Global Trade and Customs Journal

Volume 12 (2017)

Volume 12 (2017) / Issue 7/8

Sanjay Notani, Rishab Raturi, 'A Plurilateral E-Commerce Agreement: Skirting the ‘Doha’ Impasse' (2017) 12 Global Trade and Customs Journal, Issue 7/8, pp. 277–284


Increased discussions at the WTO on E-commerce demonstrate a strong interest amongst many WTO Members to introduce new rules to regulate digital trade. However, these discussions have primarily been exploratory; substantive discussions under a formal mechanism have not yet been initiated. Moreover, several legal and political challenges present themselves as potential obstacles to the on-going discussion. Given these circumstances, this article argues that a critical mass based-plurilateral agreement approach amongst like-minded WTO Members, with extension of benefits on Most Favoured Nation basis, can result in the establishment of global E-commerce rules.

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