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2023 BIICL Annual WTO Conference
Technology and Trade: Challenges and Opportunities 



Date: Date to be confirmed

Time: To be confirmed

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London and Online


Event Details

The rapid development of technology (including digital technology) in recent times has the potential to transform international trade profoundly. Among the expected impacts is the reduction of trade costs, an increased share of services in the composition of trade, changing patterns of food production and comparative advantage, and the complexity and length of global value chains for sustainable trade.

Tech transformations of trade present both opportunities and challenges. The 2023 BIICL Annual WTO Conference brings together experts from international organisations, the tech industry sector, practitioners and academics, at a one-day conference, to discuss these issues in three thematic panels.

Conference convened by Dr Julinda Beqiraj, Maurice Wohl Senior Fellow in European Law with the kind support of Prof Dr Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Honorary Fellow, BIICL and Iris Anastasiadou, Researcher in Public International Law and Migration.

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Panel 1 - Digital transformation of trade in goods and services

This overview panel will address the relationship between digital technology and classic WTO topics (market access, non-discrimination, the distinction between goods and services (intangible goods or services?)) in the light of issues such as paperless trade, e-commerce, trade in services etc.

Panel 2 - Technology, trade in agriculture and food products

This panel will address specific challenges and opportunities offered by technological developments for trade in agriculture and the availability of food products for both developed and developing countries.

Panel 3 - Digital technology, trade and the triple planetary crisis

This panel will address specific challenges and opportunities offered by data and digital technologies to enhance environmentally sustainable trade. Digital environmental cooperation bears fundamental importance in combating climate change while advancing global sustainability.

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 7 CPD hours.


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