Prof. Xue Presented at APTFF 2017

Gratitude Letter_Prof. Hong Xue

ESCAP, ADB and the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Indonesia organized the 8th Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum from the 5-8 September 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The theme for this year’s APTFF is Trade Facilitation Innovations for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation is the leading regional platform for the exchange of information, experiences and practice on trade facilitation. The APTFF has been organized by UN ESCAP and ADB and growing number of partners since 2009. The Forum attracts over 250 participants from over 30 countries. This year’s Forum featured panel discussions, interactive sessions and an exhibition highlighting innovations and trends in trade facilitation in the Asia-Pacific region. The Forum also included a number of side-events providing more in-depth exploration of the pertinent trade facilitation issues. These events are held to maximize learning and capacity building on trade facilitation of participants attending the Forum. While the nature and number of side events vary every year, they generally include a study tour organized by the host country, as well as technical workshops co-organized with the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT), WCO or other members of the Global Facilitation Partnerships for Trade and Transport (GFP).

Prof. Xue presented on legal impact of international digital trade at the Session 3 Facilitating Trade Behind the Border: Creating an Enabling (Business) Environment for Cross-border trade on September 6, 2017. She also participated in the UNNExT Advisory Committee Meeting. On September 7, 2017, Prof. Xue moderated the UNCITRAL Side Event “Taking FTA Electronic Commerce Chapters Seriously: UNCITRAL Texts for Mutual Recognition of Electronic Communications and Signatures” and actively contributed to the Panel’s discussion and Q&A.

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IIPL Contributes to the first UN Agreement on Cross-Border Paperless Trade adopted

The United Nations Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (Framework Agreement)  has been adopted after three member states of UNESCAP , China, Bangladesh and Cambodia, deposited their signatures before September 1, 2017, the period open for signatures. According to the Framework Agreement, it will become effective after 5 member states ratify it.

This treaty is the first regional agreement of its kind to specifically focus on developing digital trade facilitation measures to achieve paperless trade across borders. Open to all 53 member States of ESCAP, the new treaty will support the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which entered into force in February 2017. It is also expected to help harmonize the growing number of bilateral and subregional paperless trade initiatives in the region. Prof. Xue’s paper “The Newest UN Treaty to Facilitate Cross-border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific: An Insight Preview” dedicated to the agreement has been formally accepted for publication on the prestigious  SSCI Journal of World Trade and will be availed online and physically in December 2017 in Geneva.

Prof. Xue, as the invited legal expert, took part in the both the Legal and Technical Working Group (IISG) meeting and the 3rd meeting of the Intergovernmental Steering Group on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation on the 21-24 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Significant progress was made on a draft road map for implementation of the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific. Prof. Xue gave a presentation on the international laws that are essential or complementary to the Framework Agreement at the Working Group meeting and her draft on implementation of Article 10 of the Framework Agreement was officially accepted as the supporting document for implementing the Road-map at the IISG meeting. Senior officials from 26 countries in the Asia-Pacific region participated in the Steering Group’s deliberations.

The Steering Group made significant improvement on a draft roadmap which outlines actions for successful implementation of the treaty. The Steering Group also agreed on a signing ceremony of the treaty to be held in August 2017. The text of the new treaty was adopted in May 2016 and opened for signature in New York later that year.


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UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records Adopted

On July 13, 2017, the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) released for implementation the Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (MLETR).  The MLETR legally enables the use of electronic transferable records that are functionally equivalent to transferable instruments including bills of lading, bills of exchange, promissory notes and warehouse receipts.  The use of electronic transferable records is expected to bring about benefits to electronic commerce including efficiency and security of transmission. Electronic transferable records are relevant for business areas such as transport and logistics and finance. The MLETR sets forth the requirements for the use and defines control as the functional equivalent of possession of a transferable instrument. The MLETR also provides guidance on the assessment of the reliability of the method used to manage the electronic transferable record, on change of medium and on cross-border aspects. The adoption of the principle of functional equivalence allows the MLETR to operate without affecting the substantive law. The adoption of the principle of technology neutrality allows to accommodate the use of all methods and technologies, including blockchain distributed ledgers).

