Technology and the Law of International Trade Regulation

Cottier, Thomas (2017). Technology and the Law of International Trade Regulation. In: Brownsword, Roger; Scotford, Eloise; Yeung, Karen (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (pp. 1017-1050). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199680832.013.63

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With regards to global trade, where new technologies impact both on what is traded and how, this chapter sketches the current regulatory landscape and projects the implications of emerging technologies for future regulatory approaches. While the regulation of technology mainly rests with domestic law, it is international trade law that addresses problems of regulatory diversity, overcomes unnecessary barriers to international trade and investment, and articulates common standards. Apart from general principles of non-discrimination and transparency, technology is particularly addressed by rules of intellectual property protection and by technical regulations and standards for industrial and nutritional products. For international trade law to respond to the challenges of legitimacy and democratic accountability, there need to be new approaches to regulatory cooperation and coherence, operating within a proper framework of multi-level governance that harnesses the process of globalization which is much driven by technological advances.

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02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

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Cottier, Thomas


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation




Oxford University Press




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14 Jun 2017 09:32

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