Online Dispute Resolution in International Electronic Operations (Policy Paper)

The purpose of the draft procedural rules for online dispute resolution, developed by Working Gorup III (Online Dispute Resolution) of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), is “to provide a practical avenue […] for the quick, simple and inexpensive resolution of low-value cross-border disputes.”1 In fact, it has been broadly accepted that it is not generally realistic to institute legal proceedings when such disputes arise since present means of recourse most often prove inefficient.

This work, which flows from the Model Law on Electronic Commerce,2 should lead to the adoption of a framework conducive to online negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The Rules would thus provide that parties to a transaction performed using electronic communications would be able to agree, at the time of the transaction, to resolve possible disputes using such mechanisms.

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