Real world commerce is largely built on a fabric of contracts. Considered abstractly, a contract is an agreed framework of rules used by separately interested parties to coordinate their plans in order to realize cooperative opportunities, while simultaneously limiting their risk from each other's misbehavior. Electronic commerce is encouraging the growth of contract-like mechanisms whose terms are partially machine understandable and enforceable.
The First IEEE International Workshop on Electronic Contracting (WEC) is the forum to discuss innovative ideas at the interface between business, legal, and formal notions of contracts. The target audiences will be researchers, scientists, software architects, contract lawyers, economists, and industry professionals who need to be acquainted with the state of the art technologies and the future trends in electronic contracting. The event will take place in San Diego, California, USA on July 6 2004. IEEE SIEC 2004 will be held in conjunction with The International Conference on Electronic Commerce (IEEE CEC 2004).
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
* Contract languages and user interfaces
* Computer aided contract design, construction, and composition
* Computer aided approaches to contract negotiation
* "Smart Contracts"
* "Ricardian Contracts"
* Electronic rights languages
* Electronic rights management and transfer
* Contracts and derived rights
* Relationship of electronic and legal enforcement mechanisms
* Electronic vs legal concepts of non-repudiation
* The interface between automatable terms and human judgement
* Kinds of recourse, including deterrence and rollback
* Monitoring compliance
* What is and is not electronically enforceable?
* Trans-jurisdictional commerce & contracting
* Shared dynamic ontologies for use in contracts
* Dynamic authorization
* Decentralized access control
* Security and dynamism in Supply Chain Management
* Extending "Types as Contracts" to mutual suspicion
* Contracts as trusted intermediaries
* Anonymous and pseudonymous contracting
* Privacy vs reputation and recourse
* Instant settlement and counter-party risk
Submissions and Important Dates:
Full papers must not exceed 20 pages printed using at least 11-point type and single spacing. All papers should be in Adobe portable document format (PDF) format. The paper should have a cover page, which includes a 200-word abstract, a list of keywords, and author's e-mail address on a separate page. Authors should submit a full paper via electronic submission to email@example.com. All papers selected for this conference are peer-reviewed. The best papers presented in the conference will be selected for special issues of a related computer science journal.
* Submissions must be received no later than January 10, 2004.
* Authors will be notified of their submission's status by March 2, 2004
* Camera-Ready versions must be received by April 2, 2004