Real Law In The Virtual World
..."The class will discuss what a court system in the virtual world would look like, and try to implement it," says Lauren Gelman, executive director of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. Gelman plans to hold some discussions in Second Life and have residents participate. "For courts to work in Second Life, we would need the support of the residents," she says. By the fall term, she expects law students to begin hearing cases in Second Life.
Gelman is also dean of New York Law School's State of Play Academy, which holds classes on the law in There.com, a virtual world created by San Mateobased Makena Technologies. "One of the driving ideas behind the academy is that you don't have to go to three years of law school to know about the law," she says. "It's just a way to give people more information." Classes are open to anyone who creates an avatar.