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Cyberspace Law and Policy Series 2003

Short Continuing Legal Education conference on

Online contracts: Banking, finance and insurance

Date: 5 December 2003, afternoon
Grace Hotel, Sydney

Registration form and pamphlet [PDF] - in prepration

About the conference

As e-commerce and e-business moves from the fringes into the mainstream, law and practice issues about the effectiveness of online contract formation come to the fore. This seminar is for lawyers, in-house legal counsel and senior executives responsible for advising and risk management in this area.

Over a half day it will cover a range of topical areas:

      • Online contract formation in the banking area
      • Online contract formation in consumer finance and insurance
      • Evidentiary and digital document issues: proving the terms, dealing with changes
      • Underlying fundamentals of online contract formation.

MCLE Units: half day 3 units.


Friday 5 December 2003 - afternoon

1:50 pm Introduction from the chair, David Vaile, executive director of the Centre

2:00 pm Online banking contracts

Prof Alan Tyree, former Landerer Prof of Banking Law, University of Sydney

Underlying and practical issues with the formation of electronic banking contracts, from one of the architects of the code of practice.

2:45 Online consumer finance and insurance contracts

Chris Connolly, Director, Financial Services Consumer Policy Centre, UNSW

Best practice in the formation of online consumer finance and insurance contracts: a leading consumer advocate examines issues surrounding the online creation of insurance and finance contracts, including disclosure, non-repudiation, independent advice and the broad policy settings for consumer protection in electronic commerce.

3:30 Afternoon Tea

4:00 Evidentiary issues with online contract documentation

Adrian Lawrence, senior lawyer in the IT and Communications Group, Baker and McKenzie

  • Digital document retention and destruction policies
  • Changes to terms of online contracts
  • Other evidentiary and record keeping issues

4:45 The legal framework for online contract formation

Eliza Mik, PhD candidate at University of Sydney,
IT law practitioner with software houses Whitesmiths Australia and imagine international.

  • who forms the contract: electronic agents and expression of intent in electronic environment,
  • when is contract formed: meaning of "send" and "receive", effectiveness of electronic messages - Postal Acceptance Rule,
  • determining contents: links, frames and other technologies; general terms
  • UNICTRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce, Electronic Transactions Act (Australia), Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (US), Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (US)

5:30 pm Close


Date: Friday 5 December 2003, afternoon

Venue: Grace Hotel, 77 York Street (corner King Street) Sydney


Half Day - $352.00. GST Inclusive

Course fees include tuition, materials, and light refreshments.

** Specials **
Postgraduate (non-accredited) or undergraduate students, the unemployed, and community legal centre staff receive a 25% discount on the normal fee. Please indicate on the forms or during registration your status, and attach documentation. (Postgrads doing all four events as a course for credit enrol separately at UNSW.)


Payment options accepted include Mastercard, Visa and Bankcard and cheques to be made out to "CLE".

This is one of four short events over two days. You can registerfor one or more of these as CLE using one of the following options:-

Option 1

Download and print the Registration form [PDF - to follow], fill out the relevant details and send it into CLE.

Please address the mail to:

Faculty of Law, UNSW
Sydney NSW 2052

Or fax to (02) 9385 1155. (Note new fax number - the one on the printed form is incorrect.)

Option 2

Send an email to CLE (cle [at] unsw.edu.au), and include in the subject line 'Online Contracts'.

Please include the following details in the body of the email:

  • Your Title and Name
  • Firm or Organisation
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Email
  • Payment details
    • Type of Credit Card <Mastercard, Visa or Bankcard>
    • Card Number
    • Expiry Date
    • Cardholder's name

Option 3

Call Robyn or Lisa at the UNSW CLE office on (02) 9385 2267 or (02) 9385 2195 and book by phone.

NB: For queries about the event's content, contact the Centre: David Vaile on (02) 9385 3589 or Bridget McDermott on (02) 9385 3777.

NB: For queries about enrolment in the LAWS 5238 postgraduate course which includes these four conferences, see the course page and Kerrie Daley.

About CLE The CLE programme is an important link between the Law School at UNSW and the professional community. The programme consists of a series of quality short courses assisting lawyers, accountants, financial planners, executives and other professionals whose work demands up-to-date knowledge of, and skills in, the relevant areas.

Mandatory CLE Units NSW solicitors who find our programmes relevant to their immediate or long term needs in relation to their professional development and practice of law may claim MCLE units for their attendance at the seminars.

Postgraduate Credit - this conference can be combined with three others and a research essay to form part of LAWS 5238 a postgraduate elective course worth 4 units. See the Course page.

About the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre - The Centre, established within the Faculty of Law at UNSW, provides a focus for research, public interest advocacy and education on issues of law and policy concerning digital transactions in cyberspace. Baker & McKenzie (www.bakernet.com) are the founding supporters of the Centre.

About the Cyberspace Law and Policy Series - The Centre hosts a series of events examining the public interest in cyberspace legal and policy issues, and some practical workshops on related legal procedure. The series includes Continuing Legal Education conferences and workshops, Symposia which bring together policy makers and legal and technical experts for round table discussions, ad hoc LawTechTalks on campus, and major academic conferences.

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