APEC Workshop on Enhancing Regulatory Infrastructure for E-Commerce was successfully held on October 11-12 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Workshop aimed to identify the challenges, difficulties faced by the member economies in creating a favorable regulatory infrastructure e-commerce for business as well as updating e-commerce trends and issues arisen affecting the regional supply chain connectivity and institutional connectivity; share experiences, best practices from the APEC member economies especially from those economies that have developed e-commerce regulatory regimes and listen to voices of the private sectors to improve regulatory infrastructure; provide inputs for the implementation of the Phase II of  the SCFAP II; and make recommendations to APEC for further consideration and action if appropriately. Prof. Xue was invited as the Member of APEC Expert Council on e-Business Alliance to give a keynot speech on the Chinese E-Commerce Law and New Regulatory Environment. Officials from 21 APEC economies showed great interests in the Chinese new Law and raised many thoughtful questions. Prof. Xue explained the categories of e-commerce operators, responsibilities and liabilities of e-commerce platform operators in details to the audience. Prof. Xue also led the group discussion on the role of the  individual government and APEC to play for an enabling regulatory environment for e-commerce.


Day 1: 11 OCTOBER 2018

08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.10 Opening Speech

 By Mr Luong Hoang Thai, Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam.

09.10 – 09.20 Photo Session
09.20 – 10.00 Session 1: Overview of E-Commerce and the Study on E-Commerce regulations

 In this session, the speaker(s) will give an overview of e-commerce, its trends, current regulations, opportunities and challenges that affect business.

Moderator: Dr Toh See Kiat, Chairman, Goodwins Law Corporation and Commerce Net Singapore Limited.


-          Ms Ho Thi To Uyen, Viet Nam


10.00 – 10.15 Questions and Answers (Q&A)
10.15 – 10.35 Tea Break
10.35 – 11.45 Session 2:  New emerging and cross-cutting issues of e-commerce regulations (PANELIST)

In this session, it will focus on new emerging and cross-cutting issues of e-commerce regulations, exposed challenges in e-commerce from various aspects such as regulations, business capacity, markets, competitiveness, etc., with views of identifying and providing inputs for further discussion and addressing the issues.

Moderator: Dr JJ Pan, Asia Pacific Privacy Officer and Director of Public Policy, Acxiom Corp;


-          Ms Bui Thi Thanh Hang, Director, Viet Nam E-commerce and Digital Economy Agendy, Viet Nam;

-          Mr Hamanaka Shintaro, Overseas Research Fellow, IDE-JETRO;

-          Dr Toh See Kiat, Chairman, Goodwins Law Corporation and CommerceNet Singapore Limited.

11.45 – 12.00 Questions and Answers (Q&A)
12.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.10 Session 3: Sharing experiences in developing regulations for e-commerce

 In this session, the member economies will share their experiences in enhancing regulatory infrastructure for e-commerce as well as highlight their legislations in e-commerce.

Moderator: Mr Hamanaka Shintaro, Overseas Research Fellow, IDE-JETRO


-          Professor Dr. Hong Xue; Director of Beijing Normal University Institute for Internet Policy & Law (IIPL), Co-Director of UNCITRAL-BNU Joint Certificate Program on International E-Commerce Law, China; and

-          Dr Li Mosi, Professor, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China;

-          Pedro Alfredo ASTUDILLO PAREDES, Director Of Digitalization And Formalization, Ministry of Production, Peru;

-          Ms Evelyn Goh, Director (Policy, Technology and Trustmark), Personal Data Protection Commission (PPDC), Singapore;


15.10 – 15.30 Questions and Answers (Q&A)
15.30 – 15.50 Tea Break
15.50 – 16.50 Session 4: E – Commerce Regulations from the perspective of the private sector

In this session, the private sector will raise voices to contribute to e-commerce regulations with views of enhancing its regulatory infrastructure to enhance business practices and efficiency in e-commerce.

