Skip to content


News Posted on August 5, 2013

Professor Chander's New Book Debuts to Critical Acclaim

Yale University Press has just published Professor Anupam Chander's new book, The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Trade. In this accessible book, Professor Chander, a cyber law expert, provides the first thorough discussion of the law that relates to global Internet commerce. 

The book has received critical acclaim from academics, policymakers, and book critics. Publisher's Weekly calls it "required reading." Mike Moore, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, former Director General of the World Trade Organization, and the current New Zealand Ambassador to the United States calls the book "a visionary read... I recommend this book to all those who think about a future that is to be faced and not feared."

Other leaders in international trade and policy also describe it as an important book:

"The world of commerce has changed for services. A masterly analysis of the implications of this development, this book is a tour de force." -Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Columbia University

"Anupam Chander takes us on a fascinating journey, raising provocative questions on how to balance competing global and local interests when managing new trade dynamics. Anyone interested in the digital transformation of commerce should consider carefully Chander's insights." -Mark Wu, Harvard Law School

"An extraordinarily lucid and colorful description of the way cybertrade is changing global commerce -- and global society. Chander proposes realistic legal arrangements that can secure the Web's benefits and avert its perils. This is an important book." -W. Michael Reisman, Yale Law School

"A must read for those interested in globalization in the information age and the public policy challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls that will result.  Anupam Chander offers an insightful primer on international cyberlaw and a thoughtful set of proposals for adapting to a changed world." -Chris Coons, U.S. Senator from Delaware

"This engaging book makes a powerful argument for embracing trade, without displacing law, along the new digital trade routes. Indeed, it recognizes law as crucial to promoting both trade and consumer protection. This is an important contribution to thinking about the international legal order." -Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández, Chair of the Appellate Body, World Trade Organization 

"Chander accentuates what is often forgotten -- the importance of law underlying the digital evolution. Highly readable and enjoyable, The Electronic Silk Road is a piece of sound intellectual work, which is handsomely written." -Mira Burri, University of Bern

"Chander examines how international trade is ordering human rights and free expression in the digital age. Virtual borders and transnational corporations are here to stay, and Chander's notion of ‘net-work' offers us a sobering analysis of the dangers, and the possibilities." -Deji Olukotun, PEN American Center

Professor Anupam Chander is a leading scholar in the law of globalization and digitization, and has written widely on international law and cyber law. He is also Director of the California International Law Center at King Hall. He has taught at Yale, Chicago, Stanford, and Cornell, and has published in the nation’s leading law reviews.

The Electronic Silk Road, Yale University Press