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A Primer on E-Commerce- Understanding the Fundamentals


We are in the era of knowledge management and instantaneous communication. This is marked by the onset of an electronic revolution which fundamentally changed the way we do business. The number of goods and services being sold online or on a digital gateway has been growing on a daily basis. More and more companies are at crossroads to either venture online or go out of trading.

E-commerce is the here to stay as a medium facilitating both the speed and ease of transacting a business digitally. This Course is aimed at introducing the vistas of e-commerce to the learner from a business strategy and a legal perspective. The Course has four Modules – with each comprising of thorough elucidations of the foundational concepts and stipulations pertaining to the field of e-transition.

The Course is intended to equip the learner with the basic concepts and also highlights the importance of e-commerce for business enterprises. It also introduces and defines some of the principle terms used in the e-governance framework. It further provides the learner with an overview of the legal issues required to be addressed by an e-commerce entrepreneur before his e-commerce business becomes a thriving one. Apart from this, the usage of electronic signatures and cryptography is also broadly explained.



After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discern the impact of the internet on our civilization;
  • Understand the concept of E-commerce;
  • Know the legal issues concerning the e-commerce avenue;
  • Analyze the provisions (re e-commerce transactions) of the Information Technology Act, 2000; and
  • Examine the relevance of e-governance framework.


  • Module 1 – Introduction to Electronic Commerce (E-commerce)
  • Module 2 – Overview of Legal Issues in E-Commerce
  • Module 3 – Overview of the Information Technology Act, 2000
  • Module 4 – E-Governance Framework
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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  • Lawyers
  • Legal Consultants
  • Advisors
  • Businesses of all sizes / Digital Entrepreneurs
  • Law Students and Researchers
  • You don’t have to be a lawyer to take this Course; and it can be taken by any learner-
    • wanting to expand their knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of e-commerce and e-governance.
    • wanting to begin using computer and digital know-how to carry out business and reach customers.

Level: Beginners

Language : English

Duration: 6 Months


Progress will be tested by way of quizzes and assignments at the end of each Module. Learners must attempt the exam at the end of the course and secure at least 50% marks to obtain course certificate.

About the Author

Ms. Surbhi Kapur and Ms. Shehnaz Ahmed. Ms. Kapur, a postgraduate in Law from the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and an alumnus of the GGSIPU is currently engaged as a Faculty and Legal Editor at LawSkills. She is pursuing Ph. D in the area of International Trade Law from her alma mater. She has an all-embracing experience of more than five years in legal research, legal consultancy, teaching and curricular development in diverse areas of law. Her areas of specialization include international law, trade and commercial transactions laws etc. Ms. Ahmed is Senior Resident Fellow at the Corporate Law and Financial Regulation vertical at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. Prior to assisting the Government in making better laws at Vidhi, she co-founded Zeta Law Chambers. She has also worked with AMSS, Mumbai and Jyoti Sagar Associates, New Delhi. Her core practice areas include IT Laws, data protection laws, payment systems law etc. She has been primarily involved in advising online marketplaces/ intermediaries/ e-commerce companies on various legal and regulatory issues.

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