Digital Solidarity and Law
The Digital Solidarity and Law Project has been developed out of a research collaboration between the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB). The concept of "solidarity" has played an especially important role in legal sociology since the writings of Emile Durkheim. The project’s aim is to reconstruct the dialogue on digital solidarity and law in the transition from industrial capitalism to digital capitalism, while focusing on the role of law in the digital society currently taking shape. The project connects this theoretical approach with practical legal issues, such as 1) Digital Property and Commons, 2) Sharing Economy and Digital Labour, 3) Digital Platforms, 4) Digital Jurisprudence and 5) Digital Comparative Law. Thanks to the seed funding provided by both UZH and FUB, the project will be able to convene workshops and to identify specific questions and issues for future joint projects.
Regulation by Law – Regulation by Technology: Constitutional Thinking in Cyberspace
The way that we experience life is unquestionably different online than offline. When
first developed, the Internet was believed to be a place free of regulation. However, this
is clearly not the case, with private parties (often cooperating with governments)
shaping digital technologies that delineate what we can or cannot do online, which can
affect our communicative freedom and privacy in cyberspace.
At the same time, there are valid business interests such as the protection of intellectual property or the freedom to conduct business.
This project aims to determine how sociolegal theory could be used to deal with the collision of public and private interests and values in the online context from a constitutional perspective.
i-call Working Papers
Due to Christoph Graber’s move to the University of Zurich in February 2015, the acronym i-call received a new meaning.
It now stands for Information ● Communication ● Art ● Law Lab.
The papers listed cover a broad range of topics related to information, communication and art law. They are the result of research conducted in the main focus areas of the chair, including legal sociology and media law.
Given the sociolegal orientation of the chair and a very broad understanding of media law, a primary focus of research is on legal implications of current societal and technological developments - such as global networks and digitalisation. Do digital technologies have regulatory effects? How should the relationship between law and technology be conceived in the Internet age? From a legal perspective, these questions often arise at the intersection of Constitutional Freedoms, Intellectual Property, Trade Liberalisation, Cultural Diversity and Data Protection.
Assuming that today's legal challenges are best met by reconsidering the very foundations of legal thinking, i-call Working Papers are eager to demonstrate how sociolegal theory could be used to achieve this goal.