Reconciling Trade and Culture: A Global Law Perspective

Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, No. 41, 2011

NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper No. 2009/45

18 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2009 Last revised: 14 May 2011

Mira Burri

University of Lucerne

Date Written: December 1, 2009

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the most essential issues in the trade and culture discourse from a global law perspective. It looks into the intensified disconnect between trade and culture and exposes its flaws and the considerable drawbacks that it brings with it. It is argued that these drawbacks become especially pronounced in the digital media environment, which has strongly affected both the conditions of trade with cultural products and services and cultural diversity in local and global contexts. In this modified setting, there could have been a number of feasible ‘trade and culture’ solutions – i.e. regulatory designs that whilst enhancing trade liberalisation are also conducive to cultural policy. Yet, the realisation of any of these options becomes chimerical as the line between trade and culture matters is drawn in a clear and resolute manner.
The article is meant for an interdisciplinary audience and forthcoming in the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.

Keywords: trade, culture, WTO, UNESCO, international law, digital media

Suggested Citation

Burri, Mira, Reconciling Trade and Culture: A Global Law Perspective (December 1, 2009). Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, No. 41, 2011; NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper No. 2009/45. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1427217

Mira Burri (Contact Author)

University of Lucerne ( email )

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PO Box 4466
Lucerne, 6002
Switzerland

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