Moderator: Dr JJ Pan, Asia Pacific Privacy Officer and Director of Public Policy, Acxiom Corp;



 -          Ms Minh Hue Nguyen, Under-secretary of the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTC);

-          Ms Le Thi Thuy Trang, Legal Head, Tiki, Viet Nam;

-          Dr Toh See Kiat, Chairman, Goodwins Law Corporation and CommerceNet Singapore Limited.

16.40 – 17.00 Questions and Answers (Q&A)

End of Day 1

Day 2: 12 OCTOBER 2018

09.00 – 09.45 Session 5: E-Commerce and the APEC Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan 2017 – 2020 (SCFAP II) (PANELIST)

In this session, it will focus on e-commerce regulations as one of key components to improve supply chain connectivity in general, the APEC Supply Chain Connectivity Framework Action Plan 2017 – 2020 (SCFAP II) in particular. The speakers will present and share views on how member economies’ promulgation of e-commerce regulations can contribute to the SCFAP II.

Moderator: Ms Bui Thi Thanh Hang, Director, Viet Nam E-commerce and Digital Economy Agendy, Viet Nam


-          Ms Bui Thi Thanh Hang, Director, Viet Nam E-commerce and Digital Economy Agendy, Viet Nam;

-          Dr JJ Pan, Asia Pacific Privacy Officer and Director of Public Policy, Acxiom Corp;


09.45 – 10.00 Questions and Answers (Q&A)
10.00 – 10.20 Tea Break
10.20 – 11.30 Session 6: Group Discussion

 The two group will discuss:

(i)            What should individual government do to enhance regulatory infrastructure in e-commerce?

(ii)           What are the APEC’s roles?

 Moderator: Ms Pham Quynh Mai

 Facilitator 1: Dr Hong Xue.


11.30 – 11.50 Group Presentations
11.50 – 12.00 Closing

 By Ms Pham Quynh Mai, Viet Nam Senior Official to APEC, Deputy Director General, Multilateral Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Viet Nam.



中国电子商务法颁布 薛虹教授接受专访 Prof. Xue @ Media Interview on the China’s New E-Commerce Law

Chinese Electronic Commerce Law, after four official reviews at the Congress and several rounds of public consultation, was finally approved the the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee on August 31, 2018. Prof. Xue, as leading expert on the Expert Lawmaking Panel appointed by the NPC , took part all through the 5-year intensive research, investigation, drafting and annotation process . The Law that is creative, comprehensive and forward-looking in various areas will be effective as of January 1, 2019. The Law. It addresses a series of new legal issues that had never been regulated in any other laws, home and abroad.




“促进发展,规范秩序,保护权益”是《电子商务法》的宗旨。薛教授认为,“最终体现了各方利益的平衡。” 在各个利益方的博弈下,妥协是难免的。但法律最终呈现出来的效果,还是比较令人满意的










在薛虹看来, “在任何的法律、行政法规中规定有连带责任的,那就是适用连带责任;如果没有专门特别的规定,那就是用补充责任。” 相对于补充责任来说,当前规定使平台承担了更多的责任。“相应的责任”也就意味着,在食品、药品等重点领域,如果相应领域的法律条文以连带责任对平台进行要求,那么就适用连带责任。而非以补充责任涵盖所有的领域。




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International Expert Lecture on Artificial Intelligence and the Right to be Forgotten 国际专家讲座系列 人工智能与被遗忘权



