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Electronic Signatures in International Contracts

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Carolina Monica Laborde

Electronic signature legislation seeks to facilitate e-commerce by providing an electronic equivalent to handwritten signatures in paper-based contracts. However, electronic signature legislation enacted in the past years in different jurisdictions has followed a dissimilar approach. In light thereof, this book analyzes the legal validity of electronic signatures in international contracts potentially subject to divergent electronic signature regulation. To this end, four major issues are addressed: the technological and legal concept of electronic signatures; the legal regulation of electronic signatures; the determination of the electronic signature legislation that will be applicable to an international contract; and, finally, the implications of applying one electronic signature law or another. The research covers the laws of Argentina, Germany and the United States of America as well as international conventions.

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ABA .................................................... American Bar Association Argentine Digital Signature Act ......... Ley de Firma Digital No. 25.506 Begr. RegE ......................................... Gesetzentwurf der Bundesregierung BGB Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch BGBl. ................................................. Bundesgesetzblatt BGH ................................................... Bundesgerichtshof BT-Drucks. ........................................ Bundestags-Drucksache Buenos Aires Protocol ....................... Protocol of Buenos Aires on International Jurisdiction in Contractual Matters CISG .................................................. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods DJ ....................................................... Doctrina Judicial DStR .................................................. Deutsches Steuerrecht DstRE ................................................ DStR-Entscheidungsdienst E-Sign ................................................ Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act Ed. / Eds. ........................................... Editor / Editors EDI .................................................... Electronic Data Interchange EGBGB ............................................. Einführungsgesetz zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch Electronic Commerce Directive ........ Directive 2000/31/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2000 on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal Market (Directive on Electronic Commerce) Electronic Signatures Directive ......... Directive 1999/93/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Community framework for electronic signatures Form Adaptation Act ......................... Gesetz zur Anpassung der Formvorschriften des Privatrechts und anderer Vorschriften an den modernen Rechtsgeschäftsverkehr German Digital Signature Act ........... Gesetz zur digitalen Signatur German Electronic Signatures Act .... Gesetz über Rahmenbedingungen für elektronische Signaturen und zur Änderung weiterer Vorschriften GUIDEC ............................................ General Usage for International Digitally Ensured Commerce ICC ..................................................... International Chamber of Commerce ILPF ................................................... Internet Law & Policy Forum 18 Abbreviations Mercosur ............................................ Mercado Común del Sur MMR ................................................. MultiMedia und Recht NCCUSL ........................................... National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Law NJW ................................................... Neue Juristische Wochenschrift NJW-RR ............................................. NJW-Rechtsprechungs-Report Zivilrecht No. ...................................................... Number p. / pp. ................................................ Page / Pages para. ................................................... Paragraph(s) PIN/PINs ........................................... Personal Identification Number(s) PKI ...................................................... Public Key...

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