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Public Meeting on Electronic Commerce

December 2, 2013


A public meeting on Electronic Commerce was held, under the auspices of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on December 2, 2013, at the Department of State, Annex 4, South Building, 2430 E Street, NW, Washington DC. The meeting was chaired by a representative of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law.

Working Group IV (electronic commerce) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is currently focusing on electronic transferable records. The Working Group has not decided what type of instrument it might ultimately pursue but decided that it would be efficient to work based on the text of a model law. In response to a request from Working Group IV, the UNCITRAL Secretariat drafted a Note containing draft articles for a model law on electronic transferable records. The 47th Session of Working Group IV discussed the draft articles. Based on discussions at the 47th Session, the Secretariat drafted an updated Note (A/CN.9/WG.IV/WP.124 and A/CN.9/WG.IV/WP.124/Add.1) containing draft articles. The updated Note contains draft articles addressing (A) general provisions; (B) provisions on electronic transactions; (C) use of electronic transferable records; (D) third-party service providers; and (E) cross-border recognition of electronic transferable records. This updated Note will be discussed during the 48th Session of Working Group IV December 9-13, 2013.

Participants in the public meeting were asked to provide comments on the draft articles in advance of the Working Group meeting.

No matter was resolved. No report was approved.


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