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Contracting with Electronic Agents

Anthony J. Bellia Jr.

Notre Dame Law School

Emory Law Journal, Vol. 50, 2001

Established contract doctrine provides no clear answer to the question whether exchanges arranged by the interaction of electronic agents are enforceable. This Article explores whether the law should enforce exchanges arranged by the interaction of electronic agents. It examine how normative theories of contractual obligation inform the issue, with an eye toward the strengths and weaknesses of each theory. The theories that most strongly support the enforcement of exchanges arranged by electronic agents, this Article explains, are those that ground contractual obligation in protecting the ability of individuals to pursue their reasonable objectives through reliable arrangements.

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Keywords: Contract, contract law, contract theory, electronic contracting, electronic agents

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Date posted: June 21, 2006  

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Bellia Jr., Anthony J., Contracting with Electronic Agents. Emory Law Journal, Vol. 50, 2001. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=910210

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