JCP congratulates the successful completion of the MLETR project and the UNCITRAL Working Group IV that has been working on this very hard for years. Hopefully the new Model Law will be widely adopted around the world like the previous two Model Laws in the filed of e-commerce.

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国际电子商务法联合认证项目2017春季学术活动周 JCP 2017 Spring Week Series of Academic Events

国际贸易法委员会亚太地区中心(UNCITRAL RCAP)与北京师范大学(BNU)国际电子商务法联合认证项目(JCP)自2013年建立以来,于2014年至2016年成功举办了三届“国际电子商务法学术周”活动,包括学术研讨会、学术讲座、模拟法庭等,与教学科研紧密结合、良性互动,成效显著。在《中华人民共和国电子商务法》(草案)已经提请中国全国人大常委会初次审议的背景下,“联合认证项目第四届春季国际电子商务法学术周”(2017 Spring JCP Academic Week)活动将于2017年6月第一周在北京师范大学法学院举办,主要包括以下活动:2017年6月5日13:30“一带一路经济体跨境电子商务法律问题国际研讨会”在北师大法学院学术报告厅举行;2017年6月6日18点“国际电子商务法国际专家讲座”在北师大法学院1922教室举行;以及于2017年6月3日合作主办的“电子商务发展与立法国际研讨会”。


International Seminar on Legal Issues in Cross-Border E-Commerce Among One Belt One Road Economies


主办单位:北京师范大学互联网政策与法律研究中心(Beijing Normal University Institute for Internet Policy & Law)

合办单位:国际商会中国国家委员会海关与贸易便利化委员会(ICC China Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee )

日期、时间:20176513:30-17:00 / 5 June 2017 13:30-17:00

地点:北京师范大学法学院学术报告厅(北师大后主楼1822 / Beijing Normal University Law School Auditorium

主持人:北京师范大学互联网政策与法律研究中心主任 薛虹教授 / Prof. dr. Hong Xue, Director of BNU Institute for Internet Policy & Law

2017年6月5日下午,一带一路经济体跨境电子商务法律问题国际研讨会(International Seminar on Legal Issues in Cross-Border E-Commerce Among One Belt One Road Economies)在后主楼1824高铭暄学术会议室举行。本次研讨会是由北京师范大学互联网政策与法律研究中心主办国际商会中国国家委员会海关与贸易便利化委员会合办的本次研讨会由北京师范大学互联网政策与法律研究中心主任薛虹教授现场主持,中华人民共和国商务部条约法律司黄杰处长、阿里研究院电商研究中心副主任薛艳女士、亿邦动力总裁郑敏先生、网规研究中心主任阿拉木斯先生和联合国国际贸易法委员会Luca Castellani先生 / Mr. Luca Castellani出席本次研讨会并进行主题发言。阿里巴巴集团、亿邦动力国际电子商务股份有限公司等企业和联合国国际贸易法委员会的代表以及北京师范大学的师生代表共计40余人参加了会议。六位主讲人分别从不同方面对一带一路跨境电商法律问题提出了自己的研究成果和畅想。



薛艳副主任以 eWTP助力“一带一路”建设为主题,就一带一路倡议与网上丝绸之路;阿里大数据与各沿路国的接入程度;阿里实践的经验; eWTP畅想四个方面进行了深入的讲解。




Luca Castellani先生主要介绍了《联合国国际合同使用电子通讯公约》,他认为,实体贸易想要在现有各国法律体系上实现一体化很难,但跨境电商作为新生事物,应采用不同的模式,将联合国示范法推广到各国,以实现贸易便利化。他还认为跨境电商中,B2B虽然是不可避免的难点,但G2G更是难点。如何讲非歧视原则、功能等同原则、技术中立原则理想的适用于各国的司法、公法模式是我们要一直努力的工作,但现在更迫在眉睫的是怎么将该3个原则适用于跨境贸易便利化中。


本次研讨会是北京师范大学法学院“国际电子商务联合认证项目第四届春季国际电子商务法学术周”(2017 Spring JCP Academic Week)的系列活动之一。联合国国际贸易法委员会亚太地区中心(UNCITRAL RCAP)与北京师范大学(BNU)国际电子商务法联合认证项目(JCP)自2013年建立以来,于2014年至2016年成功举办了三届“国际电子商务法学术周”活动,包括学术研讨会、学术讲座、模拟法庭等,与教学科研紧密结合、良性互动,成效显著。


