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This course aims to assist permanent missions and international organisations in Geneva to deal with fast emerging digital commerce issues. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. The course is delivered by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and DiploFoundation.

The course will benefit diplomats who follow digital commerce negotiations on the multilateral and bilateral levels and other professionals in the field of trade. While improving their knowledge on e-commerce, participants will also gain the practical skills and information required to discuss specific digital policy issues, such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and the implication of emerging technologies  to digital commerce, such as algorithms, the Internet of Things, and 3D printing. The course will focus on e-commerce negotiations and policy processes that are currently 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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Open for applications: Yes
Application deadline: 19 April 2017
Start date: 26 April 2017
Fees: 1000 CHF; Scholarships available
Mode(s) of study: Certificate

Lecturers

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 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 Jovan Kurbalija

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

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...

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 Quan Zhao

Mr 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...

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.  The ICTPR Programme pro...

Course details

This course aims to assist permanent missions and international organisations in Geneva to deal with fast emerging digital commerce issues. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. The course is delivered by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and DiploFoundation.

The course will benefit diplomats who follow digital commerce negotiations on the multilateral and bilateral levels and other professionals in the field of trade. While improving their knowledge on e-commerce, participants will also gain the practical skills and information required to discuss specific digital policy issues, such as cross-border data flows, data localisation, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and the implication of emerging technologies  to digital commerce, such as algorithms, the Internet of Things, and 3D printing. The course will focus on e-commerce negotiations and policy processes that are currently 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

Digital commerce and development will be the transversal theme of the course, covered horizontally throughout all modules. The five course modules are:  

  • Internet functionality and online business models: The flow of data and money in cyberspace

  • Digital COMMERCE: issues, negotiations, and agreements

    • Regional and bilateral processes

    • Negotiations at the World Trade Organization

  • Digital ECONOMY: Economic policy issues of relevance for digital commerce

    • Taxation

    • Virtual currencies in online transactions

    • Consumer protection and enhancing trust

  • Digital SOCIETY: digital policy issues of relevance for trade and development

    • Cybersecurity

    • Privacy, cross-border data flows, and data localisation

    • Intermediary liability

    • Digital aspects included in the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Emerging digital commerce issues: the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and big data, codes and algorithms

 

In addition to ‘digital commerce’, which is the expression used in the course title, the course will employ other terms adopted in this field, including e-commerce, digital trade, online trade, and e-trade.

 

The course will be of interest to:

  • Geneva-based diplomats who follow digital commerce negotiations on the multilateral and bilateral levels; and
  • Other Geneva-based professionals in the field of trade and commerce.

The course runs from 26 April to 31 May 2017, using a blended learning methodology which combines dynamic exchanges in an online classroom with lunchtime learning sessions at the Geneva Internet Platform office.

Throughout each course week, participants will interact in the online classroom. The weekly discussion will continue during group meetings, scheduled every Wednesday from 13:00 to 14:00 CET. During the informal lunch, the teaching team will clarify pending issues from the week’s online interaction, and discuss ongoing policy processes with participants. The first face-to-face meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 26th April.

Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a course certificate.

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

The course fee is CHF 1000. A limited number of scholarships for participants from developing countries will be provided by the organisers of the course. All requests for scholarships will be handled by the GIP.

Please apply online using our online application form by 19 April 2017. 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 indicate on the application form if you are requesting a scholarship (applicants from developing countries only). If you are requesting a scholarship, note that the application form asks you to provide a short motivation statement (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. In case of enquiries, please contact Dr Roxana Radu at roxanar@diplomacy.edu or +41 (0) 22 730 8623.

Contact admissions

DiploFoundation (attn Tanja Nikolic)

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

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