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Center for E-Commerce

EU E-Commerce Law Project

The European Union E-Commerce Law Project is co-sponsored by the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum, the Stanford Center for E-Commerce, and the Forum on Contemporary Europe (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies).

This project examines the law and policy of the European Union regarding online businesses as well as the relevant economic governance issues and regulatory practices affecting the online transatlantic (EU-U.S.) marketplace.

The topics covered include:

  • conditional access
  • consumer protection and distance selling
  • copyright and information society
  • cybercrime
  • domain names
  • e-commerce
  • e-money
  • e-signatures
  • international private law (applicable contract law)
  • jurisdiction
  • privacy/data protection
  • taxes

In its initial stage, the project also includes the "European Union E-Commerce Law: Consolidated Legislation" project. This project focuses on the legal framework of the European Union online business activities in Europe. The purpose of this project is to collect the most relevant EU legislation pertaining to online business activities in Europe and to publish it in consolidated form.

The project's co-ordinator and principal investigator is Dr. Siegfried Fina, Associate Professor of European Union Law and Technology Law at the University of Vienna School of Law and Co-Director of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum.