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Digital Scholars Network

The Hub is pleased to provide a new resource to policymakers, the press and the public. The Digital Trade Scholars Network is a list of data governance and digital trade scholars from around the world which highlights some of their publications, expertise, and contact information. Please use the list to find experts in privacy, digital trade chapters and agreements, trade and , e-commerce, and related issues.  If you are a digital trade scholar and would like to join the list, please send saaronso@gwu.edu your contact information, two publication links, and an overview of your expertise.
Coming soon to our website and your computer screen:  data governance scholars.
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Susan Aaronson, Research Professor, GWU; Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (GIGI); Director, Digital Trade & Data Governance Hub

Contact: saaronson2@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: digital trade, trade and human rights, AI and data governance

Publications/Research:

Data is Dangerous: Comparing the Risks that the United States, Canada and Germany See in Data Troves

Inadequate data protection: A threat to economic and national security

Carolina Ines Aguerre, Associate Professor, University of St. Andrews, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Contact: carolinaaguerre@gmail.com

Areas of Expertise/Specialization:  Digital Trade, Internet Governance, AI

Publications/Research:

Aguerre, Carolina (2020). National AI Strategies and Data Governance in the Region in Aguerre, C. (Ed.) Inteligencia Artificial en América Latina y el Caribe. Ética, gobernanza y políticas. CETyS, Universidad de San Andres. ISBN 2684-0278

Aguerre, Carolina. (2018). Digital trade in Latin America: mapping issues and approaches. Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance. 21. 10.1108/DPRG-11-2018-0063.

Mira Burri, Professor, University of Lucerne

Contact: mira.burri@unilu.ch

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: WTO, WTO and digital trade, intellectual property

Publications/Research:

Trade in Services Regulation in the Data-driven Economy

How Should the WTO Respond to the Data-driven Economy?

Anupam Chandar, Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Contact: ac1931@georgetown.edu

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: communications and technology law, intellectual property, international trade, privacy

Publications/Research:

The Electronic Silk Road: How the Web Binds the World Together in Commerce

Data Nationalism

The Battle to Define Asia’s Intellectual Property Law: From TPP to RCEP

Sabina Ciofu, Head of EU and Trade Policy, techUK (Policy Advisor in the European Parliament for almost a decade)

Contact: sabina.ciofu@techuk.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: tech-related legislation, international trade and EU-US relations, relationship between artificial intelligence and foreign policy decision-making

Publications:

A Vision for UK Digital Trade Policy

Dan Ciuriak, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (GIGI); Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Contact: dan@ciuriakconsulting.com

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: economics of the data-driven economy and the international trade aspects of the digital

Publications/Research:

The Economics of Data: Implications for the Data-driven Economy

World Trade Organization 2.0: Reforming Multilateral Trade Rules for the Digital Age

Nigel Cory, Associate Director, Trade Policy, Information and Technology Innovation Foundation (and former Australian trade official)

Contact: ncory@itif.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: ecommerce, digital trade, data governance, data-driven innovation, digital intellectual property, WTO ecommerce negotiations, and digital development

Publications/Research:

Cross-Border Data Flows: Where Are the Barriers, and What Do They Cost?

The False Appeal of Data Nationalism: Why the Value of Data Comes From How It’s Used, Not Where It’s Stored

Connecting Digital Economies: Policy Recommendations for Cross-Border Payments

Thomas Cottier, Professor, University of Bern (former Managing Director of the World Trade Institute)

Contact: thomas.cottier@wti.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: intellectual property and international trade regulation, human rights and theory of multilevel governance, and general principles of law

Publications/Research:

Introduction: Digital Technologies and International Trade Regulation

Current Alliances in International Intellectual Property Lawmaking: The Emergence and Impact of Mega-Regionals

Sissi De la Peña, Regional Digital Trade Manager, ALAI Public Policy & Government Affairs

Contact: sissidelapena@alai.lat

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: digital trade & commerce, digital taxation

Publications/Research:

La importancia de la economía digital para el desarrollo de México

T-MEC, el primer tratado en integrar al comercio digital con aparente beneficio a Pymes

William J. Drake, Professor, University of Zurich

Contact: william.drake@uzh.ch

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: ICT and Internet global governance; WTO and digital trade agreements; cross-border data flows & data localization

Publications/Research:

What Would Internet Fragmentation Mean for the Digital Economy?

