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Public Meeting on Electronic Commerce


January 6, 2012

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A public meeting on electronic commerce was held, under the auspices of the Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on January 6, 2012, in the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law, 23rd and D Streets, NW, SA-4, South Building, Washington DC. The meeting was chaired by a representative of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law.

The public meeting was convened to discuss the October 2011 session of Working Group IV (international electronic commerce) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). At the conclusion of that session, delegations requested that the UNCITRAL Secretariat hold intersessional consultations regarding relevant rules applicable to electronic transferable records, current practice involving the use of electronic transferable records, and potential area in which work by UNCITRAL could be beneficial. The Working Group is expected to convene again next fall.

The attendees shared views regarding the October session, discussed possible areas in which UNCITRAL could contribute to the field, and identified various domestic and international legal regimes that govern, or otherwise relate to, electronic transferable records.

No matter was resolved. No report was approved.

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