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Global Intellectual Property Protection and New Constitutionalism: Hedging Exclusive Rights

Jonathan Griffiths and Tuomas Mylly


The constitutionalisation of intellectual property law is often framed as a benign and progressive integration of intellectual property with fundamental rights. Yet this is not a full or even an adequate picture of the ongoing constitutionalisation processes affecting IP. This collection of essays, written by international experts and covering a range of different areas of intellectual property law, takes a broader approach to the process. Drawing on constitutional theory, and particularly on ideas of ‘new constitutionalism’, the chapters engage with the complex array of contemporary legal con ... More

Keywords: constitutionalisation, intellectual property law, intellectual property, fundamental rights, constitutional theory, new constitutionalism, intellectual property law-making, human rights law, investment treaties, private ordering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198863168
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198863168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Griffiths, editor
Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London

Tuomas Mylly, editor
Professor of Commercial Law, University of Turku

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Part I Systemic and Conceptual Issues

2 Effects of Combined Hedging

Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan*

Part II International and Transnational Intellectual Property Norms as ‘Constitutional Hedges’ of Intellectual Property

Part III Human Rights Hedging Intellectual Property Rights

Part IV International Investment Treaty Protection of Intellectual Property

7 Hedging Bets with BITS

Rochelle C Dreyfuss

Part V Informal Measures and Private Regulation as Constitutional Hedges of Intellectual Property

Part VI Counter-Narratives

12 The Revitalisation of the Object and Purpose of the TRIPS Agreement

Christophe Geiger and Luc Desaunettes-Barbero

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