Special Issue "Technology, Social Media and Law"


A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Professor Jane Bailey
Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, 57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 368, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5, Canada
Website: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/jane-bailey.html
E-Mail: jbailey@uottawa.ca
Phone: +613 562 5800
Interests: societal and cultural impact of technology; gender and social media; court technology & access to justice; cyberfeminism; technology policy; privacy, equality, free expression and technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Laws, “Technology, Social Media and Law” focuses on the sometimes complex relationships between technology, social media and law, both in terms of: (i) substantive legal responses to social and cultural issues arising in connection with growing public engagement with technology and social media; and (ii) the procedural impacts and transformative potential of technology on traditional and emerging forms of dispute resolution.  Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • cyberbullying
  • online harassment
  • sexting
  • online privacy and surveillance
  • social media in the courtroom
  • online dispute resolution
  • e-discovery
  • courtroom technologies
  • social media, legal practice and professionalism

Authors working on articles exploring substantive and/or procedural issues arising in relation to technology, social media and law are encouraged to contribute to this issue.  We welcome submissions from multiple jurisdictions and are open to a variety of approaches including: analyses of civil, administrative and criminal case law, evaluations of existing and proposed statutory approaches, and examinations of related social science evidence that could inform development of both substantive and procedural legal approaches to issues arising from technology and social media.

Professor Jane Bailey
Guest Editor


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  • law
  • technology
  • social media
  • technology policy
  • court technology
  • access to justice

Published Papers (5 papers)

Laws 2014, 3(3), 410-438; doi:10.3390/laws3030410
Received: 30 April 2014; in revised form: 4 July 2014 / Accepted: 7 July 2014 / Published: 9 July 2014
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Laws 2014, 3(3), 388-409; doi:10.3390/laws3030388
Received: 12 May 2014; in revised form: 30 June 2014 / Accepted: 1 July 2014 / Published: 4 July 2014
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Laws 2014, 3(2), 353-387; doi:10.3390/laws3020353
Received: 4 May 2014; in revised form: 9 June 2014 / Accepted: 10 June 2014 / Published: 24 June 2014
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Laws 2014, 3(2), 301-326; doi:10.3390/laws3020301
Received: 5 May 2014; in revised form: 27 May 2014 / Accepted: 28 May 2014 / Published: 6 June 2014
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Laws 2014, 3(2), 220-238; doi:10.3390/laws3020220
Received: 4 May 2014; in revised form: 19 May 2014 / Accepted: 20 May 2014 / Published: 27 May 2014
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Last update: 24 October 2013

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