Understanding and Shaping Trade Rules for the Digital Era

in The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance, edited by Manfred Elsig, Michael Hahn and Gabriele Spilker (Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 73-106

34 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2018 Last revised: 25 May 2019

Date Written: November 21, 2018

Abstract

The chapter provides an overview of the current and emerging trends in disruptive technologies and thematizes the sweeping effects of digitization at different levels of the economy. The chapter's focus then shifts to the effects of digitization on trade and explores the implications for trade policy. In order to understand what needs to be changed or at least calibrated in existing external trade policies, we need to know what we have in terms of existing regulatory frameworks – both at the international and at the regional and bilateral levels. It is the objective of the chapter’s third part to attend to this need, as well as to show how selected countries have responded to the digital challenge and formulated distinct or less distinct responses in their respective external trade policies. Here, in particular an understanding of the digital agenda of the United States, as well as of the new templates for electronic commerce, is essential and this chapter will convey this knowledge by focusing on the most advanced model so far - that of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The chapter goes on to contextualize and assess the impact of the existing legal frameworks, as shaped by preferential trade agreements.

Keywords: digital trade, electronic commerce, WTO, preferential trade agreements, Big Data, data flows

Suggested Citation

Burri, Mira, Understanding and Shaping Trade Rules for the Digital Era (November 21, 2018). in The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance, edited by Manfred Elsig, Michael Hahn and Gabriele Spilker (Cambridge University Press, 2019), pp. 73-106 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3288624

Mira Burri (Contact Author)

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