The Statute of Frauds in the Digital Age - Maintaining the Integrity of Signatures

Christensen, Sharon A., Duncan, William D., & Low, Rouhshi (2003) The Statute of Frauds in the Digital Age - Maintaining the Integrity of Signatures. ELaw Journal: Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, 10(4).


The article examines the development of the legal requirements for signature in paper based land contracts in Australia using the state of Queensland as an exemplar for other Australian jurisdictions. It discusses the conditions required by the Statute of Frauds for a valid signature in relation to electronic signatures, and also considers different frameworks developed for regulating electronic signatures. The article propounds the view that current Australian legislation purporting to validate electronic transactions provides inadequate protection to parties entering electronic land transactions, urging adoption of the two tiered approach in the Model Law on Electronic Signatures.

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ID Code: 4281
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The articles in this journal are freely available from the journal's website (see link).
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Keywords: Electronic commerce, Electronic signature, Digital signature, Statute of Frauds
ISSN: 1321-8247
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 E Law and (The authors)
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Deposited On: 25 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 05:58

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