E-commerce in the WTO : Risks and Issues


Jun 17, 2020

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (GMT+2)


Econosphères , Gresea and CETRI, Centre tricontinental

"E-commerce" has become one of the hot spots in international trade negotiations. The term hides crucial issues for the economy of today and tomorrow, such as the role and place of #digital "#data". For several years now, global digital corporations and their state sponsors have been trying to get international rules adopted that would guarantee their monopoly and profits, while at the same time allowing them to largely escape the possibilities of regulation. Their latest attempt? The launch of controversial plurilateral discussions within the World Trade Organization (#WTO).

At a time when the COVID-19 crisis is being used to defend the "urgency" and "necessity" of these negotiations, it is above all urgent and necessary to reflect on their potential implications in terms of labour law, economic concentration, North-South inequalities or the fight against climate change.


  • 18h – Introduction

    Cédric Leterme, research fellow, CETRI/GRESEA

  • 18h15 – Origines des négociations, principaux enjeux, développements récents

    Deborah James, Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and coordinator of the global Our World Is Not for Sale (OWINFS) network.

  • 18h35 – « A receipe for corporate greed », presentation of the report from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

    Alison Tate, Director of Economic and Social Policy at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

  • 18h55 – Role, position and issues on e-commerce from the European Union

    Helmut Scholz, Member of the european parliment (Die Linke, GUE/NGL Group), Member of the International Trade commission.

  • 19h15 – Q&A with the audience

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