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Jurisdiction II: Global Networks/Local Rules

September 11-12, 2000
San Francisco, CA

Speaker Biographies

Mariana C. Silveira

Coordinator of E Commerce Project
National Center for American Free Trade, USA

Dr. Mariana C. Silveira is a graduate of the Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay (1991). She is a former associate of the law firm of Guyer & Regules (Montevideo, Uruguay), where she practiced as a litigator and a corporate attorney. In 1995, Dr. Silveira was awarded a Fulbright/Institute of International Education grant and obtained a Masters Degree in International Trade Law at the University of Arizona. In addition to her law degrees, she is a certified translator in English and French.

After completing her LL.M., Dr. Silveira was appointed Legal Researcher at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NLCIFT), where she participated in projects involving banking law, environmental law, international secured transactions, and electronic commerce and related issues (electronic model agreements and land and commercial registries), and the harmonization of international customs practices.

At present, Dr. Silveira is the Electronic Commerce Project Coordinator for the NLCIFT. She is involved in the in-depth research and analysis of e-commerce legislation, policies and proposals in Latin America. She oversees the progress of diverse e-commerce working groups and the drafting of a set of proposed Uniform Inter-American Rules on Electronic Documents and Signatures. On behalf of the NLCIFT, she has also acted as a consultant in e-commerce issues before the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the World Trade Organization, the Organization of American States and the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

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