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Jurisdiction: Building Confidence in a Borderless Medium

July 26-27, 1999
Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Canada


26 July 1999

07:45 - 08:30 Registration
08:00 - 08:30 Continental Breakfast
08:30 - 09:00 Introduction, Welcome to Canada
  • Masanobu Katoh, General Manager, Fujitsu Limited and Chairman, Internet Law and Policy Forum
  • Nick Discepola, Member of Parliament (Vaudreuil-Soulanges)

Opening Remarks and Welcome

  • Richard Simpson, Director General, Electronic Commerce Task Force, Canada
09:00 - 10:15 Traditional Legal Concepts: Basics from Three Experts
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 Developments in the Law: Judicial Decisions and Practical Approaches

Moderator: Elizabeth deGrazia Blumenfeld, Deputy Director, Legal and Brand Policy, America Online, USA

  • John Gedid*, Professor, Widener University School of Law, USA
  • Tom Bell, Partner, Perkins Coie, USA
  • Peter Harter, Vice President Global Public Policy & Standards, EMusic.com, USA
11:30 - 12:30 Plenary: Jurisdiction and Consumer Confidence in a Borderless Marketplace: Balancing Policy Goals
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch with Speaker
  • Francis Gurry, Assistant Director General and Legal Counsel, WIPO
14:00 - 14:45 Panel: Banking and Financial Services/Electronic Payment Systems

Chair: Thomas Vartanian*, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, USA

  • Henry L. Judy*, Of Counsel, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, USA
  • Chris Reed, Head of the IT Law Unit, Queen Mary's College and University, UK
14:45 - 15:45 The State's Power to Compel Payment or Collection: Taxation

Chair: Peter Cobb*, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, USA

15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:30 Transactions Contrary to Public Law and Policy

Moderator: Janet Henderson, Rights and Public Policy Manager, British Telecom, UK

16:30 - 17:00 Development of Law on a Private Basis: Business to Business Transactions

Moderator: Rosalyn Breedy, Associate Director, European Programme Office, Warburg Dillon Read, UK

17:00 - 17:45 The Role of International Organizations and Agreements
  • Harold Burman, Office of the Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State, USA
  • Jenny Clift, Legal Officer, UNCITRAL, Austria
18:00 - 19:00 Social Hour

* Participants in the America Bar Association's project, Transnational Issues in Cyberspace: a Project on the Law Relating to Jurisdiction

27 July 1999

08:00 - 08:30 Continental Breakfast
08:30 - 09:15 Plenary: Consumer Protection
09:15-10:45 Comparative Overview of Consumer Protection Laws: Scope, Enforcement, Jurisdiction.

Chair: Ron Plesser*, Partner, Piper & Marbury, USA

Panel: A Comparative Overview

  • Advertising, Commercial Information
  • Fraud
  • Disclosures, Billing, Dispute Resolution, etc.
  • Specially Regulated Professions and Activities
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30 Choice of Law for Consumer Contracts

Does national law recognize a consumer's choice of law if the choice provides a different level of consumer protection? Are there consumer protection rules re choice of forum? What is sufficient evidence of informed choice? What are some solutions and alternatives?

11:30 - 12:15 Developments in the EU

Moderator: Matthew Yeo, Associate, Steptoe & Johnson, USA

  • Mark Bohannon, Chief Counsel for Technology, US Department of Commerce, USA
    Analysis of applicability outside a common market:
12:15 - 13:45 Lunch with Speaker
13:45 - 15:15 Protecting the Consumer over a Borderless Medium

Chair: Roger Cochetti, Program Director Policy & Business Planning, IBM Internet Division (USA)

Territorial limits on enforcement, cooperative efforts

  • Hugh Stevenson, Associate Director, Federal Trade Commission, USA
  • Natalie James, Project Manager, Australian Commission's Internet Commerce and Competition Project, Australia
  • Barbara Wellbery, Counsellor to the Under Secretary for Electronic Commerce, US Department of Commerce, USA

Panel: Additional Means of Protection and Trust

  • Steven Cole, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Council of Better Business Bureaus and BBBOnLine, USA
    - Industry Self-regulation.
  • Lynne Nostrant, Vice President, Visa International, USA
    - Voluntary Intermediary Dispute Resolution.
  • Laurie Labuda, OECD Committee on Consumer Policy, France
    - Ultranational Rules: the OECD.
  • Mary W.S. Wong, Visiting Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP, USA
    - Online Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.


15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:30 Experts' Response

Moderator: Jack L. Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Law, University of Chicago, USA

16:30 Adjournment

* Participants in the America Bar Association's project, Transnational Issues in Cyberspace: a Project on the Law Relating to Jurisdiction


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