Harvard Law School Professor Jack Goldsmith’s book, “Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World,” received an honorable mention from Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers. Goldsmith and co-author Tim Wu were one of two honorable mentions for 2007.
In the book, Goldsmith and Wu argue that national governments will continue to maintain their sovereignty, despite the globalizing influence of the internet. E-business giants such as Yahoo, Google, and eBay need governmental support in order to function, they say. Goldsmith and Wu further assert that existing international law has the power to control the internet, if enforced.
The Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law, Goldsmith joined the HLS faculty in 2004 and is an expert in international law, national security law, and foreign relations law. Goldsmith is the author of “The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration,” which is an account of his nine month tenure in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.