Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

This article discusses the Australian Government’s proposal to accede to the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts as well as certain amendments to existing Australian electronic transactions legislation, i.e. the Electronic Transactions Act (Commonwealth) 1999 (”ETA”) and its state equivalents. Without going into a detailed discussion of all suggested amendments, this article focuses on those recommendations, which affect the area of contract formation, in particular: the use of automated systems in on-line transactions and the determination of the time the contract comes into existence. A critical review of the proposed changes reveals that their implementation will result in the creation of a parallel regime for contracts formed by electronic means and create further legal uncertainties in the field of Internet-based commerce. This result stands in stark opposition to the original goal of the ETA: to facilitate and enable on-line transactions.

Keywords

contract law, electronic contracting convention, ETA, e-commerce

Discipline

Contracts | Internet Law

Research Areas

Commercial Law

Publication

Journal of Contract Law

Volume

26

Issue

2

First Page

184

Last Page

207

ISSN

1030-7230

Publisher

Butterworths

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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