Are electronic signatures legal in Ukraine?

On the 7th of November 2018, Ukraine released a new law which established electronic signature took as valid and complying with the eIDAS. Therefore making electronic signatures a legal signing tool.

Legal Model

Ukraines legal model is a tiered one. This means that Qualified Electronic Signatures are seen as a legal type of e-signature. This doesn’t mean that a non-QES e-Signature can’t be submitted in court, but it will need extra evidence to support it.

Legal Classification

Ukraine operates under Civil Law systems which are arranged according to a plan or a system and come from Roman law. Civil law systems are based on:

  • Generally a written constitution based on specific codes (e.g. civil code, codes covering corporate law, administrative law, tax law and constitutional law) preserving basic rights and duties
  • There is little scope for judge-made law in civil, criminal and commercial courts (only legislative enactments are considered binding for all)
  • In some civil law systems, e.g. Germany, writings of legal scholars have significant influence on the courts
  • Courts specific to the underlying codes – there are therefore usually separate constitutional court, administrative court and civil court systems that opine on consistency of legislation and administrative acts with and interpret that specific code;
  • Less freedom of contract – many provisions are implied into a contract by law and parties cannot contract out of certain provisions.

A civil law system is generally more prescriptive.

Full Summary

On 3 September 2015 Ukrainian Parliament adopted an Electronic Commerce Law (the “E-Commerce Law”). This law made it possible for digital contracts to be signed with an electronic signature. And on the 7th of November 2018, the law of “Ukraine On Trust Electronic Services” came into force.

This document implemented key principles of the eIDAS Regulation in Ukraine. The law established identification tools like electronic signatures.

Disclaimer

The information in the legality guides are for general information purposes only and are not intended to serve as legal advice. Laws governing electronic signature may change quickly, so Signable cannot guarantee that all the information on this site is current or correct. If you have specific legal questions about any of the information on this site, you should consult with a licensed attorney in your area.
Last updated on: January 2020