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International and Foreign Cyberspace Law Research Guide

This guide covers resources on cyberspace law where issues encompass the Internet, cybercrime, privacy and ecommerce. Cyberspace law can incorporate aspects of comparative, international and foreign law

UNCITRAL Resources on e-Commerce

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) facilitates international commerce through the modernization of trade rules and the harmonization of commercial laws.  It accomplishes these tasks primarily through the drafting of treaties, model laws, and explanatory texts.  These documents are prepared by ad hoc committees of subject specialists known as working groups.
 

UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce

Since its inception, UNCITRAL's Working Group on Electronic Commerce has produced one treaty, three model laws, and one explanatory text:

Treaty

Model Laws

  • Model Law on Electronic Commerce (1996)
    The full text of the model law and a guide to its enactment are available for download in PDF format.  Click on the Status link to see which countries have enacted legislation based on the model law.
     
  • Model Law on Electronic Signatures (2001)
    The full text of the model law and a guide to its enactment are available for download in PDF format.  Click on the Status link to see which countries have enacted legislation based on the model law.
     
  • Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (2017)
    The full text of the model law and a guide to its enactment are available for download in PDF format.  Click on the Status link to see which countries have enacted legislation based on the model law.
     

Explanatory Text


To monitor the Working Group's current and past activities, visit this page, from which you can access meeting agendas, reports, and document drafts.
 

UNCITRAL Working Group on Online Dispute Resolution

UNCITRAL's Working Group on Online Dispute Resolution met from 2010 to 2016.  Although it did not produce any treaties or model laws, the Working Group did publish its Technical Notes on Online Dispute Resolution.  An archive of meeting agendas, reports, and other working papers is available on this page.