Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization - Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law 54 (Hardback)
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Cultural Products and the World Trade Organization - Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law 54 (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 28/06/2007
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Debate about trade and culture has a long history, but the application of WTO rules to cultural products such as films, radio, and books remains one of the most divisive issues in the organization. After assessing the economic and social arguments for treating cultural products differently from things like steel or wheat, this 2007 book explains how the vastly different views of WTO members in earlier negotiations led to an outcome that is disappointing for all. It goes on to provide a comprehensive evaluation of possible solutions, including evolution of the law through WTO dispute settlement, an agreement outside the WTO, and reforms to improve the balance between trade liberalization and cultural policy objectives.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521873277
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'Voon examines each solution, its advantages, implications and possible shortfalls. While she finds no silver bullet for the problem, Voon calls for action as UNESCO's new convention affecting trade and cultural diversity enters into force in 2007 and the WTO's Doha Round of negotiations stumbles. This book is not biased in favour of trade or culture. Voon presents some solutions that should be acceptable to both sides, citing international trade treaties and other materials extensively, while explaining the reasons for different countries' arguments. She also provides a discussion of the role of international law in WTO disputes, while taking into account political ramifications.' Law Library Journal
Review of the hardback: '... Voon provides a balanced and thoughtful view of the highly complex issues surrounding the challenge of protecting and promoting culture and cultural diversity, while at the same time pursuing the goal of further trade liberalisation among Member States. Ultimately, the greatest merit of the very comprehensive and insightful book is that is proposes a clear solution to the stalemate in the trade-and-culture debate.' Global Law Books

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