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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
Start date: TBA
Duration: 6 weeks
Mode(s) of study: Certificate

Lecturers

Mr Julien Grollier

Julien Grollier is a Programme Officer at CUTS International, Geneva, an NGO catalysing the pro-trade, pro-equity voices of the Global South in trade and development debates in Geneva. Responsible for advocacy and networking, he coordinated ...

Dr Marion Jansen

Dr Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and in this position responsible for the ITC’s flagship publication SME Competitiveness Outlook. She previously held senior positions in the World Tra...

Mr Rashid S. Kaukab

Rashid S. Kaukab is Executive Director, CUTS International Geneva, Switzerland. One of his key responsibilities is to develop, implement and evaluate technical assistance and capacity building projects and programmes for developing and least...

Prof. Jovan Kurbalija

Prof. Jovan Kurbalija is the Founding Director of DiploFoundation and the Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. A former diplomat, Prof. Kurbalija has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information te...

Ms Marilia Maciel

Ms Marília Maciel is a Digital Policy Senior Researcher at DiploFoundation. Previously, she was a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She serves a...

Dr Roxana Radu

Dr Roxana Radu is Program Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and Internet Governance Associate at DiploFoundation. The GIP fulfils the mission of a platform for discussion, a cap...

Ms Marie Sicat

Ms Marie Sicat is Coordinator of the ICT Policy Review (ICTPR) Programme and an Associate Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.  ...

Ms Jimena Sotelo

Jimena Sotelo has over 8 years of experience in international trade in the private sector and in international organizations. She has worked for the think tank ICTSD in Geneva and for the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D...

Mr Quan Zhao

Quan Zhao is trade policy advisor in the Office of the Chief Economist, International Trade Centre (ITC). His main portfolio at the ITC includes policy research and project management in the areas of trade in services, e-commerce, digital ec...

Course details

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

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Tel: +356 21 333 323; Fax: +356 21 315 574
admissions@diplomacy.edu

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