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Welcome! I am teaching law at St. Petersburg State University and engaged in legal practice with the international law firm Dentons. Major part of my research is connected to virtual worlds and massive multiplayer online games (a broad field which includes Internet law, video game law, virtual law and game studies). My legal practice is focused on providing support to computer game companies. This interest derives from my passion for computer games which I consider as one of the most important cultural artifacts ever created. Please note that this blog conveys my private opinion which is not necessarily shared by any organisations I am associated with. For more formal and detailed introduction please visit my website arkhipov.info which serves more as a 'business card'.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Does Internet Lead To A Paradigm Shift In Law?

Let us assume for a moment that law can be associated with the term 'science' (which is the case of many academics of various jurisdictions). In such a case, the common features of science could be attributed to law as well, including Thomas Kuhn paradigm as the word depicting the basic assumptions of scholars.

The basic assumptions of legal scholars, which eventually affect the practice and the legislation, at least via education of the forthcoming lawyers and legislators, comprise of theoretic models of various legal institutions. These institutions imply the way the things are regulated and/or resolved in practice.

Internet challenges many basic institutions of law, for instance, jurisdiction or persona (understood as a legal abstact from an actual individual or individuals). Speaking about jurisdiction, the law cannot resolve the problem without construction of many legal fictions, which are syphilis to get rid of according to Bentham.

May it be that this and associated facts mean that the Internet leads to a paradigm shift in law, which, in its turn, may affect the basic principles as well?