Digital Trade-Related Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Existing Models and Lessons for the Multilateral Trade System

July 13, 2017

The aim of this paper is threefold: First, it attempts to provide an inventory of the various legal disciplines and obligations found within RTAs that impact digital trade. Second, it provides a typology and overview of the different approaches taken by major trading powers towards drafting digital trade-related provisions within RTAs. Third, it identifies areas of potential convergence across RTAs as well as points of tension/conflict in the system. This includes a discussion of best practices, innovative approaches, and areas where additional thinking will be required.

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