RFMLR Blog Series on “Digital Commerce and FinTech”

Financial Technology abbreviated as “FinTech” has evolved into a powerful and ground breaking field that has turned the tables for e-commerce and financial services sector. The rising popularity of digital transactions, open banking opportunities, and espousal of FinTech services are some of the key events that have been instrumental in the reshaping of traditional banking services. Additionally, the untapped potential of Blockchain Technology has paved the way for innovative and decentralized solutions in the field of arbitration, e-commerce, and digital payments.

However, the burgeoning FinTech industry also faces several regulatory and policy issues due to which it has become imperative to address the privacy and security concerns associated with it. The lacunae present in the regulatory framework related to FinTech activities needs to be grappled with. Novel legal solutions are needed to maintain the fine balance between encouraging digitization of commercial services and administering them with safety, transparency, and ease in a regulated manner.

The blog series aims to encourage an insightful discourse around the legal landscape surrounding FinTech and digitization of financial services by inviting submissions from legal academicians, practitioners, lawyers, legal experts, and students.

In an attempt to encourage insightful discourse in the legal landscape around “FinTech”, the Editorial Board of RFMLR is now inviting blog submissions from legal academicians, practitioners, lawyers, legal experts, and student

 

SUB-THEMES (ILLUSTRATIVE):

FinTech and Digital Payments

1. RBI Guidelines on Digital Lending: Protecting the Borrower

2. Neo-banking and the Regulatory Concerns

3. RBI’s Report on QR Code: Future of Contactless Transactions

4. An Analysis of RBI’s “Guidelines on Regulation of Payment Aggregators and Payment Gateways, 2020”

5. Open Banking: A Step Towards Financial Inclusion in India?

6. Account Aggregator Framework in India: A Critical Appraisal

7. Introduction of Numberless Cards for Teenagers: Pros and Cons

8. Significance of UPI for Digital Trade and Legal Issues

9. Reimagining the Future of Digital Transactions vis-à-vis Blockchain Technology

10. Reforms in Legal Framework for Card Transactions in India

11. Role of NPCI in Promoting Digital Payments in India: A Legal Analysis

12. Digital KYC and Blockchain-based Portable KYC Solution: Feasibility and Regulatory Concerns

13. Peer-to-peer Lending Landscape in India

14. FinTech vs. TechFin

15. Tokenisation and its impact on Financial Markets

16. The European Data Protection Board’s Guidelines 06/2020 on the interplay of the Second Payment Services Directive and the GDPR.

E-Commerce

17. Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020: An Analysis

18. Blockchain Technology: The Driving Force for E-Commerce in Future

 

Virtual Currency and Regulatory Issues

19. Central Bank and Digital Currency: Feasibility, Regulatory Challenges and its Impact on International Trade

20. Crypto currency Regulation in India in context of the Internet and Mobile Association of India v. Reserve Bank of India and the draft “Banning of Crypto currency and regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2019”

 

Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the Digital World

21. Transition from ADR to ODR: Inevitability and Legal Challenges

22. Development of Blockchain Arbitration in India and Legal Challenges

 

Corporate Espionage

23. Corporate Espionage in the Cyberspace and the need of a new Trade Secret Law in India

 

Intermediary Liability and Concerns for Digital Economy

24. Chinese App Ban – Legality in Domestic and International Law

25. Sharing of Source Code: “Public Interest” vs. IPR Rights of Companies

Submission Guidelines for Blog​

Eligibility
  • The Editorial Board invites blog submissions from legal practitioners, professionals, academicians and law students

General
  • The submissions shall be written in the English language only.

  • Co-authorship is limited to a maximum of two authors.

  • Submissions shall be relevant to the theme, contain novel analysis by the author(s), and coherent. The Editorial Board encourages analytical submissions with concrete suggestions over descriptive submissions with generic suggestions.

  • Submissions shall not be less than 1300 words and shall not exceed 1500 words (exclusive of endnotes). Longer pieces can be divided into two or three-part posts for better readability. However, each part post shall be complete in itself.

  • The name(s) of the author(s) or institution must not be mentioned anywhere in the body of the submission. 

  • Author(s) shall refrain from referring themselves in first person in the manuscript. Further, while referring to case laws, author(s) are encouraged to use the names of the parties instead of referring them as “petitioners”, “appellants”, “respondents”, etc.

Formatting & Citations
  • Submissions shall be typewritten in Times New Roman, font size 12 with line spacing 1.5 and justified alignment.

  • Submissions shall contain hyperlinks in the body of the manuscript itself, instead of footnotes and endnotes. Endnotes may be used for references where hyperlinks are not possible or the source is under a paywall or offline – such as books, articles, etc.

  • In case of endnotes, The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th Ed.) shall be followed for citations and endnotes shall be typewritten in Times New Roman, font size 10, single-line spacing, and justified alignment.

Contributor Agreement and Copyright
  • Any form of plagiarism is strictly prohibited and the submission shall be original, unpublished, and an outcome of the author’s own efforts.
  • Author(s) shall divest the copyright of the manuscript to RGNUL Financial and Mercantile Law Review, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, once the manuscript has been selected for publication. However, all moral rights shall remain with the author(s).
  • Author(s) shall refrain from submitting the manuscript elsewhere during the pendency of the review process. If the theme of the manuscript is contemporaneous to the time of submission and a delayed publication would render the research irrelevant, the author(s) may request an expedited review of their submission.

Submission Procedure 
  • The author(s) shall submit the manuscript along with the duly signed Certificate of Originality and Copyright via Google Form here.

  • The Editorial Board strives to communicate its decision regarding publication of the blog at the earliest. Ordinarily, the author(s) shall be apprised of the decision of the Editorial Board within a fortnight from the date of submission.

  • The author(s) shall, therefore, refrain from sending any follow-up emails to the Editorial Board.

  • All queries shall be sent to the Editorial Board at rfmlr@rgnul.ac.in.

Submission Deadline

The submissions shall be sent to the Editorial Board through Google form (here) by October 11, 2020.

Other Details

Google Form for submitting the manuscript can be accessed here.

Format of Certificate of Originality and Copyright can be accessed here.

The PDF for Submission Guidelines for RFMLR Blog Series on Digital Commerce and FinTech can be found here.
Submission Guidelines for RFMLR’s Call for Blogs (Open Theme) can be
accessed
here.

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