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 comparable to motion pictures, radio, and books is still some of the most divisive concerns within the association. After assessing the commercial and social arguments for treating cultural items otherwise from such things as metal or wheat, this 2007 ebook explains how the tremendously varied perspectives of WTO contributors in past negotiations resulted in an consequence that's disappointing for all. It is going directly to supply a accomplished review of attainable options, together with evolution of the legislations via WTO dispute payment, an contract outdoors the WTO, and reforms to enhance the stability among alternate liberalization and cultural coverage ambitions.

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1 Definitions It is useful to contemplate the wide-ranging issues raised by culture in order to understand the reluctance of some WTO Members to provide any special treatment for culture in the WTO rules. At the same time, it is not possible here to cover all aspects of culture that may be affected by international trade. The rest of this book therefore explores a particular notion of culture, in the form of certain defined ‘cultural products’ created or provided by certain ‘cultural industries’, as a specific example or case study of the potential conflict between trade and culture in the WTO and how such a conflict may be resolved.

First, this reading is inconsistent with the preamble to the Marrakesh Agreement, which appears to recognise other legitimate objectives of WTO Members, as already mentioned. e. other than for measures ‘relating to the conservation of exhaustible natural resources . 49 Moreover, it is a key factor in maintaining support for and institutional legitimacy of the WTO. , Appellate Body Report, US – Shrimp, [129]. 45 Mavroidis, ‘Like Products’, 129. Mattoo and Subramanian, ‘Regulatory Autonomy’, 308, 313–14.

IV:1, IV:4, VI, VII:1; UNESCO, Recommendation Concerning the International Exchange of Cultural Property, 19 C/Resolutions, annex I, 16 (26 November 1976) [2]; Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, art. 7. 61 According to these definitions, culture may refer both to concrete products of artistic endeavour (whether traditional or popular, commercial or non-profit) and to less tangible notions or ‘ways of life’. Within these broad definitions of culture, almost any form of international trade or trade policy could reasonably be interpreted as having a cultural aspect or influence.

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