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The Postal Acceptance Rule in the Digital Age

International Association of IT Lawyers
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  • E-Commerce
  • Email
  • Contract Law
  • Conclusion Of Contract
  • Postal Acceptance Rule.
  • Communication
  • Law


This article examines the application of the postal acceptance rule to email acceptances. Differentviews have been argued against the application of traditional rule like the postal acceptance rule, which wasestablished in 1818 as a legal norm in contract formation to modern communications like the email. The paperpresents the arguments and rationale behind the application of this rule and contends its applicability to themodern communication via e-mail. The paper posits that email is not an instantaneous method ofcommunication, but can be viewed as a digital version of the normal post and thus the postal acceptance ruleshould apply to this kind of contracting.

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