Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization by Tania Voon

By Tania Voon

Debate approximately exchange and tradition has an extended historical past, however the software of WTO ideas to cultural items equivalent to motion pictures, radio, and books continues to be probably the most divisive matters within the association. After assessing the industrial and social arguments for treating cultural items otherwise from such things as metal or wheat, this 2007 e-book explains how the tremendously diversified perspectives of WTO contributors in previous negotiations ended in an consequence that's disappointing for all. It is going directly to offer a entire assessment of attainable options, together with evolution of the legislation via WTO dispute cost, an contract outdoor the WTO, and reforms to enhance the stability among alternate liberalization and cultural coverage targets.

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Regional trade under NAFTA or the EC, and interstate trade in countries such as Australia or the USA. TRADE AND CULTURE 7 or concerns other than trade liberalisation, such as development and the environment, noting that Members’ trade should allo[w] for the optimal use of the world’s resources in accordance with the objective of sustainable development, seeking both to protect and preserve the environment and to enhance the means for doing so in a manner consistent with their respective needs and concerns at different levels of economic development, Recognizing further that there is need for positive efforts designed to ensure that developing countries, and especially the least developed among them, secure a share in the growth in international trade commensurate with the needs of their economic development .

At Harvard. I thank also Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Cheng Lim for supporting my decision to take leave for further study, and the University of Melbourne Law School for providing research support funds in the final stages of my work. The referees who helped me get into all this in the first place include Michael Bryan, Emma Henderson, Ian Malkin, Pene Mathew, Tim McCormack, Wayne Morgan, Kim Rubenstein, Cheryl Saunders, Anne-Marie Slaughter (who taught me how to write again), and Kris Walker.

In the context of international law, despite the proliferation of treaties and declarations on the subject, no single agreed definition of culture exists. 60 In the context of economics, David Throsby adopts a broadly similar and equally wide-ranging definition. He identifies two particular senses in which the word ‘culture’ is used: ‘in a broadly anthropological or sociological framework to describe a set 57 58 59 60 Throsby, Economics and Culture, 132. , Convention on Cultural Property in Armed Conflict, art.

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