Agent-Based Contracting in Virtual Enterprises

  • Claudia Cevenini
  • Giuseppe Contissa
  • Migle Laukyte
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 243)


Virtual Enterprises (VEs) use software agents (SAs) to reduce costs, speed up operations, and increase efficiency and competitiveness. Agents can carry out negotiations and make contracts without any human intervention. This makes them useful both in negotiations to set up a VE and in contracting with VE partners. Agents raise legal problems about the relevance and validity of their actions. The law may not always offer a solution to agent-based interactions. This paper investigates whether current laws are suitable to regulating agents and what new rules may need to be introduced.


Legal Framework Mobile Agent Software Agent Electronic Commerce Collaborative Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Cevenini
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Contissa
    • 1
  • Migle Laukyte
    • 1
  1. 1.CIRSFIDUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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