Turning points in multilateral trade negotiations on intellectual property

Crump, Larry and Druckman, Daniel (2012) Turning points in multilateral trade negotiations on intellectual property. International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice, 17 (1). pp. 9-35. ISSN 1382-340X


Application of a turning points analysis to detailed chronologies of events that transpired prior to and during two matched cases of multilateral intellectual property rights (TRIPS) negotiations yields useful lessons for understanding negotiation process and effective negotiator behavior. The unfolding negotiation process is traced in the GATT Uruguay Round and prior to and during the WTO Doha Ministerial. Departures from earlier trends in the chronologies merit special attention. A departure is defined as a clear and self-evident change from earlier events or patterns in the form of an impactful decision taken by one or more parties. By coding the causes (precipitants) and effects (consequences) of the departures, we perform a turning points analysis. The turning points analysis, composed of three-part sequences, reveals the triggers and impacts of departures during the extended TRIPS negotiation process. The analyses will allow a comparison of the patterns that unfolded during the two phases of TRIPS negotiations, which will highlight the breakthroughs that occurred during the Uruguay Round and the crises that emerged later, prior to and during the Doha Ministerial. Improving the effectiveness of multilateral trade negotiations depends in part on understanding how critical turning points emerge.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2013 06:12
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 22:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: departures; GATT Uruguay round; intellectual property; international trade negotiation; turning points; WTO Doha Ministerial
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180115 Intellectual Property Law
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150308 International Business
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4806 Private law and civil obligations > 480603 Intellectual property law
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350706 International business
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520402 Decision making
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9103 International Trade > 910301 International Agreements on Trade
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/157180612X630910
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22011

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