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Trade Governance in the Digital Age
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Mira Burri, Thomas Cottier, Anupam Chander, Christian Tietje, David Luff, Pierre Larouche, Urs Gasser, John Palfrey, Lee Tuthill, Martin Roy, Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Arno Hold, Rohan Kariyawasam, Henry Gao, Panagiotis Delimatsis, Antony Taubman, Daniel Gervais, Jeremy De Beer, Ahmed Abdel Latif, Martin Labbé, Philipp Aerni, Dominik Rüegger
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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107542617

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  • The development of new digital technologies has resulted in significant transformations in daily life, from the arrival of online shopping to more fundamental changes in the ways we work and communicate. Many of these changes raise questions that transcend market access and liberalisation, and demand cooperation and coherent regulatory design. International trade regulation has hitherto not reacted in a forward-looking manner to the digital revolution and, particularly at the multilateral level, legal engineering has yielded few tangible results. This book examines whether WTO laws possess the necessary flexibility and resilience to accommodate the changes brought about by burgeoning digital trade. By revealing both the potential and the limitations of the WTO framework, it provides a broad picture of the interaction between digital technologies and trade regulation, links the often disconnected discourses of international trade law, intellectual property and cyberlaw and explores discrete problems in different domains of global trade regulation.

    • Analyses the state of WTO law with regard to digital trade, both from a practical and a more research-oriented perspective
    • Builds bridges between the previously disconnected discourses of cyberlaw, international trade regulation, intellectual property and development, besides providing solid and updated analysis in the distinct fields
    • Helps readers grasp the practical and legal challenges triggered by digital trade and situates these challenges in the broad context of economic, social and cultural transformations brought about by the Internet
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107542617
    • length: 502 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 230 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: digital technologies and international trade regulation Mira Burri and Thomas Cottier
    Part I. Conceptualising Trade 2.0:
    2. Principles for trade 2.0 Anupam Chander
    3. Global information law: some systemic thoughts Christian Tietje
    Part II. Old and New Buzzwords in the Digital Trade Discourse:
    4. Convergence: a buzzword to remain? David Luff
    5. Network neutrality: the global dimension Pierre Larouche
    6. Fostering innovation and trade in the global information society: the different facets and roles of interoperability Urs Gasser and John Palfrey
    Part III. The State of Play in Trade and Trade Regulation. Prospects for Change:
    7. GATS classification issues for information and communication technology services Lee Tuthill and Martin Roy
    8. Towards coherent rules for digital trade: building on efforts in multilateral versus preferential trade negotiations Sacha Wunsch-Vincent and Arno Hold
    9. Better regulation for digital markets: a new look at the Reference Paper? Rohan Kariyawasam
    10. Googling for the trade-human rights nexus in China: can the WTO help? Henry Gao
    11. The puzzling interaction of trade and public morals in the digital era Panagiotis Delimatsis
    Part IV. The Impact of Digital Technologies on the Global Intellectual Property Regime:
    12. TRIPS encounters the Internet: an analogue treaty in a digital age, or the first trade 2.0 agreement? Antony Taubman
    13. Country clubs, empiricism, blogs and innovation: the future of international intellectual property norm-making in the wake of ACTA Daniel Gervais
    14. New forms of governance for digital orphans: copyright litigation, licenses and legal information Jeremy De Beer
    Part V. Digital Technologies, Intellectual Property and Development:
    15. From consensus to controversy: the WIPO Internet Treaties and lessons for intellectual property norm-setting in the digital age Ahmed Abdel Latif
    16. The global digital divide as impeded access to content Mira Burri
    17. Harnessing information and communication technologies for development: the trade-related technical assistance perspective Martin Labbé
    18. Making use of e-mentoring to support innovative entrepreneurs in Africa Philipp Aerni and Dominik Rüegger.

  • Editors

    Mira Burri, World Trade Institute, University of Bern
    Mira Burri is a senior research fellow at the World Trade Institute and Lecturer in International Media Law at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

    Thomas Cottier, World Trade Institute, University of Bern
    Thomas Cottier is Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is Managing Director of both the World Trade Institute and of the Institute of European and International Economic Law.


    Mira Burri, Thomas Cottier, Anupam Chander, Christian Tietje, David Luff, Pierre Larouche, Urs Gasser, John Palfrey, Lee Tuthill, Martin Roy, Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Arno Hold, Rohan Kariyawasam, Henry Gao, Panagiotis Delimatsis, Antony Taubman, Daniel Gervais, Jeremy De Beer, Ahmed Abdel Latif, Martin Labbé, Philipp Aerni, Dominik Rüegger

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