McGeorge School of Law

Galves Wants Virtual Justice

October 15, 2008

Professor Fred Galves’ article, “ Virtual Justice as Reality: Making the Resolution of E-Commerce Disputes More Convenient, Legitimate, Efficient, and Secure,” will be the lead article in The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy’s Spring 2009 edition.

Galves’ article addresses the lack of a comprehensive online justice system for e-commerce disputes. The journal is a peer-reviewed, joint publication of the University of Illinois College of Law, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

“Adjudicating such disputes in physical brick-and-mortar courtrooms is often very expensive, time-consuming, and impractical. Personal jurisdiction and conflicts of law issues present difficult legal quagmires because an online transaction often defies physical location-based jurisprudence,” Galves said.

“The article argues for a paradigm shift away from geographical location-based lawsuits and toward using the same medium that makes e-commerce transactions possible in the first place – the internet.” Galves said. “The internet must be perceived as a safe and legitimate global marketplace, where buyers and sellers from different states or countries can have meaningful access to convenient legal enforcement mechanisms that adequately protect their legal rights and minimize their economic risks.”

Galves, who was the featured keynote speaker at the Chief Litigation Officer Summit in Indian Wells, also offers a model solution to the virtual justice dilemma in his article.