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TRIPS, bilateralism, multilateralism & implications: the Jordan-US FTA

El-Said, Hamed and El-Said, Mohammed (2005) TRIPS, bilateralism, multilateralism & implications: the Jordan-US FTA. ISSN 1742-3945

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This paper examines the impact of TRIPS as embodied in both bilateral and multilateral agreements on developing countries. It provides new evidence, derived from the experience of Jordans pharmaceutical sector, which supports the general view that cautions against the negative effects of TRIPS on developing countries. The paper argues that the expected benefits from bilateral agreements between developed and developing countries have been largely overestimated while the costs underestimated. It warns that industrialised countries are using bilateral agreements to extract more concessions from developing countries than those obtained under the Multilateral System of the WTO. This has significant implications not only for future bilateral agreements between developed and developing countries, but also for the multilateral trade system of the WTO as a whole.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Full-text of this article is not available in this e-prints service. This article was originally published in Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, published by and copyright ElectronicPublications.org Ltd.
Divisions: Legacy Research Institutes > Research Institute for Business and Management (RIBM) > Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Business (SEIB)
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2010 13:37
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 13:59
URI: http://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/93647


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