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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Teleconference on new UNCITRAL Convention

The UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce is holding a teleconference next Wednesday (February 2), to discuss its proposed new Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. The group is looking for input. Click on the links for details and the invitation.

From Prof. Bill Luddy, RPI:

As many of you know, the UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce has substantially completed its work on a new international instrument, which is tentatively called the Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts.  The Commission will bereviewing this draft at its Plenary meeting next July in Vienna.  Hal Burman will lead a teleconference scheduled for Wednesday, February 2nd at 4:00 PM EST to discuss the Working Group's draft.

At the end of this email you will find the call-in numbers and the passcode for the teleconference (U.S. and International numbers are provided.)  Everyone with an interest in this convention (and global e-Commerce generally) is welcome to join in the teleconference.

It would be important for those attending to review the Working Group's draft of the Convention as well as the separate Addendum prepared by the Secretariat that provides, "a summary of the deliberations of the Working Group as well as short notes intended to facilitate the consideration of the draft convention by Governments and the Commission." These two documents can be downloaded from the UNCITRAL website, specifically, the Commission's July annual meeting website at:

http://www.uncitral.org/english/sessions/unc/unc-38/38-index-e.htm

The documents you will want to download and review from that URL are:

* A/CN.9/577—Draft Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts—Note by the Secretariat

* A/CN.9/577/Add.1—Draft Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts—Note by the Secretariat.

* Addendum: Background Information

If anyone has trouble downloading these documents, I would be happy to forward copies.

The general plan for the teleconference is to have those participating highlight key issues in the Draft Convention that could be addressed by the Commission at its Plenary session in July. If you are unable to participate in this teleconference, please feel free to send along any comments you might have and they will be shared with those at the meeting.

Details of the Teleconference:
CALL DATE: FEB-02-2005 (Wednesday)
CALL TIME: 04:00 PM EASTERN TIME
DURATION: 3 hr
LEADER: MR HAROLD BURMAN
USA Toll Free Number: 888-655-9181
USA Toll Number: +1-517-308-9001
PASSCODE: 26281

Professor W. J. Luddy, Jr., M.S., J.D.
Lally School of Management & Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Hartford Campus
275 Windsor Street
Hartford, CT 06120 USA
Tel: +1-860-548-2442
Fax: +1-860-547-0866
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