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10 June 2015 >  9.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.

The United Nations Working Group on Electronic Commerce Organizes in Bologna the Workshop “Open Issues on Electronic Commerce: the Digital Identity”

A meeting of experts to discuss the open issues on electronic identification in the context of electronic commerce. Two giants of the web, Google e AliBaba will also be taking part in the Workshop.

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The international meeting “Open Issues on Electronic Commerce: the Digital Identity UNCITRAL Workshop” will be held at the Bologna Law School in Palazzo Malvezzi on the 10th of June 2015.

The event is organized by Full Professor Giusella Finocchiaro, President of Uncitral Working Group IV on Electronic Commerce and representative of the Italian Government at Uncitral. Among the workshop participants there will also be representatives of Google, AliBaba (the largest Chinese e-commerce corporation) and the ABA (American Bar Association).

The Digital Identity in the Electronic Commerce Era, an Open Issue

How can a person’s identity be verified on the Internet? This is the real question in this new phase of digitalization of identification services. For example, how does one open a bank account, interact with Public Administration, or take part in an on line public tender?

Digital Identification is a centrally important theme for the Uncitral Working Group, whose job is to draft joint international rules on electronic commerce.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts from the economic, institutional and academic worlds to focus on the still open issues in the field of On Line Identification, which will be dealt with by the Working Group in future United Nations Commission work sessions.

A Full Day’s Work

The Workshop will get underway with an opening address from the Rector of the University of Bologna, Ivano Dionigi and an introduction by Giusella Finocchiaro, Full Professor of Private Law and Internet Law at the University of Bologna, President of Uncitral Working Group IV on Electronic Commerce and Representative of the Italian Government at Uncitral.

The Workshop is organized in three sessions. The first will deal with the theme of Digital Identity according to the European prospective. The second will deal with the same theme from an international point of view. Finally, the third session will focus on the open issues on electronic commerce from the business point of view. The discussion will be closed by Luca Castellani, Secretary of Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce).

The Workshop, which is open to the public, will occupy the whole morning. The afternoon will be dedicated to a closed meeting to discuss the relevant findings of the Workshop.

The legal issues raised by electronic commerce are nowadays mainly settled. The conference will focus only on some new and still open issues of electronic commerce, as the digital identity. The speakers will address the theme from different perspectives, with a speech of 20 minutes each.A space for the discussion will be left at the end of each session.

The workshop will take place at the University of Bologna, Via Zamboni 22, Sala Armi (Bologna, ITALY).


  • Registration
    h. 8.30 a.m.
  • Opening Addresses
    h. 9.00-9.30 a.m.
    Ivano Dionigi – Rector of the University of Bologna
    Giovanni Berti Arnoaldi Veli – President of the Bologna Bar Association (to be confirmed)
    Nicoletta Sarti - President of the Bologna University Law School
    Giovanni Luchetti - Director of the Bologna University Department of Legal Studies
    Massimo Franzoni - Director of the Specialization School for Legal Professions of Bologna
  • Introduction
    h. 9.30-10.00 a.m.
    Giusella Finocchiaro – Full Professor of Private Law and Internet Law at the University of Bologna, Chair of the UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce
  • The Digital Identity: the European Prospective
    h. 10.00-11.00 a.m.
    Eric A. Caprioli - Avocat à la Cour de Paris – Ph.D, Member of the French delegation at the UNCITRAL Working Group on Electronic Commerce
    Andrea Servida – Head of Task Force Legislation Team (eIDAS), European Commission
    Didier Gobert - Head of the Electronic commerce service, Public Federal Service Economy and trainer in ICT law – Belgium
  • The Digital Identity: the Global Prospective
    h. 11.00-12.00 a.m.
    Thomas J. Smedinghoff – Of Counsel in the Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group in the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP; Chair of the Identity Management Legal Task Force of the American Bar Association
    Hong Xue – Full Professor of Law at Beijing Normal University (BNU), Director of BNU Institute for Internet Policy & Law (IIPL) and Co-Director of UNCITRAL-BNU Joint Certificate Program on International E-Commerce Law (JCP)
    Francesco Delfini – Full Professor of Private Law at the University of Milan
  • Open Issues on Electronic Commerce
    h. 12.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m.
    Andrea Stazi – Public Policy and Government Relations Manager at Google
    Ala Musi - China Electronic Commerce Association Policy & Law Committee Deputy Director, Alibaba
    Alberto M. Gambino – President of the Italian Academy of the Internet Code (IAIC), Full Professor of Private Law at the European University of Rome
  • Closing remarks
    h. 1.00 p.m.-1.30 p.m.
    Luca Castellani – Secretary of the Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) UNCITRAL


Scientific Organizing Committee:

Giusella Finocchiaro

Matilde Ratti




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