This section contains summaries of public meetings that have been held recently as well as summaries of, or references to, other notable developments.

2015 ACPIL Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Private International Law was held on September 25, 2015, at the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC. The one-day meeting was chaired by Acting Legal Adviser Mary McLeod and hosted by representatives of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law (L/PIL). Representatives of several international organizations presented updates on work within their organizations. Representatives of L/PIL made presentations on the work they had been focusing on during the past year, including the domestic implementation of treaties and the promotion of private international law instruments in the Asia-Pacific region. The Committee offered useful thoughts and reactions to the various presentations.

October 27, 2015 Public Meeting on Electronic Commerce: A public meeting on Electronic Commerce was held, under the auspices of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on October 27, 2015 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. 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, 48th, 49th, 50th and 51st Sessions of Working Group IV discussed the draft articles. Based on these discussions, the Secretariat drafted an updated Note (A/CN.9/WG.IV/WP.135 and A/CN.9/WG.IV/WP.135/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; and (D) cross-border recognition of electronic transferable records. This updated Note will be discussed during the 52nd Session of Working Group IV November 9-13, 2015.

Participants in the public meeting were asked to provide comments on the draft articles.

No decision was taken. No report was approved.

Public meeting on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) will be held on November 20th from 11 a.m. to

1 p.m. EDT at 2430 E Street NW., South Building (SA 4S) (Navy Hill), Room 240. A copy of the Federal Register Notice can be find at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-09/pdf/2015-28446.pdf.

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