When: Thursday, 9 March 2023, 18.00 for 18.15 start until 20.00

Where: City of London Corporation, Basinghall Suite, Guildhall Art Gallery, Gresham Street, EC2V 7HH

RSVP: Please register here by 1 March 2023

Dress: Business attire

The AERL, in partnership with the City of London Corporation, is delighted to invite its members to a presentation by Sam Lowe, Partner at Flint Gobal on ’The Future of Digital Services Trade’ .

The UK’s modern trade deals aim to boost digital trade, prevent restrictions on the free flow of data, and unlock new commercial opportunities. Yet in practice, most policy makers and businesses struggle to articulate how and why free trade agreements facilitate cross-border movements of data and digital services. Drawing on the UK’s recent FTAs as case studies, Sam Lowe’s research demonstrates that digital commitments in free trade agreements come heavily caveated. Parties can, and do, fall back on national security, public policy, or prudential concerns to wriggle out of their trade commitments. This event will look into the challenges business and service providers face and how they can be overcome with the help and better understanding of the diplomatic community acting through representatives such as the AERL.


18.00  Registration
18.15 Welcome remarks by:
– Duncan Richardson, Head of Global Trade Policy Innovation and Growth, City of London Corporation
– Marcus Rothen, Co-Chair of AERL
18.25 Presentation by Sam Lowe, Partner, Flint Global on ´The Future of Digital Services Trade
18.45 Q&A
19.10 Closing Remarks by Marcus Rothen, Co-Chair of AERL
19.15Networking reception