About the University
The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) is an institution of legal education focusing on undergraduate and graduate legal and policy education in India.
About the Conducting Body
The Chair of International Trade Laws – CITL has been established in NLSIU under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India with an aim to provide legal research and interest in International trade laws.
About the Conference
The round-table discussion titled “Legal challenges to New Business Frontiers in E-Commerce and Trade”, will be in the form of a one-day conference co-hosted at the National Law School of India University in partnership with Vesauils College, Brussels on May 7th, 2019.
The speaker panel will involve a number of eminent domain experts such as – Mr. Alexander Egberts, Dr. Arpita Mukherjee and Divij Joshi.
With the increasing penetration of e-commerce in domestic and global trade various economic and legal issues affecting trade have emerged.
The objective of this conference is to set out key issues that will add to the discourse and jurisprudence surrounding a select cross-section of issues affecting e-commerce both in India and abroad.
The issues proposed to be discussed are as follows:
The E-Commerce Regime in the European Union and India: A Comparison
E-commerce has changed not merely how consumers shop, but also the range of providers from which consumers can buy products and services.
The growth of e-commerce has the potential to increase competition within retail markets, to greatly enhance consumer choice, and to prompt and facilitate innovation in product distribution.
The European Union possesses a robust regime on e-commerce, featuring most prominently E-Commerce Directive 2000/31/EC that regulates a variety of services and applies to all corporations whose clients are located in Europe.
The Directive on Consumer Rights (2011) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation are equally important here, as is the Digital Single Market framework introduced in 2015.
However, the regime faces challenges in areas of taxation, privacy and maintaining the ease of doing business whilst implementing regulations.
India, on the other hand, recently saw a strict stance adopted by its authorities, with the new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rules in E-Commerce, in addition to a new draft policy that focuses on private safeguards and data localization, which are both likely to increase operating costs for the sector.
In the context of the above developments, the following issues are outlined for discussion are as below:
- What are the challenges faced by the EU in regards its e-commerce regime?
- What are the successful mechanisms within the EU that India could take note of?
- What are the likely outcomes of the stance taken by Indian regulators for investment and trade in India’s growing e-commerce sector?
Publication of conference proceedings:
The deliberations of each session and the respective outcomes will be published jointly by NLSIU and Vesaulis.
Both will make individual efforts to publish the proceedings in other journals in their respective universities/countries. Efforts will be made to release the publication within a period of  days from the date of the conference.
Issuance of certificates to students participating in the seminar:
Students (both within and outside of NLSIU) participating in the conference will be issued certificates of participation.
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