Digital Commerce (just-in-time course)


This course provides an interdisciplinary coverage of digital commerce, from both digital and trade perspectives. It builds the knowledge and capacity of participants to engage in digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions on the multilateral and bilateral levels. It is aimed at diplomats, in particular those based in Geneva, staff of trade-related international organisations, and capital-based officials, from developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs). The course is offered by DiploFoundation (Diplo), CUTS International Geneva, the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP).

Participants will gain the practical skills and information required to discuss specific aspects of digital policy, including:

  • cross-border data flows and data localisation,
  • e-signatures and authentication,
  • online consumer protection and privacy,
  • cybersecurity, and
  • access to the source code.

The course adopts a ‘just-in-time’ approach, focusing on ongoing digital trade negotiations and policy processes taking place in International Geneva. It will cover discussions on digital commerce in preparation for the 12th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference (MC12), scheduled from 30 November to 3 December 2021.

Application deadline: 12 May 2021

Duration: 6 weeks
Fees: 990 CHF. Full fee waiver available for selected participants
Mode(s) of study: Certificate