Internet Filtering: The Ineffectiveness Of WTO Remedies And The Availability Of Alternative Tort Remedies


Kristen A. Knapp


VOL. XXVIII • Winter 2010 • NO. 2 (table of contents)

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28 John Marshall J. of Comp. & Info. Law 273


Empirical studies have shown that government Internet filtering is increasing worldwide. Internet Service Providers have progressively begun to take on filtering responsibility in a quasi-governmental capacity. As filtering has increased, some have begun to question whether Internet filtering might violate WTO commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (“GATS Agreement”). This paper will provide technical background on how Internet filtering is accomplished in practice, and explain the GATS Agreement that was held to govern Internet filtering in the U.S.-Gambling Services decision. This paper will further survey the current range of U.S. filtering actions and detail why tort remedies are a better legal remedy than WTO law for companies affected by U.S. Internet filtering actions.

Author Footnote:

Author Kristen A. Knapp, J.D., Cum Laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 2010; B.A. Wesleyan University, 2005. I am extremely grateful to Professor Jim Speta for his guidance and advice during the research and writing process and special thanks to Kevin King for his encouragement and support.

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