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UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures

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Citation Edit

UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures (Jan. 24, 2002) (full-text).

Overview Edit

This Model Law is designed to assist Member States in establishing a modern, harmonized and fair legislative framework to address more effectively the issues of electronic signatures. The Model Law offers practical standards against which the technical reliability of electronic signatures may be measured. In addition, the Model Law provides a linkage between such technical reliability and the legal effectiveness that may be expected from a given electronic signature. The Model Law adds substantially to the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce by adopting an approach under which the legal effectiveness of a given electronic signature technique may be predetermined (or assessed prior to being actually used). The Model Law is thus intended to foster the understanding of electronic signatures and the confidence that certain electronic signature techniques can be relied upon in legally significant transactions.

Moreover, by establishing with appropriate flexibility a set of basic rules of conduct for the various parties that may become involved in the use of electronic signatures (i.e. signatories, relying parties and third-party certification service providers) the Model Law may assist in shaping more harmonious commercial practices in cyberspace.

External reading Edit

  • UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures with Guide to Enactment 2001 (full-text).

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