Limits of Free Trade Agreements - The New Zealand/Australia Experience
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ASPECTS OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS IN THE ASISA-PACIFIC REGION, Christoph Antons and Reto Hilty, eds., Kluwer Law International, Forthcoming
16 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2011 Last revised: 5 Apr 2015
Date Written: January 25, 2010
This chapter discusses the several reasons why relations between New Zealand and Australia have not become closer notwithstanding the Closer Economic Relationship (CER) Agreement between the countries. The authors suggest that the experience of CER offers a salutary tale on the limits of 'old style' broad agreements in developing free trade; especially when compared to the new style FTA. The authors conclude that the differences between Australia and New Zealand intellectual property law are considerable in detail and in approach. In Australia, where intellectual property standards tend to track those in the US and Europe (even beyond those levels prescribed by the international agreements), it is often wondered why New Zealand is so intent on maintaining its own course in matters such as copyright term and parallel imports. Conversely, the attitude of many New Zealanders is that the New Zealand position is best for New Zealand, even if something else may be better for Australia.
Keywords: intellectual property, free trade agreements, New Zealand, Australia
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