Date of Award

Fall 9-2003

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Law (SJD)



First Advisor

Dean Peter Keane

Second Advisor

Professor Dr. Sompong Sucharitkul

Third Advisor

Professor Dr. Christian Okeke


Main Objects and Purposes of Study: 1. To explore, analyze and identify characteristics of secure online commercial transactions concluded by digital signatures; 2. To study the technology used to create secure digital signatures as well as to harmonize the technical and operational criteria which set the technical standards of digital signatures; 3. To study various schools of thought concerning electronic signatures, which includes digital signatures; 4. To analyze the provisions of Thailand's Electronic Transactions Act; 5. To compare the differences in the Federal E-Sign Act and Thailand's ETransactions Act and to determine any prospective Royal Decree that may later be promulgated; 6. To analyze legal issues relating on how to adduce digital signatures as evidence in civil trials in the United States federal courts and Thai courts; 7. To study the allocation and management of risks and liabilities involving digital signatures among subscribers, certification authorities, and relying parties; 8. To study the mechanisms for the protection of consumers in the use of digital signatures; and 9. To identify other legal problems relating to the practical developments in digital signatures.

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