Under the subject "On the future of the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention" Prof. Wolffgang published an article in the 88th edition of WCO News together with Prof. Rogmann from Brunswick European Law School, Germany. The article presents possible framework conditions regarding the modernization of the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention. This Convention represents the central agreement of international customs law and there are efforts to make it future proof.
The authors elucidate that multiple new challenges for the international community will arise out of political circumstances (for example BREXIT, bilateral trade agreements and conflicts in the world trade) and the development of of new technologies (such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology). Therefore, the international organizations like the WCO need to adopt the legal frameworks. This challenge could be solved but the WCO would need to look even further than its own specific customs horizons. The aim must be to bring together the regulations currently distributed across different instruments in a uniform and binding body of international law which can serve as a model law for national and regional customs regulations.
Furthermore, Prof. Rogmann and Prof. Wolffgang recommend to involve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the sustained economic groth (SDG 8), the fight against climate change (SDG 13), the sustainable use of the oceans (SDG 14) and strengthenig the global partnership (SDG 17). Such an approach is not yet anchored in the international customs community. By linking customs law and SDGs as outlined above, the authors position themselves at the forefront of the emerging negotiations on the future definition of customs tasks.
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