Editorial Director: Giusella Finocchiaro
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posted by admin on ottobre 23, 2017


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More than 20 speakers will discuss cybersecurity at the 2017 China-EU School of Law Conference “Personal Data Protection in Times of Big Data” which will be held in Beijing on the 3rd of November 2017. Gao Hongbing, Vice President of Chinese internet giant Alibaba, is one of them.

At the 2017 China-EU School of Law Academic Conference, legal scholars and entrepreneurs from China and Europe will examine the legal challenges massive data collection poses to the protection of personal data. In speeches and panels, they will ask questions such as: Who owns collected data? How safe are databases? How can personal data be protected? What data can be analysed? Which legal framework can regulate this? China’s 2017 Cybersecurity Law and the EU’s 2018 General Data Protection Regulation play a key role in this debate.

Zhang Fusen, Former Minister of Justice of the People’s Republic of China, Hinrich Julius, Professor of Law and Project Coordinator of the China-EU School of Law Consortium Office are slated to open the conference. Giusella Finocchiaro is one of the panel speakers.

The conferece will start at 9 a.m., it will end at 5 p.m.. Conference venue is the Jingyi Hotel, No. 9 Dazhongsi East Road, Hai Dian District, in Beijing.


posted by admin on luglio 20, 2015


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Giusella Finocchiaro is the new President of the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna for the five year term 2015-2020. She was unanimously elected by secret ballot on the 6th July, 2015 during the first session of the Foundation’s Steering Committee.

Giusella Finocchiaro, who succeeds Marco Cammelli as President, had been appointed member of the new Steering Committee on the 25th May together with Luigi Balestra, Sara Bisulli, Mauro Brighi, Luigi Busetto, Valeria Cicala, Sergio Conti, Giuseppe Cremonesi, Gianluca Dradi, Onofrio Arduino Gianaroli, Carlo Guarnieri, Paola Lanzarini, Massimo Moscatelli, Daniela Oliva, Andrea Segrè, Siriana Suprani, Simone Spataro and Daniela Zannoni.

“Marco Cammelli leaves us a splendid legacy: a dynamic Foundation in excellent shape, which he has managed with great wisdom and sound judgment and which of course makes our task all the more challenging”. “Fortunately”, as Giusella Finocchiaro remarked, “we can rely on the considerable expertise of our colleagues on the Steering Committee and the Board of Directors”.

Professor Finocchiaro introduced the issues that the Foundation would deal with the course of her term of office, “as has been highlighted in the budget for the coming term,circumstances external to the Foundation have created a number of problems that we will have to face, namely fiscal pressure up by about 20% since December 2014, the obligation to diversify investments in implementing the ACRI-MEF protocol and a progressive decrease in expenditure from the peak of 2008 to a level that will be determined for next year, which might also record further restrictions.

The main directions in which we intend to lead the Foundation forward in the coming years are those of enhancing the value of certain areas of the Foundation on an international scale, increasingly promoting innovative projects, supporting the creativity of such proposals, improving communication between the Foundation and its stakeholders, not only by facilitating the circulation of announcements but also by organizing communication spaces for hearing and exchanging ideas with stakeholders and broadening the online use of the Foundation’s artistic and cultural heritage”.

At the end of the voting procedure, Giusella Finocchiaro, proposed an approximately 10% cut in the allowances of the Foundation’s President and Steering Committee, which was approved unanimously.



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.

Legal experts and international specialists will meet up to take part in a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Workshop

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




posted by admin on novembre 14, 2014

E-commerce and contracts, Events

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The 50th Working Group lV session on electronic commerce of the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was held in Vienna from the 10th to the 14th November 2014.

The Working Group is preparing a detailed document on electronic transferable records, which is likely to constitute the new Model Law.

During the 50th session the Working Group deliberated on notes by the Secretariat presenting the draft provisions on electronic transferable records.

The fifty-first session of Working Group lV is scheduled to be held at the UNO Headquarters in New York from the 18th to the 22nd May 2015.

posted by admin on ottobre 7, 2011

Electronic signatures, Events

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Professor Giusella Finocchiaro has been designated as the Italian representative at UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission for International Trade Law) – WG on electronic commerce.

The United Nations Commission will begin its work on on Electronic Commerce on Monday 10 October in Wien.

In the past, the UNCITRAL has led the development of electronic commerce by adopting the Model Law on Electronic Commerce (1996), the Model Law on Electronic Signatures (2001) and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in international Contracts (2005).

posted by admin on giugno 8, 2011


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To celebrate its tenth anniversary of professional activity the Finocchiaro Law Firm is pleased to present a stimulating new website, available online at www.studiolegalefinocchiaro.it.

The website’s dynamic new appearance features the updates and latest activities that drive our law firm and is in line with the groundbreaking innovation that characterizes our main professional specialization: Internet law.

All the activities of the firm and its founder Giusella Finocchiaro, namely conferences, training courses, press releases and news from the blog, can be kept up with on a day to day basis on our dynamic new homepage.

With the aim of providing a detailed description of the Law Firm’s professional activity all information regarding our firm, its professionals and publications has been updated on the main menu pages.  A new page “Our Services” has been designed to describe the specializations and services provided by our firm.

All the projects our Law Firm is involved in are examined in greater detail on the “Agenda & Events” page, where past and future events can be browsed through chronologically. Each entry has its own space where information and contacts for participation at conferences, seminars and workshops can be found.

The “Multimedia & Press “ page is our small window on communication where recent media features regarding the Finocchiaro Law firm are reported.  Videos and other material on our public activity can also be found in this section.

For convenient and rapid memos the “save/share” button that accompanies all the website posts gives everyone who is looking for practical information the opportunity to share any of the content on the site via email or on the main social networking sites.


posted by admin on gennaio 2, 2011


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Law & the Internet, the international version of the Finocchiaro Law Firm’s blog is now available.

Our new venture aims to offer an update about Italian laws dealing with the Internet and new technologies to everyone who wishes to keep up with these developments in English. The need for our new English language blog is a natural consequence of a considerable increase in activity on the international scene by Giusella Finocchiaro and her law firm.

The most frequently debated topics on the new blog will be: Privacy, Data Protection, Electronic Commerce, Electronic Signatures and Intellectual Property Rights.

Law & the Internet is one of the first extensive sources of information in English on Internet law in Italy.

The Finocchiaro Law Firm aims to offer new source materials through this new service in order to make its own personal contribution to the international debate in this field.


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