A Framework and Protocols for Service Contract Agreements Based on International Contract Law

A Framework and Protocols for Service Contract Agreements Based on International Contract Law

Michael Parkin (The University of Manchester, UK), Dean Kuo (The University of Manchester, UK) and John Brooke (The University of Manchester, UK)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/jwsr.2009070101
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Abstract

Current protocols to agree to Web/Grid service usage do not have the capability to form negotiated agreements, nor do they take into account the legal requirements of the agreement process. This article presents a framework and a domain-independent negotiation protocol for creating legally binding contracts for service usage in a distributed, asynchronous service-oriented architecture. The negotiation protocol, which builds on a simple agreement protocol to form a multiround “symmetric” negotiation protocol, is based on an internationally recognized contract law convention. By basing our protocol on this convention and taking into account the limitations of an asynchronous messaging environment, we can form contracts between autonomous services across national and juridical boundaries, necessary in a loosely coupled, widely geographically distributed environment such as the Grid.

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