Federalism, Technology, and Uniform State Legislation: Reflections on the 127th Uniform Law Commission Annual Meeting

Some laws should be uniform. Photo by Søren Astrup Jørgensen on Unsplash

What is the ULC?

What is the ULC, then? Well, here’s what the ULC website has to say about it:

A look at the ULC in action...

Technology and Uniformity

This year, more than in years past, it really hit home for me that the impact of the internet and digital technologies has created a new urgency for the ULC’s role in promoting uniformity of state legislation.

  • What are the obligations of virtual-currency businesses that control their customers’ virtual currencies, and should virtual currencies be available as collateral for commercial loans?
  • Should “deepfakes” be included in the definition of an “intimate image” for purposes of civil remedies against revenge porn?
  • How should publicly available criminal records be published and corrected?
  • How should notaries public perform notarial acts (love that!) using audiovisual communication technologies?
  • Should individuals be allowed to have a digital last will and testament?
  • How should vehicles with automated driving systems be regulated across state lines?
  • What tort laws should apply to the use of drones?
Drones! Photo by Jared Brashier on Unsplash

From past to prologue?

It may seem strange that the ULC, an organization that was created in 1892 and is entirely composed of lawyers, would be well situated to address the policy implications of new technologies. But we have a relatively strong track record of doing so. We may be lawyers, but we care about getting it right.



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V. David Zvenyach

V. David Zvenyach

Thoughts on strategy, government, technology, procurement, open data, law, justice, public discourse, product, transparency &c.