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This course aims to assist permanent missions and international organisations in Geneva to increase their knowledge and capacity to engage in multilateral digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions. The course is aimed particularly at participants from developing and least developed countries (LDCs), based in Geneva. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. The course is offered by DiploFoundation (Diplo), CUTS International Geneva, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Geneva Internet Platform(GIP), and delivered with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It is funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The course will benefit diplomats who follow digital trade negotiations on the multilateral and bilateral levels. While improving their knowledge of e-commerce, participants will also gain the practical skills and information required to discuss specific digital policy aspects, such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity, consumer protection and the implication of emerging technologies to digital trade, such as the Internet of Things and 3D printing. The course focuses in particular on digital trade negotiations and policy processes taking place in International Geneva.

Due to the blended learning course format which includes weekly face-to-face meetings, registration for this session of the Digital Commerce course is open only to applicants based in Geneva.

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Application deadline: TBA
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Duration: 6 weeks
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This course aims to assist permanent missions and international organisations in Geneva to increase their knowledge and capacity to engage in multilateral digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions. The course is aimed particularly at participants from developing and least developed countries (LDCs), based in Geneva. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. The course is offered by DiploFoundation (Diplo), CUTS International Geneva, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Geneva Internet Platform(GIP), and delivered with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It is funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The course will benefit diplomats who follow digital trade negotiations on the multilateral and bilateral levels. While improving their knowledge of e-commerce, participants will also gain the practical skills and information required to discuss specific digital policy aspects, such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity, consumer protection and the implication of emerging technologies to digital trade, such as the Internet of Things and 3D printing. The course focuses in particular on digital trade negotiations and policy processes taking place in International Geneva.

Due to the blended learning course format which includes weekly face-to-face meetings, registration for this session of the Digital Commerce course is open only to applicants based in Geneva.
 

Course topics

The issues covered in the course include:

  • Internet functionality and online business models
  • Economic policy issues of relevance for digital commerce
    • taxation
    • e-payments
    • Blockchain, virtual currencies and Bitcoin in online transactions
    • competition
    • consumer protection
    • authentication and digital signatures
  • Regional trade agreements
  • International trade negotiations and multilateral discussions at the WTO
  • Digital commerce and Internet governance
    • cybersecurity
    • privacy and data protection
    • cross-border data transfers and data localisation
  • Emerging digital commerce issues: Internet of things, big data, artificial intelligence and 3D printing

The course will be of interest to:

  • Geneva-based diplomats from developing countries and LDCs

  • Other Geneva-based professionals from developing countries and LDCs

Priority will be given to applicants with previous professional or academic experience in digital commerce, and efforts will be made to ensure regional and gender balance.

 

The course will run from 29 January to 7 March 2018, using a blended learning technique combining a dynamic exchange in an online classroom with lunchtime learning sessions at the Geneva Internet Platform.

Throughout each course week, participants will interact in the online classroom. The weekly discussion will continue during group meetings scheduled for 13.00 to 14.00 each Wednesday. During the informal sandwich lunch, the course faculty will clarify pending issues from the week’s online interaction, and discuss ongoing policy processes with participants. The first face-to-face meeting, an introductory/orientation meeting, is scheduled (exceptionally) for Monday, 29 January.

Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a course certificate issued by the partner institutions.

 

Applicants for this course must be based in Geneva. They should have basic knowledge of trade and commerce negotiations.

Selected applicants from developing countries and LDCs will be granted a full scholarship to attend this course.

Applications for the course session starting on 29 January 2018 are now closed. Please check back for information on future course sessions.

Please apply for this course only if you are based in Geneva. Applications from other locations cannot be considered for this session.

Please do not forget to fill out the short motivation statement on the application form (100 - 150 words) explaining the reasons for your interest in this course. What are your personal and professional objectives for the future, and how will this course help you to reach them?

Late applications will be considered only if places remain in the course.

For questions, please contact Ms Marilia Maciel at mariliam@diplomacy.edu  

Contact admissions

DiploFoundation (attn Tanja Nikolic)

Anutruf, Ground Floor
Hriereb Street
Msida, MSD 1675, Malta
Tel: +356 21 333 323; Fax: +356 21 315 574
admissions@diplomacy.edu

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