Private Power, Public Law

The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights

Private Power, Public Law

Susan Sell's book reveals how power in international politics is increasingly exercised by private interests rather than governments. In 1994 the World Trade Organization (WTO) adopted the Agreement in Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which dictated to states how they should regulate the protection of intellectual property. This book argues that TRIPS resulted from lobbying by powerful multinational corporations who wished to mould international law to protect their markets.


"...a remarkably gripping narrative that powerfully challenges some traditional beliefs...In addition to providing accessible and concise accounts of the genesis and subsequent development of TRIPS [Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights], Professor Sell also provides additional insights of her own that make her book particularly notable as a resource...This book should have wide appeal to a diverse audience that includes political scientists or international relations theorists, as well as those who are more interested primarily in TRIPS, or the development of international intellectual property law." Emory International Law Review