Legal & regulatory frameworks

UNCITRAL: Law On Electronic Commerce


The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. UNCITRAL’s core business is the modernization and harmonization of rules on international business.
Trade means faster growth, higher living standards, and new opportunities through commerce. In order to increase these opportunities worldwide, UNCITRAL is formulating modern, fair, and harmonized rules on commercial transactions. These include: conventions, model laws and rules which are acceptable worldwide; legal and legislative guides and recommendations of acknowledged practical value; updated information on case law and enactments of uniform commercial law; technical assistance in law reform projects; regional and national seminars on uniform commercial law.
UNCITRAL texts in the field of electronic commerce have been particularly successful and provided the basis for national legislation in a large number of jurisdictions. Those texts include the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts.

For whom

Law makers
Legal professionals

Services offered

Capacity Building

The UNCITRAL Secretariat organises and participates in conferences, workshops and other meetings aimed at building capacity in the adoption, interpretation and application of UNCITRAL texts on electronic commerce.

Technical Assistance

The UNCITRAL Secretariat offers technical assistance to law-makers and other interested stakeholders in drafting and reviewing legislation based on UNCITRAL texts.


International Organizations
  • World Bank
  • ITU
Regional Commissions
  • UN ECE
  • European Commission

Reports on UNCITRAL technical assistance activities are made available yearly to the Commission. A separate report may be submitted by the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific. Those reports are available on the UNCITRAL website.

Meet the beneficiaries

Global acceptance of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce

The UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce has been enacted in about :





It has thus become the global legislative benchmark for the law of electronic transactions.