13:30-13:45 简要介绍 / Introduction

13:45-14:15 中国《电子商务法》草案中跨境电子商务法律制度 / Legal Systems on Cross-Border E-Commerce in the Draft of Chinese E-Commerce Law

主讲人:商务部条约法律司刘红处长 / Ms. Hong Liu, Treaty and Law Department, Ministry of Commerce

14:15-14:45  eWTP助力“一带一路”建设 / eWTP Empowers the Construction of One Belt One Road

主讲人:阿里研究院电商研究中心副主任薛艳女士 / Ms. Yan Xue, Deputy Director of E-Commerce Research Center, Ali Academy

14:45-15:15 跨境电子商务态势思考 / Thoughts on the Trend of Cross-Border E-Commerce

主讲人:亿邦动力总裁郑敏先生 / Mr. Min Zheng, CEO of of Ebrun International E-Commerce Inc.

15:15-15:45 国内法律下跨境电子商务的平台责任 / The Liability of Cross-border E-Commerce Platforms under the Domestic Laws

主讲人:网规研究中心主任阿拉木斯先生 / Mr. Alamusi, Director of Net Rules Research Center

15:45-16:15 联合国亚太地区跨境无纸化贸易便利化框架协议 / Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific

主讲人:北京师范大学互联网政策与法律研究中心主任薛虹教授 / Prof. dr. Hong Xue, Director of BNU Institute for Internet Policy & Law

16:15-16:45联合国国际合同使用电子通讯公约 / United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts

主讲人:联合国国际贸易法委员会Luca Castellani先生 / Mr. Luca Castellani, UNCITRAL

16:45-17:00 会议总结 / Conclusion


International Expert Lecture on International E-Commerce Law


日期、时间:20176月618:00-20:00 / 6 June 2017 18:00-20:00

地点:北京师范大学法学院1922教室 / Beijing Normal University Law School Classroom 1922

主持人:北京师范大学互联网政策与法律研究中心主任 薛虹教授 / Prof. dr. Hong Xue, Director of BNU Institute for Internet Policy & Law

主讲人:联合国国际贸易法委员会Luca Castellani先生 / Mr. Luca Castellani, UNCITRAL



International Symposium on E-Commerce Legislation and Industrial Development

2017年6月3日 3 June 2017′

主办单位:北京外国语大学 Beijing Foreign Studies University

支持单位:国际电子商务法联合认证项目 UNCITRAL RCAP-BNU Joint Certificate Program on International E-Commerce Law







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IIPL & CIS Joint Research Meeting on Pervasive Technologies of Mobile Internet

IIPL has been working diligently with its research partner Indian Center of Internet and Society (CIS) on the Issues in Mobile Internet and Access to Knowledge. The joint project has been going for two years. A couple of research exchanges, in-person meetings or virtual calls, have been arranged. Both parties have been working on four chapters on copyright, licensing, patent and anti-trust related issues on the Mobile Internet respectively in Chinese and Indian legal environment. A comprehensive review meeting was held at end of February 2017 in Macau, with the support of local research institutions. At the review meeting, both Chinese and Indian researchers of each chapter made the in-depth presentation on research methodology, progress and outlines of the contents. Prof. Xue presented, on behalf of the Chinese team, on all four chapters that have been working on from the Chinese side. 7 India young researchers presented respectively the chapters from the Indian side. International experts from Canada ICTSD and USA were invited to review the research and highly acknowledged the quality and value of the outputs.

Four pairs of the chapters from both countries showcase the very interesting landscape and potential of mobile Internet in two biggest Internet communities in the world. Both opportunities and caveats emerge from these research outputs. The upcoming comparative studies will be even more inspiring. The research is an epic one in both countries as well as in the whole world. Its final product will be an importance contribution to the research on the Internet 2.0 that is community-based, social-media centered and ubiquitous on wireless network. The two partners is going to present its research achievements to the regional community at the APrIGF at the end of July 2017.

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