Posted at the request of Sahil Verma, Managing Editor, Trade, Law and Development
Special Issue on Trade and Technology: Rebooting Global Trade for the Digital
Issue 13.1 | Summer’21
Founded in 2009, the philosophy of Trade, Law and Development has been to generate and
sustain a constructive and democratic debate on emergent issues in international economic law
and to serve as a forum for the discussion and distribution of ideas. In keeping with these ideals,
the Board of Editors is pleased to announce “Trade and Technology: Rebooting Global Trade for the
Digital Millennium” as the theme for its next Special Issue (Vol. XIII, No. 1).
The WTO framework emerged out of the requirement to promote comparative advantages of
countries in the post-Industrial Revolution era. However, the developments that followed via
Ministerial Conferences, Council discussions and Appellate Body Reports have not moved away
from the traditional methods of trading involving brick-and-mortar factories, recognised fiat
currency, etc. With the unstoppable growth in digital innovation and dense proliferation of the
Internet and ICTs, International Economic Law and its framers must go back to the negotiating
table to chalk out a novel framework relevant for the new digital millennium.
E-Commerce emerged as the virtual marketplace connecting consumers to sellers across borders.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds enormous potential to solve efficiency deficits in manufacturing,
public health and education. 3D Printing is expected to meet demand shortages of essentials like
hearing aids. Blockchain and Digital Currencies could change payments and banking services as
we know it along with possible implications for trade finance opportunities. This Issue aims to
foster stimulating discussions on what these developments mean for trade as we know it.
In addition to these developments, the COVID-19 outbreak provides strong impetus for
countries to relook their digital trade and investment policies as reliance on digital resources
increase. While some steps have been taken to include digital technologies in regional trade
agreements, a more comprehensive and cohesive framework is yet to emerge in this regard.
Moreover, given the significance of these issues, governments across the world have begun
implementing rules and regulations for data privacy, cyber security, etc. The differences across
regulatory regimes could cause problems as to their interoperability across countries. The impact
of these regulations on the international trade level is yet to be seen.
An illustrative list of areas under the theme that authors could write upon are:
Artificial Intelligence Summer, 2021
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Implications for Trade Facilitation
Data Protection and Security
Competitiveness and Digital Taxation
Digital Divide between Advanced Economies and Developing World
Impact on Investment
Implications for Gender Equality
These sub-issues are not exhaustive, and the Journal is open to receiving submissions on all
aspects related to Trade and Technology and its impact on the global trading system. This special
issue, currently scheduled for publication in Summer 2021, will provide an ideal platform to
deliberate on such issues related to trade and technology. Accordingly, the Board of Editors
of Trade, Law and Development is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for the
Special Issue on Trade and Technology: Rebooting Global Trade for the Digital Millennium for publication
as ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and ‘Book Reviews’.
Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail or ExpressO.
In case of any queries, please feel free to contact us at: editors[at]tradelawdevelopment[dot]com.