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Vol 23 No 6 June/July 2018

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The World Trade Organization Knowledge Agreements 2nd ed isbn 9780521881234

The New World Trade Organization Agreements

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ISBN13: 9780521773553
ISBN: 0521773555
New Edition ISBN: 9780521881234
Published: March 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This insightful book assesses the impact of the WTO through the medium of two new multilateral agreements - the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPs). It explains how these agreements push trade policies 'behind the border', mediating conflicts between contrasting legalities and negotiating political and cultural, as well as economic, issues. Detailed case studies address topics of global significance: competition between different types of legal services, ownership claims to the genetic codes of plants and animals, and access to the content resources and technical facilities of the on-line media. With the Millennium Trade Round in the balance, the book assesses the WTO's potential to move beyond laissez-faire and provide support for independent and alternative producers, providers and users.

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International Trade
Part I. Globalization, Law and the WTO: 1. Trade law as global mediator; 2. A global context; 3. The World Trade Organisation
Part II. Services: 4. The general agreement on trade services; 5. The case of legal services
Part III. Intellectual Property: 6. Agreement on trade-related intellectual property rights; 7. The case of genetic codes
Part IV. Convergence: 8. The case of communications media; 9. Conclusions and prospects.