Data Flow-Related Provisions in Preferential Trade Agreements
Book chapter by Manfred Elsig and Sebastian Klotz in Mira Burri (Ed.), Big Data and Global Trade Law, published by Cambridge University Press (2021), pp. 42-62
The chapter explores data-related provisions in preferential trade agreements and analyzes trends and patterns in their evolution based on a comprehensive dataset. The chapter explores in particular indicators aggregated from the data that attempt to capture various salient dimensions of the data flow–related provisions in PTAs and uses those indicators to enquire into the trends over time, exploring the rule-makers’ roles through both text-as-data analyses and manual coding of data-related design features. The chapter concludes by outlining possible next research avenues in the area of digital trade governance.