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Marvels of the Metaverse: The Dispute Subject Matters and Procedures of Tomorrow

Elizabeth Chan, Padraig Walsh, Hee-Eun Kim, Sue Hyun Lim, Anton A Ware, and Kellie Yi

South Korea sees the metaverse as “an uncharted digital continent with indefinite potential”, earmarking 223.7 billion won for investment in virtual(ly real) worlds and opening Metaverse Seoul to its citizens.  The metaverse and related online technologies will add new angles to traditional disputes, draw new dimensions of dispute resolution and create new procedural playgrounds.  The panelists will share their perspectives on disputes issues arising out of the metaverse: (i) the possible disputes that may arise in relation to the metaverse, especially online gaming; (ii) the viability of augmented and virtual reality technologies in disputes procedures; (iii) the possibility of new types of dispute resolution platforms (e.g. blockchain arbitration) to resolve metaverse-related disputes.

This panel was presented at the Fall 2023 Asia/Pacific Conference on “Law and Technology in a Changing World” in Seoul, South Korea.