Updating the Multilateral Rule Book on E-Commerce

Brief
Date period
5 March 2018

This policy brief seeks to provide a birds-eye perspective on current and possible future developments in e-commerce rules in the context of the World Trade Organization. The Joint Statement on Electronic Commerce (WT/MIN(17)/60) issued by 70 members at the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in December 2017, which aims to “initiate exploratory work toward future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce,” marks an important moment. This brief presents the most salient issues around the organisation of discussions on e-commerce in the WTO as well as possible options relevant for the development of frameworks for international and multilateral rule-making in this area.