Implementing European E-Commerce Legislation
This is the “anchor” project for the theme “Legal Frameworks for Electronic Business and the Information Society”. The development of a legal framework to foster e-commerce in Europe has long been regarded as the holy grail for future European prosperity, yet following the bursting of the dot.com bubble it is even more uncertain both in the EU and the US what regulation is now appropriate. The Electronic Commerce Directive due to be implemented by January 2002 is the first major legislative measure enacted by the EU intended to address the e-commerce phenomenon as a whole, previous European legislation having either impacted on the Internet without being specifically designed for it (e.g. the Distance Selling Directive; the Data Protection Directive), or addressing only one small sector of law (e.g. the E-Money Directives). The E-Commerce Directive by contrast covers a wide variety of topics including the principle of country of origin regulation, regulation of “information society services”, commercial communications and unsolicited junk email, electronic contracting, liability of ISPs (Internet service providers) and alternative dispute resolution.
On-line dispute resolution in cross-border consumer e-commerce transactions: lessons from eBay and ICANN (Taylor & Francis, 2007)Effective dispute settlement is regarded as one of the means of enhancing consumer confidence in cross-border purchases over the Internet. Yet, studies of online dispute resolution (ODR) show, on the whole, poor uptake of ...
International Private Law, Consumers and the Net: A Confusing Maze or a Smooth Path Towards a Single European Market (Hart Publishing, 2005)The chapter discusses the growing emergence of international trade conducted via the Internet, with regard to the EU E-Commerce Directive and UK regulation. Specifically the chapter focusses on 'country of origin' versus ...
(Elsevier, 2003)This paper attempts to address some of the legal implications of the popular Consumer-to-Consumer electronic commerce model, in particular the implications of the successful and popular auctions site eBay.
(Routledge, 2004)The paper discusses the reliance of internet technology law on acronyms, and its deeper socio-legal impact. It suggests that this resonantes for the future of research, teaching, and practice within information technology law.