Comparative Analysis of the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts and the Civil Law of Quebec

Vincent Gautrais, Report for Justice Canada, Uniform Law Conference of Canada, «Comparative Analysis of the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts and the Civil Law of Quebec» (08/2008)

[1] The main purpose of this document is to present a comparison between the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts (the Convention) and Quebec’s Act to establish a legal framework for information technology (the LFIT Act ) which effected far-reaching changes in the legal management of documents using information technology, and in particular the Civil Code of Québec (the C.C.Q.).

[2] The Department of Justice Canada instructed us to investigate whether it would be appropriate for Canada to accede to the Convention, having regard to Quebec law. This question is particularly sensitive from the standpoint of Quebec in that the LFIT Act contains a number of elements that distinguish it from equivalent legislation in the other provinces, this difference being particularly sensitive in that the other Canadian provinces have opted for a relatively uniform approach.

 

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