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Trade, Law and Development (journal)

Summer, 2021  

Vol. XIII, No. 1  

Trade, Law Development 


Special Issue on Trade and Technology: Rebooting Global Trade for the Digital  Millennium  

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:  

 E-commerce  

 Artificial Intelligence 

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Vol. XIII, No. 1  

 Implications for Trade Facilitation  

 Blockchain  

 Data Protection and Security  

 Competitiveness and Digital Taxation  

 Digital Divide between Advanced Economies and Developing World  

 Impact on Investment  

 Trade Policy  

 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 ispleased 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. For further information about the  Journal, please click here. For submission guidelines, please click here.  

In case of any queries, please feel free to contact us at: editors[at]tradelawdevelopment[dot]com.  LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 31 MARCH, 2021  

PATRON: P.P. Saxena | ADVISORS: Raj Bhala | Jagdish Bhagwati | B.S. Chimni | Glenn  Wiser | Daniel B. Magraw, Jr. | Vaughan Lowe | Ricardo Ramirez Hernandez | W.  Michael Reisman |M. Sornarajah | FACULTY-IN-CHARGE: Rosmy Joan | BOARD OF  EDITORS: Amogh Pareek | Gautami Govindrajan | Ayushi Singh | Sahil Verma |  Abilash Viswanathan | Abhinav Srivastav | Anjali Sasikumar | Sukanya Viswanathan |  Tania Gupta | Suvam Kumar | Aastha Asthana | Malaika Shivalkar | Neerali Nanda |  Nishant Sharma | Pranav Karwa | Rashmi John | Shlok Patwa | Swikruti Nayak |  Akshita Saxena | Ananya Awasthi | Anushka Mathur | Jahnavi Srivastava | Maulik  Khurana | Nidhi Lakhotia | Ria Chaudhary | Vidhi Damani | Yashvi Hora