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Intellectual Property and the New International Economic Order
Oligopoly, Regulation, and Wealth Redistribution in the Global Knowledge Economy


  • Date Published: April 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316629161

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  • In economic sectors crucial to human welfare – agriculture, education, and medicine – a small number of firms control global markets, primarily by enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights incorporated into trade agreements made in the 1980s onward. Such rights include patents on seeds and medicines, copyrights for educational texts, and trademarks in consumer products. According to conventional wisdom, these agreements likewise ended hopes for a 'New International Economic Order,' under which wealth would be redistributed from rich countries to poor. Sam F. Halabi turns this conventional wisdom on its head by demonstrating that the New International Economic Order never faded, but rather was redirected by other treaties, formed outside the nominally economic sphere, that protected poor countries' interests in education, health, and nutrition and resulted in redistribution and regulation. This illuminating work should be read by anyone seeking a nuanced view of how IP is shaping the global knowledge economy.

    • Identifies a coherent and unified way of looking at seemingly disparate phenomena in international economic law
    • Explores a largely neglected dimension of the global wealth inequality debate
    • Addresses complex issues in international economics and international relations without resorting to technical language or jargon
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    'Professor Halabi breathes new life into the foundations of intellectual property in this insightful and important book. Part history, part economics, and part political science, Halabi's analytical tools force us to address the important issues at the heart of intellectual property law: how to design global legal institutions that promote equitable distribution and a vibrant international economic system that responds to the needs of all citizens. In a revanchist age where ugly nationalism and irresponsible globalism sometimes appear to be the only choices, Halabi offers a clear and rigorously defined vision that should inform scholars and policy makers who care about intellectual property law and its potential for promoting the good life.' Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law

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    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316629161
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: global wealth and the rise of intellectual property
    Part I. Movements in Global Wealth Creation and Redistribution:
    1. Economic development in low- and middle-income countries after decolonization
    2. The expansion of international intellectual property protection
    3. The merger between international intellectual property, investment, and trade law
    Part II. Rethinking Wealth: Firms, Basic Human Needs, and Technology:
    4. The pivot to basic human needs
    5. The rise of supranational regulation of global firms
    6. Access to medicines and vaccines
    7. Food and agriculture
    8. Consumer products
    9. Educational and scientific printed works
    Part III. International Intellectual Property Shelters: Redistributing Wealth and Regulating Oligopolies:
    10. Medicines and vaccines
    11. Biological and plant genetic resources for agriculture
    12. Food and tobacco trademarks
    13. Limiting copyright
    Part IV. International Intellectual Property Shelters, Wealth Redistribution, and the Supranational Regulation of Global Firms:
    14. International intellectual property shelters as mechanisms of redistribution
    15. International intellectual property shelters and supranational regulation

  • Author

    Sam F. Halabi, University of Missouri, Columbia
    Sam F. Halabi is the 2017–18 Fulbright Research Professor in Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at the University of Ottawa. He is also a Scholar at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Missouri. Halabi is the editor of Global Management of Infectious Disease after Ebola (2016) and Food and Drug Regulation in an Era of Globalized Markets (2015). His work is published in JAMA, the Lancet, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. He is also the co-chair (with Gian Luca Burci) of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Working Group of the Global Virome Project. Halabi holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Kansas State University.

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