Please read the blog on 'The Compatibility between Human Rights and Intellectual Property' on 30 September 2017 before proceeding further on this blog.
International treaty law ('convention', 'agreement', 'accord' etc.)
- need to be signed and ratified.
Treaty v Customary International Law
- states must consider binding upon them 'as law'.
- can promulgate or facilitate various types of instrument, some binding and some not.
- considered fundamental and innate;
- duty and duty-bearers;
- universally forced (rawls);
- collective responsibility;
- linked with morality.
World Trade Organization (WTO) and its functions
- facilitation of international trade;
- expanding access to markets;
- avoidance of 'unfair' trade;
- promotion of economic growth;
- regulation of trade agreement.