I&J contributed

Published on
May 6, 2016

On May 5-6, 2016, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project’s co-founder and Manager, Paul Fehlinger served as a panelist in the concluding session of the digital trade conference organized by the World Bank and the Institute for International Economic Policy in Washington, DC, USA.

About the Panel

Titled Barriers to Digital Trade and Digital Trade Agreements, the last panel of the conference addressed potential barriers to trade including information sovereignty, domestic regulations, and cyber-security. Panelists  also discussed possible courses of action to facilitate digital trade in the future.

Mr. Fehlinger spoke about how overlapping and potentially conflictive jurisdictions in cyberspace threaten global digital trade and jeopardize the future of the global internet. His presentation followed the release of the I&J Paper, Jurisdiction on the Internet: From Legal Arms Race to Transnational Cooperation.


Tracey Samuelson


Marketplace, PRI

Brian Bieron

Executive Director

eBay, Inc. Public Policy Lab

Joshua Meltzer

Senior Fellow

Brookings Institute

Paul Fehlinger


Internet & Jurisdiction

Susan Aaronson

Research Professor of International Affairs

Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU

About the Conference

The End of Trade as We Know It? conference was a joint endeavor between the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice and the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP), a policy research organization located within the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

The conference brought together international policymakers and professionals to discuss how digital trade is changing how we trade, who trades, and how policies must be altered to enable digital trade in the future. Speakers also addressed the role of trade agreements as tools of Internet Governance, regulatory environments for cross-border information flows, and how to facilitate digital trade and development in the future.