April 30, 2013

A public meeting on Electronic Commerce was held, under the auspices of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, on April 30, 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 the 46th Session of Working Group IV, the UNCITRAL Secretariat drafted a Note containing draft articles for a model law on electronic transferable records. The Note contains draft articles addressing (A) general provisions; (B) use of electronic transferable records; (C) third-party service providers; and (D) cross-border recognition of electronic transferable records. This Note will be discussed during the 47th Session of Working Group IV May 13-17.

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.