Dr Alan Davidson

Senior Lecturer

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
a.davidson@law.uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52294

Overview

Dr Alan Davidson is a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia. He practiced law for more than a decade before moving into academia full time. He was engaged as an Assistant Professor at Bond University, lecturer at Queensland University of Technology including acting Head of School, and Associate Dean at James Cook University before commencing at the University of Queensland in 1997.

Since 2011 Dr Davidson has participated in UNCITRAL Working Group IV in Vienna and New York biannually, and in 2014 was invited to join its Panel of Experts to assist with the future directions of the Working Group. Dr Davidson has been invited to be a foundation Councillor for the newly formed UNCITRAL Electronic Commerce Texts - Advisory Council. He is a Director and Fellow of UNCCA and is its Education Director arranging for students nationally to attend Working Group sessions (36 students to date). Dr Davidson's PhD is in the field of international banking law, specifically Letters of Credit Transactions. He is a Fellow of the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice and a member of the Asia Advisory Council and the Council of International Standby Practices of the Institute. He regularly speaks at the conferences for the Institute in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. He presents courses at the TC Beirne School of Law in International Trade Law, International Trade Finance Law, Banking Law and Electronic Commerce Law. He has been a visiting academic in the USA, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and China.

His book Social Media and Electronic Commerce Law has been published in 2 editions by Cambridge University Press. He has also published The Internet for Lawyers and The Internet for Accountants and numerous interactive computer based workbooks and teaching manuals. He was joint author of two editions of the monograph Company Meetings. His publications have appeared in the Australian Law Journal, the Journal of International Banking and Finance Law, the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education and the International Trade Law Annual. For nine years he authored over 100 articles for Queensland Law Society Journal, Proctor on CyberLaw.

Research Interests

  • International Trade Finance Law
  • Electronic commerce law
  • Law and technology
  • Privacy
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Dipl Law, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Laws, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Wollongong

Publications

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Available Projects

  • International Trade Law covers a diverse range of topics. Potential projects include:

    • the practice and regulation of the finance of international trade;
    • commercial letters of credit in international trade;
    • the role of the banks in the financing of international trade;
    • a comparative analysis of the UN Convention on International Sales of Goods;
    • the use of trade terms in international trade – Incoterms

    For further information contact Dr Alan Davidson, e: a.davidson@law.uq.edu.au

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). Application of the Electronic Communications Convention to the CISG. In Ingeborg Schwenzer and Lisa Spagnolo (Ed.), The Electronic CISG: 7th MAA Schlechtriem CISG Conference (International Commerce and Arbitration) (pp. 21-41) Netherlands: Eleven International Publishing.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). Electronic commerce law. In Clive Turner and John Trone (Ed.), Australian commercial law 31 ed. (pp. 315-336) Sydney, Australia: Lawbook Co..

  • Davidson, Alan (2015). Electronic Commerce Law. In Clive Turner and John Trone (Ed.), Australian Commercial Law 30th ed. (pp. 305-326) Sydney, Australia: Lawbook Co..

  • Davidson, Alan (2013). Electronic Commerce Law. In Law Book Co (Ed.), Australian Commercial Law 29th ed. (pp. 289-310) Sydney, Australia: Lawbook Co..

  • Davidson, Alan (2013). Electronic commerce law. In Clive Turner and John Trone (Ed.), Australian commercial law 29th ed. (pp. 289-310) Pyrmont, NSW, Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Davidson, Alan (2011). The Law of Electronic Commerce. In Clive Turner (Ed.), Australian Commercial Law 28th ed. (pp. 289-310) Pymont, NSW, Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). The Law of Electronic Commerce. In Clive Turner (Ed.), Australian Commercial Law 27th Edition 27th ed. (pp. 249-267) Pymont NSW: Thomson Reuters.

  • Davidson, A (2006). Law of Electronic Commerce. In Clive Turner (Ed.), Australian Commercial Law 26 ed. (pp. 239-258) Sydney: Thomson Lawbook Company.

  • Davidson, A. (2004). The law of electronic commerce. In Clive Turner (Ed.), Australian Commercial Law 25 ed. (pp. 293-316) Sydney: Lawbook Co.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Davidson, Alan (2018). Adoption of the UNCITRAL model law of electronic transferable records. In: International Conference on Legal Aspects of Information and Communication Technology, Iran Information Technology Organization - University of Science and Culture, Iran, (). 24-25 February 2018.

