Conference on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for
Cross-Border E-Commerce Transactions
We invite you to attend our conference on the 18th of September at the Institute for European Studies, ďRome RoomĒ located in Pleinlaan 5, 1050, Brussels, Belgium. Speakers from the Commission, the European Parliament and BEUC (the consumerís organisation) will be present and will take the floor.
The driving force for the creation and development of ODR (Online Dispute Resolution) schemes has always been commerce. The Internet has been recognized worldwide as a commercial trading platform where people increasingly conduct their commercial transactions.
The discussion will include a compendious, yet essential reference to e-commerce issues. The rapid expansion of e-commerce has led private and public institutions and corporations to deploy their initiatives, aimed at providing specialised redress to both consumers and businesses, in situations where disputes arise out of online transactions.
More specifically, EU legislation will constitute an essential element of this analysis; the new Regulation No 524/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes and the new Directive 2013/11/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on alternative dispute resolution for consumer disputes and the respective changes in ODR will be addressed. These legal instruments aim at ensuring that consumers can recourse to a simple, expeditious and low-cost online dispute resolution method.
The UNCITRALís draft procedural rules for online dispute resolution for cross-border electronic transactions will also be discussed. According to the Report of the UNCITRALís Working Group III concerning ODR, the Rules will mainly aim at disputes arising out of consumer-to-consumer transactions. It is disputed whether an arbitration stage will be included in ODR schemes or not.
Furthermore, a thorough analysis will be conducted, concerning the consumerís point of view and perspective and the respective implications of the above-mentioned legislation upon the e-commerce transactions.
For more information please visit our website and fill in our registration form
We look forward to seeing you on the 18th of September!
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