As co-editor-in Chief of the JIEL, I’m delighted to present the Special Issue of this year’s JIEL. It offers a selection of papers presented at an academic conference on the sidelines of the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference which was held in Buenos Aires in December 2017. One of our goals was to give voice to a broader variety of scholars in the field of international economic law, at a critical juncture for the multilateral trading system. Although the conference addressed other topics too, the Special Issue is clustered around two themes: first, a substantive theme focused on e-commerce and the digital economy and how trade rules could or should adapt to them; secondly, a process-based theme addressing how trade rules could be better improved and updated. For more, see here.