A WTO Reform Agenda: Data Flows and International Regulatory Cooperation

Global Economy & Development WP 130 (2019)

21 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2020

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Date Written: September 17, 2019


The World Trade Organization (WTO) is in need of reform, including new rules. While there is not yet a comprehensive reform agenda for the WTO, developing e-commerce rules should be seen as part of WTO reform in two respects. First, the development of such rules will allow the WTO to demonstrate a capacity to remain relevant to the challenges and opportunities governing international trade today. Second, many of the issues that need to be addressed in a comprehensive outcome on e-commerce would contribute to broader WTO reform. This paper proposes, among other things, that the WTO become a platform that can enable increased regulatory cooperation and encourage good regulatory practice. Such a result is needed to overcome many of the current barriers to e-commerce. Success in the e-commerce context would also position the WTO to better address regulatory barriers to trade more broadly

Keywords: WTO, digital traed, e-commerce, data flows

JEL Classification: F1, O3, F5, K3

Suggested Citation

Meltzer, Joshua P, A WTO Reform Agenda: Data Flows and International Regulatory Cooperation (September 17, 2019). Global Economy & Development WP 130 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3595188 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3595188

Joshua P Meltzer (Contact Author)

Brookings Institution ( email )

1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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