A public meeting on Electronic Commerce was held, under the auspices of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on April 2, 2019, at the Department of State, Annex 4A, 2430 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC. The meeting was chaired by a representative of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law.

At its 2018 annual meeting, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) decided that UNCITRAL’s Working Group IV should conduct work on legal issues relating to identity management and trust services, with a view to preparing a text aimed at facilitating cross-border recognition of identity management and trust services. The Working Group requested that the UNCITRAL Secretariat prepare draft provisions to facilitate discussion of these topics. The UNCITRAL Secretariat drafted two documents for discussion at the April 8-12 meeting of Working Group IV: “Draft Provisions on the Cross-border Recognition of [Identity Management] and Trust Services” (UN Doc. A/CN.9/WG.IV/WP.157), available at https://undocs.org/en/A/CN.9/WG.IV/WP.157, and “Explanatory Remarks on the Draft Provisions on the Cross-border Recognition of Identity Management and Trust Services” (UN Doc. A/CN.9/WG.IV/WP.158).

The purpose of the public meeting was to obtain views of concerned stakeholders on the issues of identity management and trust services, in particular those issues raised in the two documents prepared by the UNCITRAL Secretariat. Participants shared their views on the potential scope of work at UNCITRAL, provisions specific to identity management, provisions specific to trust services, provisions addressing cross-border issues and definitions contained in the texts.

No decision was taken. No report was approved.

U.S. Department of State

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