Private Power, Public Law: The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights

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Juni 2005



Susan Sell's book reveals how power in international politics is increasingly exercised by private interests rather than governments. In 1994 the World Trade Organization (WTO) adopted the Agreement in Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which dictated to states how they should regulate the protection of intellectual property. This book argues that TRIPS resulted from lobbying by powerful multinational corporations who wished to mould international law to protect their markets.


1. Introduction; 2. Structures, agents, and institutions; 3. US intellectual property rights in historical perspective; 4. The domestic origins of a trade-based approach to intellectual property; 5. The Intellectual Property Committee and transnational mobilization; 6. Life after TRIPS: aggression and opposition; 7. Conclusion: structured agency revisited.


Susan K. Sell is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She is the author of Power and Ideas: The North-South Politics of Intellectual Property and Antitrust (1998).


'... a very good book ... lucidly and engagingly written as well as being excellently researched.' The King's College Law Journal
EAN: 9780521525398
ISBN: 052152539X
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Internati'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2005
Seitenanzahl: 244 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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