Title: Implications of the country of origin principle in the E-Commerce Directive

Authors: Katarzyna Karasiewicz

Addresses: Warsaw University, Katedra Prawa Europejskiego, Krakowskie Przedmiescie 1, Warsaw 00-927, Poland

Abstract: Before the age of World Wide Web, entrepreneurs operated mostly within their states markets whereas nowadays all entrepreneurs operating online can reach a global marketplace. Beside obvious advantages to the current situation, there is also a huge threat related to it. Carrying out e-commerce activities is inevitably related to a legal risk of breaching foreign law and as a result getting hauled into foreign court or application of foreign law by entrepreneur|s national court. The only way to avoid or mitigate that kind of risk would be by complying with law on a global basis. But is it possible and how expensive would that be? [Revised Abstract]

Keywords: jurisdiction; country of origin; Electronic Commerce Regulations; EC Directive; e-commerce; legal risks; internet; foreign law; EU directive; European Union.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPL.2008.021234

International Journal of Private Law, 2008 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.343 - 357

Published online: 12 Nov 2008 *

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