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2002]

AGAINST “AGAINST CYBERANARCHY”

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VI.

EFFECTS

[A] nation’s right to control events within its territory and to pro- tect its citizens permits it to regulate the local effects of extrater- ritorial acts.84

[P][P][[revailing concepts of territorial sovereignty permit a na- tion to regulate the local effects of extraterritorial conduct even if this regulation produces spillover effects in other jurisdictions[, and] . . . such spillover effects are a commonplace consequence of the unilateral application of any particular law to transnational activity in our increasingly interconnected world. 85

We live in a world of inter-connected and geographically complex causes and effects; a butterfly flapping its wings in Beijing can change weather patterns in New York, the presence of poisons in the soil in Cen- tral Asia can affect the abundance of fish in the Gulf of Mexico, a local currency trader, or bolt manufacturer, in Hong Kong can cause the crash of markets, or automobiles, in Frankfurt.

Imagine for the moment something we might call an “effects map.” To construct such a map, we mark the location of every event taking place at any specific moment, the “effects” of which will be felt in, say, Singapore. An “effects map” would look something like the familiar nighttime satel- lite images of “The Earth from Space” seen in Figure 1. Each point of light on the effects map, however, would represent not an actual source of illumination but rather the location of an event or transaction whose ef- fects were felt by some person, or institution, in Singapore.

  • 84.

    Against Cyberanarchy, supra note 2, at 1239.

  • 85.

    Id. at 1212 (emphasis added).

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