Wednesday 26 June 2019 | Melbourne Law School | Room 920, Level 9
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | 185 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053

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The ability to move data globally is transforming international trade.  Small businesses can use platforms to reach customers globally, services can be increasingly exported online and using sensor and data analytics, business can provide services to add value to traditional goods exports.  In addition, new technologies such as AI rely on access to data globally.

This seminar will discuss how data enables new digital technologies and affects international trade and the implications for international trade law at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and in Free Trade Agreements (FTA).


Dr. Meltzer is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. At Brookings. Meltzer is an expert on digital trade law and policy issues and leads Brookings Digital Economy and Trade Project.  He also works on the legal and regulatory aspects of financing sustainable infrastructure projects to meet climate change and development needs.

Meltzer has testified on international trade and climate change issues before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the European Parliament. He has been an expert witness in litigation on digital trade and privacy issues in the EU and a consultant to the World Bank on trade and privacy matters. He is also a member of Australia’s National Data Advisory Council.

Meltzer teaches digital trade law at Melbourne University Law School and a course on emerging technologies and the law at Monash University Law School. He has taught international trade law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School and Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and has been a guest lecturer on digital trade at Columbia University Law School.

Prior to joining Brookings, Meltzer was posted as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for trade, climate and energy issues and prior to that he was an international trade lawyer and trade negotiator in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also worked as an attorney at Sackville Wilks & Co in Melbourne, Australia.

Meltzer has appeared in print and news media, including the Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg, MSNBC, CBS, Fox, the Asahi Shimbun and China Daily. Meltzer holds an S.J.D. and LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and law and commerce degrees from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.