International Trade and the Digital Economy – How Trade Rules Protect Cross-Border Flows of Data and Technology Products”
USIBC supports King & Spalding’s Program “International Trade and the Digital Economy – How Trade Rules Protect Cross-Border Flows of Data and Technology Products
The global digital economy faces increasing threats from protectionist measures requiring “localization” of business operations including infrastructure and data storage. You are invited to attend a presentation and discussion with leading authorities on international trade law including senior King & Spalding specialists on WTO rules governing international trade in the digital economy and international trade agreements that protect the technology industry. The panel will review recent trends in the global regulatory environment for digital trade and will discuss how international trade rules can protect the operation of business models on which digital trade depends, including recent international trade agreements that affect technology companies. Experts include Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, Director – World Trade Organization, Division on Trade in Services Geneva and Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director – European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels, among others.
Topics to be discussed include:
· Evolving restrictions on digital trade
o Requirements to localize servers
o Limitations on ownership structures
o Restrictions and conditions on cross-border data flows
o Forced transfer of critical intellectual property
· New international trade agreements on trade in the digital economy
o GATS rules on digital trade
o TPP – Digital trade and IP provisions affecting technology companies
o Tariff reductions on information technology products
o TiSA and TTIP – New rules for digital trade?