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Introduction to digital trade regulations in Asia and Latin America

16 Oct-26 Nov 2023 | Course

The online course is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), the UN Economic Commission and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN- ESCAP), and the European University Institute (EUI), with the support of a project by the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC).


Idioma del curso English
Online course
Tipo de financiamiento

Nanno Mulder

Nanno Mulder

Target audience

This introductory course is for professionals from the public sector, firms, NGOs, universities, and think tanks with little prior knowledge or experience in digital trade regulations, policy making, and research. The live sessions will be in English for participants from the Asia-Pacific region and in Spanish for participants from Latin America.


Course language

English and Spanish

Registration contact

Alejandro Fredes

This interdisciplinary course is designed for policymakers and researchers who want to develop a critical understanding of global digital trade regulations. The rise of digital trade, which covers trade in digital goods and online services, foreign direct investment in sectors relevant to the digital economy, and data movement, is a new reality that our economies are adjusting to. New digital technologies, such as 3D printing, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and autonomous driving are creating new services and ways of working, which impact citizens, businesses, and governments. Regulating the digital revolution is proving exceptionally challenging, also given the pace at which it is evolving.

On the one hand, policymakers are applying policies designed for an ‘offline’ world to the new online world. On the other hand, they are designing policies to consider broad economic and non-economic concerns, including public security, law enforcement, national security, privacy, consumer protection, and free speech. The course will shed light on this topic by introducing the concept of digital trade and its regulations, highlighting the importance of informed policy-making decisions, including in the context of the recent negotiations of trade agreements.


The course takes place from October 16th to November 26th. The online meetings take place each Thursday. The course platform remains open until December 10th, so participants can complete the assignments to obtain their diploma.


This course is free of charge, but applicants must a) register here and b) send a letter of recommendation from their employer indicating how this course contributes to the institution and/or the person taking it. This letter should be sent to Alejandro Fredes (

Applications will be received until October 6th. Applications received after this date will not be considered in the selection process.

More information about the course is attached


Module 1:

  • Introduction to digital trade: definitions, components, and global statistics;
  • Introduction to digital trade regulations: main sources, assessment of regulations, global trends;

Module 2: Digital trade policies related to ICT goods: overview and assessment.

Module 3: Digital trade policies related to online services: overview and assessment.

Module 4: Digital trade policies related to data flows: overview and assessment.

Module 5: Informing policy-making: empirical research on digital trade.

Module 6: Digital trade regulations in the context of trade agreements.