[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 184 (Friday, September 21, 2012)]
[Page 58607]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23342]



[Public Notice 8038]

U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Private 
International Law (ACPIL)--Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Study Group

    The Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International 
Law, Department of State, hereby gives notice that the ACPIL ODR Study 
Group will hold a public meeting. The ACPIL ODR Study Group will meet 
to discuss the next session of the UNCITRAL ODR Working Group, 
scheduled for November 5-9 in Vienna, and will specifically address 
security issues relating to the use of the ODR Rules, including 
measures to address the risk of fraud involving consumers who 
participate. This is not a meeting of the full Advisory Committee.
    The UNCITRAL ODR Working Group is charged with the development of 
legal instruments for resolving both business to business and business 
to consumer cross-border electronic commerce disputes. The Working 
Group is in the process of developing generic ODR procedural rules for 
resolution of cross-border electronic commerce disputes, along with 
separate legal instruments that may take the form of annexes on 
guidelines and minimum requirements for online dispute resolution 
providers and arbitrators, substantive legal principles for resolving 
disputes, and a cross-border enforcement mechanism. One of the key 
issues that the working group is addressing is the identification of 
security issues relating to use of the ODR Rules, including measures to 
address the risk of fraud involving consumers who participate.
    For the reports of the first four sessions of the UNCITRAL ODR 
Working Group--December 13-17, 2010, in Vienna (A/CN.9/716); May 23-27, 
2011, in New York (A/CN.9/721); Nov. 14-18, 2011, in Vienna (A/CN.9/
739) and May 21-25, 2012, in New York (A/CN.9/744)--please follow the 
following link: http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/commission/working_groups/3Online_Dispute_Resolution.html. Documents relating to the 
upcoming session of the Working Group should be available on the same 
link in advance of the public meeting.
    Time and Place: The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 
18, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT in Room 240, South Building (SA-4) 
(Navy Hill). Participants should arrive at Navy Hill before 12:30 p.m. 
for visitor screening. Participants will be met at the Navy Hill gate 
at 23rd and D Streets NW., and will be escorted to the South Building. 
Persons arriving later will need to make arrangements for entry using 
the contact information provided below. If you are unable to attend the 
public meeting and would like to participate from a remote location, 
teleconferencing will be available.
    Public Participation: This meeting is open to the public, subject 
to the capacity of the meeting room.
    Access to Navy Hill is strictly controlled. For pre-clearance 
purposes, those planning to attend in person are requested to email or 
phone Tricia Smeltzer ([email protected], 202-776-8423) or Niesha 
Toms ([email protected], 202-776-8420) and provide your full name, 
address, date of birth, citizenship, driver's license or passport 
number, affiliation, and email address. This will greatly facilitate 
    A member of the public needing reasonable accommodation should 
advise Ms. Smeltzer or Ms. Toms not later than October 11. Requests 
made after that date will be considered, but might not be able to be 
fulfilled. If you would like to participate by telephone, please 
contact Ms. Smeltzer or Ms. Toms to obtain the call-in number and other 
    Data from the public is requested pursuant to Public Law 99-399 
(Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986), as 
amended; Public Law 107-56 (USA PATRIOT Act); and Executive Order 
13356. The purpose of the collection is to validate the identity of 
individuals who enter Department facilities. The data will be entered 
into the Visitor Access Control System (VACS-D) database. Please see 
the Security Records System of Records Notice (State-36) at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/103419.pdf for additional 

    Dated: September 11, 2012.
Michael J. Dennis,
Office of Private International Law, Office of the Legal Adviser, 
Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2012-23342 Filed 9-20-12; 8:45 am]