Working Group IV

Working Group IV
Electronic Commerce

About WG 4

UNCITRAL has established six working groups to perform the substantive preparatory work on topics within the Commission's program of work. Each of the working groups is composed of all member States of the Commission.  Since 1992 Working Group IV has been engaged in issues related to Electronic Commerce. The Working Group’s name was originally Electronic Data Interchange, but was changed in 1997 to Electronic Commerce. The Working Group 


Model laws

Legislative guides and recommendations

Explanatory texts

Colloquia Material


Current program of Working Group IV - Electronic Transferable Records

In 2009, UNCITRAL requested the Secretariat to prepare a study on Electronic Transferable Records based on proposals received at that session. Following a symposium on the relevant topics: electronic transferable records, identity management, electronic commerce conducted with mobile devices and electronic single window facilities, UNCITRAL mandated Working Group IV to undertake work in the field of Electronic Transferable Records. Specifically UNCITRAL stated that this work would be beneficial for the generic promotion of electronic communications in international trade and to address specific issues, such as assisting in the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (the Rotterdam Rules). 

In October 2011, in Vienna, the Working Group began its work on the various legal issues relating to the use of Electronic Transferable Records.  The Working Group met in Vienna in late 2012 to prepare its initial draft and concepts with respect to a model law of Electronic Transferable Records. The Working Group left open the final form of its work. In May 2013 at New York, the Working Group began reviewing the draft provisions on electronic transferable records. In December 2013, May 2014 and November 2014 the Working Group continued the detailed consideration of the draft provisions.  The 51st session of Working Group will be held in New York in May 2015.  It is anticipated that its work on Electronic Transferable Records will be completed in 2015.

Future Work of Working Group IV


Co-Chairs Working Group IV



A comprehensive bibliography is available at:

UNCITRAL Electronic Commerce Bibliography