I&J contributed

Published on
September 27, 2016

The Impact of Jurisdictions on Innovation and Startups

The World Bank Group and the McKinsey Global Institute invited I&J’s Paul Fehlinger to speak about Internet Governance and the impact of jurisdictional tensions on the Internet on the future of global digital trade at the 2016 Public Forum of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

The session is titled “Digital Trade For Development – Governance Issues and the Enabling Environment,” and will address maximizing the opportunities of the Internet for international trade, with a specific focus on SMEs. I&J's contribution to the WTO Public Forum follows a similar engagement in May 2016, when Mr. Fehlinger was invited to discuss the effects of Internet jurisdiction on global digital trade at the Digital Trade Conference organized by the World Bank and the Institute for International Economic Policy in Washington, DC, USA.


Anabel González

Senior Director, Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness

World Bank Group

Daniel Crosby


King and Spalding

Paul Fehlinger


Internet & Jurisdiction

Michael Ferrantino

Lead Economist

World Bank Group

Susan Lund


McKinsey & Company

Hanne Melin

Director of Global Public Policy


Alfredo Suescum


Permanent Representative of the Republic of Panama to the WT

World Trade Organization Public Forum

The 2016 WTO Forum will examine in particular how the WTO can foster the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the global market, how the trading system can support innovation, and how women can participate more fully in international trade. The WTO will also release the 2016 World Trade Report, which will focus on trade policy issues and the multilateral trading system as they relate to SMEs.