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E-Commerce in Light of International Trade Agreements: The WTO and the United States-Jordan Free Trade Agreement

Malkawi, Bashar H. (2006): E-Commerce in Light of International Trade Agreements: The WTO and the United States-Jordan Free Trade Agreement. Published in: International Journal of Law and Information Technology , Vol. 15, (20 July 2006): pp. 153-169.

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Abstract

E-commerce offers economy-wide benefits. World Trade Organization (WTO) members recognized the benefits e-commerce offers and have developed a work program to facilitate the development of e-commerce. However, WTO efforts to facilitate e-commerce have stalled, leading to a slower than anticipated progress. As fundamental differences continue to stall progress in the WTO’s program on e-commerce, the United States concluded a free trade agreement with Jordan. This agreement was the first ever to incorporate explicit provisions on e-commerce. This article analyzes how existing trade agreements have dealt with e-commerce. The article gives an overview of the situation in WTO.

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