Common Law’s Dr. Wolfgang Alscghner has received an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a project entitled “Multilateralizing ‘WTO-extra’ Issues: A computational analysis of rule convergence in preferential trade agreements”.
Since the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) twenty years ago, international trade has changed radically due to fast-paced progress in modern information and communication technology. Yet the multilateral rules governing international trade are still those of the pre-Internet era. As a result, the WTO is ill-equipped to deal with many policy areas vital for 21st century trade, from e-commerce to investment protection. These so-called “WTO-extra” issues are instead being regulated in bilateral or regional preferential trade agreements. Professor Alschner’s research will combine state-of-the-art computational social science techniques with legal analysis to empirically assess whether existing bilateral rules could provide a blueprint for future multilateral rulemaking.
SSHRC’s Insight Development Grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas.
Congratulations to Dr. Alschner!