Content & Jurisdiction Contact Group has been working on the question of geographic scope of content restrictions and has extensively discussed the tensions that arise in this context.

The webinar on Geographic Scope of Content Restrictions presented the document and provided a space for Q&A.


• Moderator: Bertrand de La Chapelle, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

Greg Callus, 5RB chambers in England & Wales

Julija Kalpokiene, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network

• Wolfgang Schulz, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society