A Case of Champagne: A Study of Geographical Indications

Corporate Governance eJournal, Vol. 29, 1-31, 2013

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 18/19

33 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2019

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Tim Jay

Independent

Madeline Taylor

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: April 13, 2018

Abstract

The term 'Method Champenois' connects champagne to its rich history, geographical location and image. Few words evoke luxury and good cheer as much as champagne. Behind the bubbles is an international trade rivalry between the EU and the US to control the lucrative champagne market. The battle lines concern champagne’s recognition as a 'geographical indication'; a type of intellectual property cited primarily in the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement. The conflict is hotly contested. The EU claims the label champagne must only be used for sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region in France. The US counterclaims that champagne is a generic word describing the type of sparkling wine.

Keywords: Agricultural Law, Food Policy, Free Trade, Intellectual Property Law, Geographical Indications of Origin, method champenois, Food Security, socio-legal history

JEL Classification: K10, K30, Q18

Suggested Citation

Jay, Tim and Taylor, Madeline, A Case of Champagne: A Study of Geographical Indications (April 13, 2018). Corporate Governance eJournal, Vol. 29, 1-31, 2013, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 18/19, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3161860

Tim Jay

Independent ( email )

Madeline Taylor (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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