Trade in the Digital Era: Prospects and Challenges for an International Single Window Environment

  • Abhinayan Basu BalEmail author
  • Trisha Rajput
Part of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law book series (NYIL, volume 48)


During the past decade, countries have increasingly embraced digitization leading to convergence in technologies and industries. However, norm setting in e-commerce has so far been largely domestic, giving rise to a paradox of internal acceptance vis-à-vis external resistance. This chapter introduces the work of various international and regional institutions, with international single window environment as the focal point, to determine whether technological and industrial convergence has been reciprocated by institutional cooperation. The chapter critically evaluates the lawmaking initiatives of regional and international institutions to show that greater institutional cooperation and usage of innovative governance techniques such as recourse/endorsement of private standards in international economic law are the way forward for improving trade regulation in the digital era.


Trade facilitation International single window environment ASEAN Single Window Single window Supply chain visibility Transport single window Electronic transferable records Identity management and trust services Private standards Institutional cooperation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business, Economics and LawUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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