UNCTAD Expert Meeting on Cyberlaws and Regulation for Enhancing E-commerce

25 Mar 2015 - 27 Mar 2015

[New] The provisional agenda is now available.
[New] More updates available in the Documents section here.

Online transactions are of growing importance to Governments, enterprises and consumers in most parts of the world. While greater reliance on electronic commerce (e-commerce) creates significant opportunities, a lack of security and trust remains a critical barrier to such transactions. Online fraud and data breaches are growing concerns for both consumers and enterprises, requiring adequate legal and regulatory responses at national and international levels. Developing countries lag behind in the development of relevant cyberlaws and cross-border e-commerce is hampered by variations between existing laws and regulations in different countries.

The Expert Meeting on Cyberlaws and Regulation for Enhancing E-commerce including Case Studies and Lessons Learned, will serve as a platform that enables countries to review their legal frameworks, share experiences and learn from each other. The meeting will take place on 25-27 March 2015, at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting will present the findings of the first ever global mapping of laws in the areas of e-transactions, consumer protection, data protection and cybercrime. It will review challenges facing policy and lawmakers as well as the private sector in countries at all levels of development. It will offer an opportunity for regional organizations, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the East African Community, the Economic Community of West African States, the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System and the Latin American Integration Association to explore scope for collaboration with regard to the harmonization of legal frameworks that can support domestic and cross-border e-commerce.

Interactive sessions will feature leading legal and industry experts, government officials, representatives from regional and international institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations.

The expected outcome is the identification of best practices concerning cyberlaws as well as recommendations on ways to enable regulatory frameworks for enhancing e-commerce. It will link to other processes related to e-commerce, such as those under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations.

The Expert Meeting is organised by UNCTAD, which has supported over 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean in preparing and/or adopting cyberlaws and regulations and through capacity-building exercises.

For communications concerning representation, contact: UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: 41 22 917 0214; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org. For all other enquiries, e-mail ICT4D@unctad.org  or  ngozi.onodugo@unctad.org

For more details about the Expert Meeting, including key documents, visit the meeting webpage.