Short Continuing Legal Education conference
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
- 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;
- 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)
Half Day - $352.00. GST Inclusive
Course fees include tuition, materials, and light refreshments.
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
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
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.)
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
- Your Title and Name
- Firm or Organisation
- Payment details
- Type of Credit Card <Mastercard, Visa or
- Card Number
- Expiry Date
- Cardholder's name
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.
– 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
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.