Colloquium on Electronic Commerce

14-16 February 2011, New York

At its forty-third session (2010) the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) requested its Secretariat to convene a colloquium with a view to identifying a roadmap for future work by the Commission in the area of electronic commerce, with particular regard to legal issues relating to electronic transferable records, identity management and the use of mobile devices in electronic commerce, as well as to discussing recent developments in the area of cross-border electronic single window facilities (see Official Records of the General Assembly, Sixty-fifth Session, Supplement No. 17 (A/65/17), para. 250). In line with that request, an international colloquium organized by the Secretariat will take place from 14 to 16 February 2011 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Although the meeting will be conducted on an informal basis, interpretation in the six official languages of the United Nations will be available.


14-16 February 2011, New York

DAY 1: Monday, 14 February 2011

Opening Session 10:00AM - 11:00AM

  • Renaud Sorieul
    The Secretary of UNCITRAL
  • Jeffrey Chan Wah Teck, SC
    Deputy Solicitor-General, Singapore
    Chair of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce (2001-2004)
  • Luca Castellani
    UNCITRAL Secretariat

Session I. Identity management 11:00AM - 1:00PM

  • Jeffrey Chan Wah Teck, SC
    Deputy Solicitor-General,
    Singapore Moderator
  • Laurent Bernat
    Policy Analyst
    OECD - Information Security and Privacy Lessons learned from the 2010 OECD Survey on National Strategies and Policies for Digital Identity Management
  • Thomas Smedinghoff
    Wildman Harrold Identity Management: The Next Frontier for International E-Commerce - the Subject, the Legal Issues, and the Need for Action by UNCITRAL
    Paper -- Slides
  • Eric A. Caprioli
    Avocat à la Cour
    SELARL Caprioli Associés Société d'Avocats De l'authentification à la signature électronique : quel cadre juridique pour les communications électroniques internationales ?
    Abstract -- Résumé
    Article -- Slides
  • Abbie Barbir, PhD
    ITU-T Rapporteur, Identity Management Higher Assurance for the Enablement of Federated On-line Trust
    Abstract -- Slides
  • Open Discussion

Session II. Mobile commerce 3:00PM - 6:00PM

DAY 2: Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Session II. Mobile commerce continued (10:00AM - 1:00PM)

  • Rich Field
    Past Chair
    Section of Science & Technology Law, ABA M-Payments and Developing Countries
  • Chang-ho Chung
    Head of UNCITRAL and Unidroit Research Team
    Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea Legal Issues Arising from the Use of Mobile Devices in Electronic Commerce
    Slides -- Paper
  • Benjamin Geva
    Osgoode Hall Law School
    York University UNCITRAL Model Law on International Credit Transfers and M-Payments: Do They Match?
    Slides -- Paper
  • Open Discussion

Session III. Electronic transferable records (3:00PM - 6:00PM)

  • Giusella Finocchiaro
    University of Bologna
  • Jane Winn
    University of Washington Can Prudential Regulation Be Achieved by Means of Technology? Lessons from US Electronic Chattel Paper
    Paper -- Slides
  • Miriam Goldby
    University of Surrey Legal recognition of electronic alternatives to documents of title: the respective roles of legislator and adjudicator
    Slides -- Paper
  • Manuel Alba
    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Necesidad para el comercio internacional de una regulación armonizada sobre documentos electrónicos negociables
    Slides -- Presentación
  • Rederence material:
    Tobias Oelsner
    (German delegation) Statement from the floor on electronic transferable records
  • Open Discussion

DAY 3: Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Session III. Electronic Transferable Records continued (10:00AM - 1:00PM)

  • Sang-Bee Shim
    Director General
    Korea Paperless Trade Office uTradeHub success story; necessary environment
    Slides -- Case
  • Stephen Bisbee
    President and CEO
    eOriginal, Inc. Current Use of Electronic Transferable Records in Business Transactions - The Practical Experience
  • James Byrne
    George Mason University The Electrification of Letters of Credit: Law, Practice Rules, and Forms
    Slides -- Paper
  • Reference material:
    Alan Davidson
    University of Queensland Electronic records in letter of credit
  • Open Discussion

Session IV. Single windows (3:00PM - 6:00PM)

  • John D. Gregory
    General Counsel, Justice Policy Development Branch
    Social Justice Programs and Policy Division
    Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario, Canada Moderator
  • Johann Ponten
    CHAIR TBG 15
    UN/CEFACT Single Window Solutions - Best Practice and Challenges for the Future
    Paper -- Slides
  • Bill Luddy
    Special Legal Counsel
    World Customs Organization
    The International Single Window: A Legal Framework View of the Path to Paperless Global Trade Development
    Paper -- Slides
  • Kah Wei Chong
    Deputy Senior State Counsel
    Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore Legal and Regulatory Aspects of International Single Window Implementation: The ASEAN Experience
  • Hong Xue
    Professor of Law
    Director of Institute for the Internet Policy & Law
    Beijing Normal University Regional Coordination on Cross-Border Electronic Exchange of Trade Documents and Data from the Prospective of Asia and the Pacific
  • Reference material:
    Kommerskollegium / Swedish National Board of Trade e-invoicing in cross-border trade
  • Open Discussion