UNCTAD´s Development Solution

E-Commerce and Law Reform

Developing legal frameworks to build trust

Program in a Nutshell

Created in 2002

60 activities carried out​


  • Building Skills and Training
  • Policy Advice, Support and Formulation


  • Finland
  • Republic of Korea

Geographical scope​

Partner : UNCTAD

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For e-commerce to succeed and spur development gains it must be trusted by both buyers and sellers of online goods and services. This well-established programme helps you develop the most appropriate legal, institutional and policy frameworks to build confidence in e-commerce.

The wide range of areas covered includes consumer protection, cybersecurity, intellectual property and electronic signatures. Ultimately, the aim is to help you build a legal environment that promotes secure online business and economic wellbeing.

  • Building Skills and Training

      • Learn how to draft legal frameworks through online and face-to-face training sessions, organized by region and by country
      • Exchange and learn about e-commerce legislation harmonization through regional training activities
  • Policy Advice, Support and Formulation

      • Gain access to expert reviews and inventories of e-commerce legislation
      • Get help assessing, revising and drafting legal and regulatory frameworks
      • Participate in validation round tables with national stakeholders to discuss and finalize draft legal frameworks
      • Get expert advice for parliamentarians on enacting effective laws
  • A harmonized framework for cyberlaws

    • Since its beginnings, E-Commerce and Law Reform has introduced the legal dimension of ICTs to:

    • 20
      LDCs worldwide
      developing countries in Africa
      developing countries in Asia
      developing countries in Latin America & the Caribbean
    • Under the programme’s guidance, the East African Community became the first African region to adopt a harmonized framework for cyberlaws.

      Through its services, the programme has also helped bring about the following:

    • 6
      laws, acts or bill laws, acts or bill
      revised in 3 countries between 2014 and 2016
      regional reviews
      published about e-commerce legislation harmonization
      at Expert Group Meetings on cyberlaws and data protection in 2015 & 2016
    • The workshop was an invaluable opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss key issues on commerce and cyberlaw harmonization. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I am confident the knowledge gained will help us develop an enabling environment for the regional ICT sector.
      Ms. Angela Sinaswee-Gervais
      Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration
      Trinidad and Tobago
  • The first online tool for a global mapping of cyberlaw

    • The UNCTAD Global Cyberlaw Tracker, allows you to map laws on e-transactions, cybercrime, data protection and online consumer protection. It helps you to know where you stand thanks to Comparative Regional Reviews – and plan your next steps accordingly.

    • To discover more about cybercrime challenges, you can watch this video