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Robin Hoods or thieves? A Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies regarding software piracy
Unformatted Document Text:  Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 9 signed December 17, 1992, and nearly 2,000 pages in length) and the Uruguay Round in 1995. These agreements were more comprehensive than GATT, and so much cooperation meant that “agreements on dispute settlement, intellectual property, and so on, were universal in their coverage and the discipline they imposed ... Agriculture was brought into GATT rules effectively for the first time … trade-related investment and intellectual property rights, and trade in services” were included (Destler, 1995, p. 232). Additionally, the number of countries signing onto the agreement was greater (Uruguay Round had 125 member-countries as of September 15, 1994; see Destler, 1995, p. 231-233). The Council for Trade in Goods (Goods Council) of the WTO has, for the past decade, been responsible for administration of GATT. The Goods Council (as well as each committee reporting to it) is made up of representatives from all WTO member countries. Eleven committees deal with specific subjects such as agriculture, market access, subsidies, anti-dumping measures, etc. Also reporting to the Goods Council, and relevant to the present study, is the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) Committee (see the WTO website: http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/gatt_e/gatt_e.htm, accessed ?? update date before conference). “After a protracted and detailed review of current trade policy and its effects on developing countries, the World Trade Organization has decided to effect a cessation of all operations, to be accomplished over a period of four months, culminating in September 2002. The WTO will reintegrate as a new trade body whose charter will be to ensure that trade benefits the poor” according to the WTO website (see WTO, 2002, May 20).

Authors: Malyshev, Yuri. and Hamilton, Ann.
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Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 9
signed December 17, 1992, and nearly 2,000 pages in length) and the Uruguay Round in
1995. These agreements were more comprehensive than GATT, and so much cooperation
meant that “agreements on dispute settlement, intellectual property, and so on, were
universal in their coverage and the discipline they imposed ... Agriculture was brought into
GATT rules effectively for the first time … trade-related investment and intellectual
property rights, and trade in services” were included (Destler, 1995, p. 232). Additionally,
the number of countries signing onto the agreement was greater (Uruguay Round had 125
member-countries as of September 15, 1994; see Destler, 1995, p. 231-233).
The Council for Trade in Goods (Goods Council) of the WTO has, for the past
decade, been responsible for administration of GATT. The Goods Council (as well as each
committee reporting to it) is made up of representatives from all WTO member countries.
Eleven committees deal with specific subjects such as agriculture, market access,
subsidies, anti-dumping measures, etc. Also reporting to the Goods Council, and relevant
to the present study, is the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) Committee (see the
WTO website: http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/gatt_e/gatt_e.htm, accessed ?? update
date before conference).
“After a protracted and detailed review of current trade policy and its effects on
developing countries, the World Trade Organization has decided to effect a cessation of all
operations, to be accomplished over a period of four months, culminating in September
2002. The WTO will reintegrate as a new trade body whose charter will be to ensure that
trade benefits the poor” according to the WTO website (see WTO, 2002, May 20).


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