Vesna Živković, Živković Samardžić Associate, wrote an article on Electronic Signatures, Contracts, and Archiving in Serbia in CEE Legal Comparative Guide.
In the article, Vesna explains that certain contracts, according to the law must be made in writing: surety contracts, contracts for construction, etc. Contracts lacking the prescribed form shall not have a legal effect.
As far as Serbia is concerned, electronic documents have the same probative power as paper documents. Nonetheless, practice regarding the use of electronic documents in court proceedings is scarce.
Electronic documents and electronic signatures in Serbia are regulated by the Law on Electronic Document, Electronic Identification and Trust Services in Electronic Business (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No 94/2017 and 52/21) and a number of subordinate pieces of legislation governing these issues in more detail. Serbian law does recognize different types of electronic signatures, considering the level of security they provide.
Full text of the article is available here.
The CEE Legal Matters Comparative Legal Guide: TMT 2022 looks at the most important regulations relative to online contracting, digital signatures, and digital archiving for the reader to get a high-level, comprehensive picture of the legal landscape of these critical aspects in the region. As our co-editor, Tamas Bereczki of Provaris explains, “The way countries and jurisdictions regulate digital signatures and digital contracting can be a game changer for the digital economy, the supply chain, and international economic cooperation. Bad or lacking regulation can lead to actual economic detriments by keeping the costs of conducting business higher than in jurisdictions with more well-formulated, well-thought regulations.”
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Vesna Živković joined Živković Samardžić in 2009, after supervising a Department for Regulatory Issues Control of Reputation Risk in an international bank. She was a research assistant at the Institute for Comparative Law and served as a Vice Chairperson of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from July 2006 to July 2007. Vesna lectures on Commercial Contracts at the Union University Faculty of Law in Belgrade. She specialises in financial services, electronic commerce and intellectual property. Vesna is a Sworn Court Interpreter for English language.