  • Davidson, Alan (2018). Correlations between the Electronic Commerce Convention, the Vienna Convention on the Sale of Goods, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. In: Fourth Annual UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee Australia Conference Canberra, University of Canberra, (). 25 May 2018.

  • Davidson, Alan (2018). Issues paper on cloud computing contracts. In: Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) UNCITRAL, UN Headquarters New York, (). 16-20 April 2018.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). Are nominated banks 'Agents'. In: 2017 Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Letter of Credit Law and Practice Singapore, Singapore, (). 10-11 July 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). Automatic extension clauses: traps and alternatives. In: 2017 Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Guarantee and Standby Law and Practice Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (). 7 July 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). Checklist in Relation to Cloud Computing. In: Expert Panel of Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce), UNCITRAL, UNCITRAL Headquarters, UN Complex, Vienna, (). 20-21 November 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). Developing Principles - Identity Management and Trust Services. In: Expert Panel of Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce), UNCITRAL Headquarters, UN Complex Vienna, (). 23-24 November 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). Identity management and trust services: a review. In: Expert Panel of Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce), UNCITRAL, Vienna, Austria, (). 23-24 November 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). Judicial adherence to the 'Byrne Expectation': Forwarding Documents under the UCP600. In: 2017 Annual Conference on Letter of Credit Law and Practice Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (). 8 July 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). The classification of independent undertakings. In: 2017 Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Guarantee and Standby Law and Practice, Singapore, (). 12 July 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). The fraud exception updated. In: 2017 Law Summit, Singapore, (). 13 July 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2017). The impact of blockchain technology on commercial letters of credit and eDocuments. In: 2017 Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Letter of Credit Law and Practice Singapore, Singapore, (). 10-11 July 2017.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). Forum non conveniens and the advising bank in letters of credit. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Letter of Credit Law and Practice Singapore, Singapore, (). 11-12 July 2016.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). Independent and dependent instruments: drafting issues. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Guarantee and Standby Law and Practice Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (). 8 July 2016.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). Letters of credit and fraud: the big picture. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Letter of Credit Law and Practice Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (). 9 July 2016.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). Mistake by applicant in the letter of credit application: compliance issues. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Letter of Credit Law and Practice Singapore, Singapore, (). 11-12 July 2016.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). The Electronic Communications Convention and Model Law of Electronic Transferable Records. In: UQ Trade Law Forum Celebrating 50 Years of UNCITRAL, Supreme Court of Queensland, Brisbane, (). 2 December 2016.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). The Electronic Communications Convention in India. In: Celebrating UNCITRAL's 50 Years Global Standards for Rule-based Commerce, New Delhi, (). 28-29 November 2016.

  • Davidson, Alan (2016). Unconscionability claims excluded in performance bonds. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice Annual Conference on Guarantee and Standby Law and Practice Singapore, Singapore, (). 13 July 2016.

  • Davidson, Alan (2015). Asia Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law & Practice. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Hong Kong, (). 11 July 2015.

  • Davidson, Alan (2015). Asia Guarantee & Standby Forum. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Hong Kong, (). 10 July 2015.

  • Davidson, Alan (2015). SE Asia Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law & Practice. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Singapore, (). 13-14 July 2015.

  • Davidson, Alan (2015). SE Asia Guarantee & Standby Forum. In: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Singapore, (). 14 July 2015.

  • Davidson, Alan (2015). UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Incheon Spring Conference. In: Ability of the Electronic Communications Convention to 'electrify' Other Treaties (NY Convention, CISG Etc) and Other Electronic Commerce Laws, Songdo Convension, Incheon, Republic of Korea, (). 4-5 June.

  • Davidson, Alan (2014). New Challenges to the Independence Principle: Implied Negative Stipulations. In: Guarantee and Standby Conference: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Singapore Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre, (). 14 July 2014.

  • Davidson, Alan (2014). Silent Confirmations Revisited. In: Annual Letter of Credit Law and Practice Conference: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Hong Kong – Harbour Plaza North Point, (). 12 July 2014.

  • Davidson, Alan (2014). The Cancellation of the Letter of Credit Obligation by the Issuer's Legal Personal Representative. In: Guarantee and Standby Conference: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Hong Kong – Harbour Plaza North Point, (). 11 July 2014.

  • Davidson, Alan (2014). The Demise of the South African Arbitration Exception. In: Annual Letter of Credit Law and Practice Conference: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Singapore Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre, (). 15-16 July 2014.

  • Davidson, Alan (2014). Trouble Practice and Legal Trends: Strict Compliance, SWIFT Messaging and Multiple Refusals. In: Annual Letter of Credit Law and Practice Conference: Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Singapore Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre, (). 15-16 July 2014.

