Law and Cyberspace

Hukim is a journal published (in Hebrew) by the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, dedicated to commentaries on existing or proposed legislation; proposals for new legislation; and discussions on the process of legislating and its role as part of the web of regulations. 

The goal of the journal is to enrich and promote the academic discourse on these issues, and to strengthen the relationship between theoretical academic writings and their practical application in the context of legislation.
Hukim has a student editorial board. All the manuscripts the journal receives are reviewed anonymously by the editorial board and are additionally subject to a peer-review. 

Volume 10 of the journal will be dedicated to “Law and the Cyberspace”. The journal is a joint project of Hukim, The Harry and Michael Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative and the CyberNudge project.
Volume 10 is intended to include articles discussing the cyberspace created following the rapid growth of the exposure to computers and media. Alongside the many possibilities entailed in this sphere, which enables many people to meet each other, express their opinions and engage in business or cultural activities, the cyberspace also entails legal challenges, due to the unique characteristics of the violations of the legal norms, which take place in it. The articles due to be published in this volume will examine the new challenges that the cyberspace creates, from normative, comparative and empirical angles, as well as other theoretical perspectives.

This volume will discuss two law memoranda pertinent to the topic of the volume. The first is the Copyright memorandum, published by the Ministry of Justice in September 2016, which wishes to change the Copyright Law from 2007, inter alia, by expanding the toolkit available to copyright owners and government authorities, whilst dealing with violations taking place in the internet.  The second is the "Removal of Illegal Content from the Internet - 2016" memorandum, published by the Ministry of Justice in August 2016, according to which the court shall be given the authority to order the removal of content from the internet, if it violates criminal law, and causes real danger to the security of a person, the public or the state. The volume is not, of course, limited to these two law memoranda.

Six of the writers of the articles intended to be published in this volume received scholarships from the Sacher Institute and the Cyber Center:

1. Michal Lavi  Meeting The Challenges Of Spreading False Rumors On Social Networks

2. Asaf Lubin – Hacking in the Fight Against Terrorism: Israeli, Comparative, and International Perspectives

3. Eldar Haber – The Criminalization of Copyright in Israeli Law

4. Maayan Perl & Niva Elkin-Koren – Obstruction Orders: Enforcement Behind the Algorithmic Screen Following a Copyright Law. Memorandum, 2016, will the proposed arrangement and its expected implementation allow sufficient public supervision?

5. Ronit Dunietz-Kedar and Shelly Kreitzer-Levy  "If It's Free, You're the Product": Against the Permission of Profiles on Social Networks

6. Anat Lior The Application of the Provisions of the "Law for the Removal of Content that Constitutes an Offense From the Internet" on the Phenomenon of Cyberbullying