Meta’s Oversight Board and transnational hybrid adjudication – What consequences for international law?

Gulati, Rishi (2023) Meta’s Oversight Board and transnational hybrid adjudication – What consequences for international law? German Law Journal, 24 (3). pp. 473-493. ISSN 2071-8322

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Meta, formerly the Facebook Company, faces immense pressure from users, governments, and civil society to act transparently and with accountability. Responding to such calls, in 2018, it announced plans to create an independent oversight body to review content decisions. Such a forum is now in place in the form of the Oversight Board. To Meta’s credit, the speed at which the Oversight Board has been established is remarkable. Within two years, a global consultation process was completed with input obtained from users as well as experts, the regulatory infrastructure for the Oversight Board built, its members selected, and the first decisions of the Board already rendered in January 2021. With its institutional structure in place, and plenty of resources to tap into, the Oversight Board could have a real effect on how some transnational disputes are resolved. Thus, the Oversight Board may very well be setting the direction for how tech companies in particular, and multinational corporations in general, go about providing grievance mechanisms to individuals who their actions adversely affect. Through a study of the Oversight Board, this article considers whether we are witnessing the birth of a special type of “transnational hybrid adjudication” that could have a systemic impact on international law, or an experiment with limited relevance.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Statement: No specific funding has been declared in relation to this article. Author’s Note: This article was primarily written in 2021. To the extent possible, more recent information was incorporated at the editing stage. The author thanks Dana Burchardt and the anonymous referees for their comments.
Uncontrolled Keywords: meta oversight board,transnational dispute resolution,access to justice,business and human rights,digitalization,law ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3308
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2023 14:53
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 08:30
DOI: 10.1017/glj.2023.34

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