  • Davidson, Alan (2013). A Comparative Analysis of the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts: The Australian Experience. In: Second International Conference on Comparative Law and Global Common Law and Inaugural Meeting of the Asia Academy of Comparative Law; Beijing, China University of Political Science and the Law, Beijing, (). 27-28 September 2013.

  • Davidson, Alan (2013). Practical Issues: The Australian Foreign Investment Review Board. In: Enhancing the Investment Environment in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economies, with China University of Political Science and the Law, Beijing, China University of Political Science and the Law, Beijing, (). 16, 17 and 18 September 2013.

  • Davidson, Alan (2013). The Australian Position: UN Convention on Electronic Communication. In: UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific - University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Conference - A Modern Legal Framework to Enable Global Trade: the New Legislation on Arbitration and on Electronic Transactions, MBA Theatre UQ Business School Downtown Level 19, Central Plaza 1 345 Queen Street Brisbane, (). 5 February 2013.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Abusive Drawings, Unconscionability, Illegality and Fraud in Guarantees. In: 2009 Hong Kong Guarantee and Standby Conference, Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Regal Kowloon Hotel; Kowloon, Hong Kong, (). 14 July 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Abusive Drawings, Unconscionability, Illegality and Fraud in Guarantees (repeat). In: 2009 Singapore Guarantee and Standby Conference; Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, Singapore, (). 20 July 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Developments in Letter of Credit Fraud. In: 2009 Law Summit, Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Bingham MCutchen LLP, 399 Park Avenue New York, NY, (). 20 October 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Electronic Mail and Online Presence. In: Mandatory CPD for Inhouse Counsel, Legalwise Seminars Pty Ltd, Chifley on Lennons, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, (126-140). 29 July 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Electronic Originals in Letters of Credit. In: 2009 New York Guarantee and Standby Conference, Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Bingham MCutchen LLP, 399 Park Avenue New York, NY, (). 19 October 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Electronic Transactions Legislation Internationally. In: World Bank Training Program for Judges of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, (). 14 August 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Email, Practice and Evidentiary Requirements. In: World Bank Training Program for Judges of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, (). 15 August 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Guarantees, Fraud and Ultra Vires. In: 2009 Singapore Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law and Practice Conference; Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, Singapore, (). 16-17 July 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Independent Undertakings, Letters of Credit and Guarantees. In: World Bank Training Program for Judges of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, (). 12 August 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Jurisdiction in Cyberspace. In: World Bank Training Program for Judges of the Court of Appeal of Sri Lanka, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, (327-349). 15 August 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Legislative Restrictions in Electronic Contracting. In: Journal of International Commercial Law Seminar Series, Law, School, George Mason University, Virginia, USA, (). 26 October 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Post Honour Recovery vs Beneficiary for False Statement. In: 2009 Hong Kong Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law and Practice Conference; Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Regal Kowloon Hotel; Kowloon, Hong Kong, (). 13 July 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Post Honour Recovery vs Beneficiary for False Statement (repeat). In: 2009 Singapore Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law and Practice Conference; Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, Singapore, (). 16-17 July 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). The Impact of the Economy on Commercial Letters of Credit. In: 2009 Hong Kong Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law and Practice Conference, Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Regal Kowloon Hotel; Kowloon, Hong Kong, (). 13 July 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). The Impact of the Economy on Commercial Letters of Credit (repeat). In: 2009 Singapore Annual Survey of Letter of Credit Law and Practice Conference; Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, Singapore, (). 16-17 July 2009.

  • Davidson, Alan (2009). Unconscionability As an Exception to the Independence Principle. In: 2009 Law Summit, Institute of International Banking Law and Practice, Bingham MCutchen LLP, 399 Park Avenue New York, NY, (). 20 October 2009.

  • Davidson, A. (2004). Spam, surveillance, spyware and internet issues. In: Holmes, Yvette, Law teachers conference, Parliament House, Brisbane August 2004. Law Teachers Conference, Parliament House, Brisbane, (1-14). 27-28 August 2004.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • International Trade Law covers a diverse range of topics. Potential projects include:

    • the practice and regulation of the finance of international trade;
    • commercial letters of credit in international trade;
    • the role of the banks in the financing of international trade;
    • a comparative analysis of the UN Convention on International Sales of Goods;
    • the use of trade terms in international trade – Incoterms

    For further information contact Dr Alan Davidson, e: a.davidson@law.uq.edu.au