Book publication: Electronic signatures in law

esig-coverSignatures and, more recently, digital evidence are at the heart of many legal translators’ work, so I’m sure that readers will be interested in this 4th edition of Electronic Signatures in Law by Stephen Mason, a barrister and research fellow.


The fourth edition of this book provides an update on the European Union Regulation that repeals the EU Directive in electronic signatures, together with an update of the case law across the world. It provides a practical guide to understanding electronic signatures, setting out an analysis of what constitutes an electronic signature, the form an electronic signature can take, the forgery of electronic signatures, and issues relating to evidence, formation of contract and negligence.

The case law on electronic signatures covers a vast range of law, including: employment, family, divorce proceedings, formation of contracts, insurance, e-wills, public administration, judicial use, Statute of Frauds, property transactions, local government planning, criminal procedure, and corporations.

The text includes case law from 38 jurisdictions: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England & Wales, Estonia, European Patent Office, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States of America, and Zimbabwe.


  1. The signature
  2. International initiatives
  3. The practical issues in using electronic signatures in different jurisdictions
  4. The European Union
  5. England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
  6. Introduction to the main forms of electronic signature
  7. Electronic sound
  8. The ‘click wrap’ and ‘browse wrap’ methods of indicating intent
  9. A Personal Identification Number
  10. Typing a name in an electronic document
  11. The name in an e-mail address
  12. A manuscript signature that has been scanned
  13. Biodynamic version of a manuscript signature
  14. Digital signatures
  15. Liability and digital signatures
  16. Evidence and digital signatures
  17. Data protection

The book is available in hardback, paperback and Kindle versions, as well as an Open Access PDF that can be downloaded here. See further details on the Humanities Digital Library OBserving Law project page here.

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