Digital Trade Integration Project

The Digital Trade Integration (DTI) project aims to increase transparency on digital trade restrictions. We are constructing a dataset of digital trade restrictions and an index on digital trade integration, which will be released in the coming months. Our methodology is based on international best practices on how to regulate digital trade, leverage the cross-disciplinary exchange between the CIVICA partners.  

Main output

  • Open Dataset: The dataset contains information about digital trade policies in a transparent and open format. The areas covered will include: tariffs and trade defense, taxation and subsidies, public procurement, infrastructure, foreign investment, IPRs, competition policy, business mobility, domestic and cross-border data policies, intermediate liability, content access, quantitative trade restrictions, standards, online sales and transactions.
  • Index: The index is based on the data of the database. It allows for comparison between countries and increased transparency of digital trade policies in the global economy.


The dataset and index will inform deliberation on the design, implementation, and reform of relevant state interventions, on their cross-border effects, and on international cooperation. The data will cover at least 50 selected countries, with the objective to include more countries on a regular basis to become a global index.


The project brings together scholars who distinguished themselves for research on legal, technical, and human rights topics related to the digital economy. The project is coordinated by Martina F. Ferracane (EUI) and Bernard Hoekman (EUI) and brings together as principal investigators: 

  • Claudio Dordi (Bocconi University, international law): trade, trade facilitation;
  • Martina F. Ferracane (EUI, international economic law): digital trade, data flows, digital skills;
  • Daniëlle Flonk (Hertie School, political science): content regulation, internet governance, global governance;
  • Gabriele Gagliani (Bocconi University, international economic law): trade, investment, and intellectual property;
  • Bernard Hoekman (EUI, global economics): trade in services, trade development;
  • Markus Jachtenfuchs (Hertie School, political science): global governance, european governance, internet governance;
  • Laurent Manderieux (Bocconi University, Intellectual Property Law): intellectual property, law of internet technology.
  • Jimena Valdez (LSE, political economy): digital economy, tech firms.

Partner universities

Other partners

  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (EN-ECLAC)
  • Jean Monnet Network Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA)
  • European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

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Kick-off event (July 2021)