I&J convened

Published on
January 15, 2020

**Unfortunately in respect of the COVID-19 virus eCommerce Week 2020 was cancelled. 

The Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network will hold a session at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) eCommerce week on Monday April 27, 2020 at 11.30 - 13.00. 

The Session “Legal interoperability and e-commerce: Addressing cross-border legal challenges” will present the results of recent work by the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, in which stakeholders from around the world work together to develop policy standards and operational solutions for how governments, Internet intermediaries and users can jointly resolve problems faced in the Internet governance ecosystem. Participants will discuss key findings from the Internet & Jurisdiction Global Status Report 2019, the world’s first mapping of internet jurisdiction related policy trends, actors and initiatives.

Invited panellists will share perspectives on why the tension between the transnational Internet and national laws needs to be dealt with on a cross border, multi-jurisdictional basis, and the importance for creating value in the digital economy. The discussion will explore why legal interoperability is necessary for the development of e-commerce, while at the same time addressing the complexity of diverging national laws regarding privacy, security or taxation issues. 


Torbjorn Fredriksson, Chief ICT Policy Section, UNCTAD
Tilmann Kupfer, Vice President, Trade & International Affairs, BT Group 
Sebastian Rovira, Economic Affairs Officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Nnenna Nwakanma, Policy Director, World Wide Web Foundation
Lee Tuthill, Counsellor, Division of Trade in Services and Investment World Trade Organization

The session will be moderated by the Sophie Tomlinson, Manager Communications and Outreach, Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network.