Public Roundtable on Consumer Aspects of Hague Convention

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Conference Description

The FTC, in consultation with other government agencies, held a public roundtable discussion on the consumer aspects of the Proposed Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and Foreign Judgments being negotiated by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the Convention). Since 1992, the U.S. government, led by the State Department and assisted by the Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, FTC, and other agencies, had been negotiating the Convention, which would establish international rules on jurisdiction and enforcement of foreign judgments. The draft Convention that was developed raised many issues, particularly in the areas of e-commerce for business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) transactions, where stakeholders disagree on appropriate jurisdiction rules. The purpose of the public roundtable was to allow all interested stakeholders to provide input to U.S. government officials on three specific issues raised by the draft Convention that are particularly relevant to consumer interests: B2C contracts, informational torts, and physical torts.

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