Civil liability for misuse of online communication through websites: An analytical study of UAE law

Iyad Mohammad Jadalhaq, Enas Mohammad Alqodsi

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This paper takes the UAE legal system as case in point to illustrate certain challenges posed for jurists by the spread of the Internet. Since it enables large-scale participatory multimedia content production, the Internet is surrounded by regulatory safeguards for ensuring its public accountability. In the UAE, the National Media Council holds responsibility for licensing media outlets, including online ones, and for overseeing content published therein. Together, legal disciplines on content, regulatory accountability frameworks and the collaborative nature of Internet content production form the context in which existing regimes, such as for civil liability (tort), call for interpretive adaptation. This is what this paper undertakes, with respect to civil liability claims for misuse of online communication through websites. A close analytical study of UAE law helps clarify how civil liability is established and apportioned between the National Media Council (vicarious liability), media outlets and individual users, alongside other findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-303
Number of pages20
JournalInformation and Communications Technology Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2 2018


  • Civil liability
  • Media regulation
  • National Media Council
  • Tort
  • UAE
  • Vicarious liability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Law


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