Background Paper WEF Workshop on Data Localization and Barriers to Transborder Data Flows

Sam duPont, Deputy Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, German Marshall Fund (former Director, Digital Trade, Office of the US Trade Representative)

Contact: sdupont@gmfus.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: WTO e-commerce negotiations, US-EU digital trade relations, Indian digital policy, foreign investment review, surveillance technology

Publications/Research:

An Open Alliance for Digital Trade

On Facial Recognition, the U.S. Isn’t China—Yet

Manfred Elsig, Professor, University of Bern

Contact: manfred.elsig@wti.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: politics of international trade, digital trade, regional trade agreements, and private actors in global politics

Publications/Research:

Thinking About the Performance of the World Trade Organization: A Discussion Across Disciplines

Robert (Bob) Fay, Director of Research for Digital Economy, Centre for International Governance Innovation (GIGI)

Contact: rfay@cigionline.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: digital economy, macro- and micro-economic research and policy analysis

Publications/Research:

The Critical Numbers Game: How Models can Inform the Pandemic Policy Response from Lockdown to Reboot

The Global Economy Faces a Slow, Fragile Recovery

Janos Ferencz, Trade Policy Analyst, Trade in Services Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD

Contact: Janos.FERENCZ@oecd.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: services trade, digital trade regulations, barriers to digital trade

Publications/Research:

The OECD Digital Services Trade Restrictiveness Index

Digital Trade and Market Openness

Martina Francesca Ferracane,  Research Associate & DTE Project Manager 
ECIPE (European Centre for International Political Economy)

Areas of expertise: digital trade, data flows, digital trade restrictions

Publications:

https://voxeu.org/article/cost-data-protectionism

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3490193 

Henry S. Gao, Professor, Singapore Management University

Contact: henrygao@smu.edu.sg

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: WTO, e-commerce negotiations, free trade agreements, data regulation, China

Publications/Research:

Data Regulation with Chinese Characteristics

Digital or Trade? The Contrasting Approaches of China and US to Digital Trade

Stephanie Honey, Honey Consulting and former trade negotiator for New Zealand

Contact: stephanie@honeyconsulting.co.nz

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: digital trade rules, the digital economy, regional economic integration, the World Trade Organization (WTO), agriculture and food trade

Publications/Research:

Looking for Cloud Nine: Leveraging the benefits of digital trade for New Zealand

Agribusiness Report: Breaking global barriers by supporting digital trade

Kristina Irion, Professor, University of Amsterdam; Research Director in public policy at the Centre for Media and Communications Studies at the Central European University in Budapest

Contact: k.irion@uva.nl

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: EU law, International trade law, Human rights-based governance, Global data value chains, Transnational technologies

Publications/Research:

Prospective Policy Study on Artificial Intelligence and EU Trade Policy

Toward Compatibility of the EU Trade Policy with the General Data Protection Regulation

Burku Kilic, Director, Digital Rights Program & Research Director, Public Citizen

Contact: bkilic@citizen.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: trade agreements, privacy, data protection, consumer rights, transparency, intellectual property, and AI

Publications/Research:

Opening Spaces for Digital Rights Activism: Multilateral Trade Negotiations

The Highlights of the Trans-Pacific Partnership E-commerce Chapter

Dongchul Kwak, Researcher, Korea International Trade Association

Contact: kwakie@kita.net

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: digital trade, international economic law

Publications/Research:

Online Platform Providers in the Sharing Economy: Emergence of New Service Suppliers?

Trade Negotiations in the Digital Era: The Case of OTT Video Streaming Services

Patrick LeBlond, Professor, University of Ottawa, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (GIGI)

Contact: patrick.leblond@uottawa.ca

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: global economic governance and international political economy, regional economic integration, financial regulation, and business and public policy

Publications/Research:

Digital Trade at the WTO: The CPTPP and CUSMA Pose Challenges to Canadian Data Regulation

A Plurilateral “Single Data Area” Is the Solution to Canada’s Data Trilemma

Javier López González, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, OECD – OCDE

Contact: Javier.LOPEZGONZALEZ@oecd.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: WTO e-commerce discussions, economic analysis of digital trade, cross-border data flows, e-commerce moratorium

Publications/Research:

Digital Trade and Market Openness

When Linder Meets Hirschman: Inter-Industry Linkages and Global Value Chains in Business Services

Joshua Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; former trade negotiator for Australia

Contact: jmeltzer@brookings.edu

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: WTO and FTA negotiations relating to investment, services and digital trade; G20 data flow priorities; APEC digital economy and trade developments

Publications/Research:

A WTO Reform Agenda: Data Flows and International Regulatory Cooperation

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Developing Trade Policy for Digital Trade

Teresa Scassa, Research Chair in Information Law, University of Ottawa Law School

Contact: Teresa.Scassa@uottawa.ca

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy

Publications/Research:

A Human Rights-Based Approach to Data Protection in Canada

Open Data and Privacy

Antony Taubman, Director, Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization

Contact: antony.taubman@wto.org

Areas of Expertise/Specialization: intellectual property, digital trade, trade in knowledge

Publications/Research:

Discontent Industries? Creative Works and International Trade Law: Making Sense of 'Analogue' IP Rules in a Digital Age

‘Trade-Related’ After All? Reframing the Paris and Berne Conventions as Multilateral Trade Law

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