A WTO Reform Agenda: Data Flows and International Regulatory Cooperation

21 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2019

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Date Written: September 12, 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: International trade, WTO, digital, Ecommerce

JEL Classification: F1, K2, K3, O3

Suggested Citation

Meltzer, Joshua P, A WTO Reform Agenda: Data Flows and International Regulatory Cooperation (September 12, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3455551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3455551

Joshua P Meltzer (Contact Author)

Brookings Institution ( email )

1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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