2018 Autumn Inaugurating International Expert Public Lecture 

Artificial Intelligence and the Right to be Forgotten


There is no better chance to celebrate the enactment of the China’s E-Commerce Law on August 31, 2018 with a Public Lecture dedicating to innovative legal issues, i.e. AI and Erasure Right. In the first part, Dr. Liu offers a brief introduction to artificial intelligence, followed by a discussion on potential legal and policy issues associated with artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence that is poised to become the fourth industrial revolution, fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and learn. In the second part, Associate Professor Gehan Gunasekara examines the right to erasure (the so-called “right to be forgotten”) as it has taken shape in New Zealand both through common law and statutory developments. Focusing in particular on the Privacy Act 1993 he examines the connection between the need for erasure and related data privacy concerns, including the limits of correction, data quality and data retention limits. He argues that this bundle of rights is founded on respect for context and ought to be viewed as a societal right and not only an individual one. Finally, the presentation explores the special challenges arising from the digital sphere especially when information is linked or indexed online and hint at possible solutions. The BNU students, Chinese and international, enjoyed the lectures and interacted with the two experts actively.

Date: 4 September 2018, 18:00-19:40

Venue: BNU Law School Auditorium 1922


Beijing Normal University Institute for Internet Policy & Law; and,

UNCITRAL & BNU Joint Certificate Program on International E-Commerce Law

Moderator & Discussant:

Prof. Dr. Hong Xue, Director of Beijing Normal University Institute for Internet Policy & Law


Dr. Benjamin Liu, Senior Lecturer, Department of Commercial Law, Business School, University of Auckland

Prof. Gehan Gunasekara, Associate Professor, Department of Commercial Law, Business School, University of Auckland







讲座主题为“人工智能与被遗忘权”(Artificial Intelligence and the Right to be Forgotten),讲座专家为奥克兰大学商学院商法系高级讲师Benjamin Liu博士和奥克兰大学商学院商法系Gehan Gunasekara副教授。北京师范大学互联网政策与法律研究中心主任、联合国国际贸易法委员会亚太中心与北京师范大学国际电子商务法联合认证项目中方主任薛虹教授担任主持人与评议人。北师大法学院的十多位中外研究生以及留学生与访问、交换生参加了讲座,并与讲座专家进行了现场交流。

在第一部分中,Benjamin Liu博士简要介绍了人工智能,然后讨论了与人工智能相关的潜在法律和政策问题。人工智能有望成为第四次工业革命,从根本上改变我们的生活、工作和学习方式。在第二部分中,Gehan Gunasekara副教授将通过普通法和法定发展审查新西兰已经形成的擦除权(所谓的“被遗忘权”)。Gehan Gunasekara副教授特别关注1993年的隐私法案,研究擦除需求与相关数据隐私问题之间的关系,包括纠正限制,数据质量和数据保留限制。他讲到,建立在尊重背景的基础上的这一系列权利,应该被视为一种社会权利,而不仅仅是个人权利。此外,Gehan Gunasekara副教授探讨数字领域带来的特殊挑战,尤其是在线上链接或索引信息并提出了相应的解决方案。

最后,十多位中外研究生以及留学生与访问、交换生提出了富有价值的问题,并与Benjamin Liu博士、Gehan Gunasekara副教授进行了热烈的讨论。

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Prof. Xue Addressed at the International Conference on Promoting Connectivity for an Inclusive Asia and the Pacific

International trade is a key driving force behind economic growth that since 1990 has listed more than a billion people out of poverty in Asia and the Pacific. However, in the years since the global financial crisis, trade growth has fallen behind GDP growth, after outpacing it for many decades. Despite early signs of a recovery in the growth of world trade, the global economic environment is still uncertain, and much remains to be done to realize potential trade outcomes for inclusive growth. The International Conference on Promoting Connectivity for an Inclusive Asia and the Pacific organized by Asia Development Bank (ADB) was held on June 27–28, 2018 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Prof. Xue was invited by the ADB and UNESCAP to present “Facilitation of Digital Trade Laws, Measures and Recent Developments in China” under the theme “Overview of Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation”. She gave a comprehensive overview on the legal issues related to the SW facilities, the role of e-commerce platform services and international cooperation in cross-border e-commerce. She also briefly introduced the Chinese new E-Commerce Law. Her presentation was well received by the Central Asia audience and responded to many questions.

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