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 and leverages 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, public procurement, telecom infrastructure, foreign investment, IPRs, domestic and cross-border data policies, intermediate liability, content access, quantitative trade restrictions, standards, and online sales.
  • 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.

Mission

The dataset and index will inform deliberation on the design, implementation, and reform of relevant state interventions, their cross-border effects, and international cooperation. The data will cover around 90 selected countries, with the objective to include more countries on a regular basis to become a global index.

Team

The project brings together scholars who distinguished themselves in 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: 

  • Robert Basedow (LSE, International Political Economy): investment, trade, regulatory cooperation; non-tariff barriers;
  • 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 partner institutions


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Our activities

  • DTI Webinar Series – Webinar #6 – Digital Trade Integration: Priorities for Africa, 9 March 2022. Info and registrations here. Recording available here.
  • DTI Webinar Series – Webinar #5 – Trade Secrets Regulation: when do policy measures become a trade restriction?, 21 February 2022. Info and registrations here. Recording available here.
  • DTI Webinar Series – Webinar #4 – Patent regulation: When do policy measures become a trade restriction?, 21 February 2022. Info and registrations here. Recording available here.
  • DTI Webinar Series – Webinar #3 – Copyright Regulation, 7 February 2022. Info and registrations here. Recording available here.
  • Workshop on Services trade policies and structural transformation, 17 December 2021. Info and registrations here. Recording available here.
  • DTI Webinar Series – Webinar #2 – Cross-border data policies: When do policy measures become a trade restriction?, 15 December 2021. Info and registrations here. Recording available here.
  • IGF 2021 Event #62 Mapping and measuring digital trade integration, 10 December 2021. Info and registrations here. Recording available here (and below).
  • DTI Webinar Series – Webinar #1 – FDI screening: When do policy measures become a trade restriction?, 22 November 2021. Info and registrations here.
  • Digital Trade Integration Project: Kick-off event, July 2021. Info and registrations here. Recording available here (and below).

Kick-off event (July 2021)

CIVICA Research: A joint long-term research and innovation strategy.


Internet Governance Forum, December 2021

Panel on mapping and measuring digital trade policies.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017201, as well as by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).