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Two continents, divided by deep philosophical waters? Why geographical indications pose a challenge to the completion of the TTIP

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ben FarrandORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Cambridge University Press, 2016.

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The May 2016 leak of draft texts produced within the context of the on–going Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations has provided an interesting insight into the positions of the EU and US with regard to different dimensions of regulatory cooperation, with some chapters being complete or near completion (as other articles in this mini–symposium discuss), and others still in a more rudimentary format. One such field of regulation, covered in the leaked ‘Tactical State of Play’ document, covers geographical indicators (hereafter GIs). However, this coverage is very brief, stating that ‘discussions focused on the preparation of an intersessional discussion prior to the next round’. GIs, marks identifying the geographical origin, and by extension (so the argument goes) quality of goods, have continued to be a source of consternation in international trade regulation, with states unable to see eye–to–eye on how they should be protected, if at all.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Farrand B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Risk Regulation

Year: 2016

Volume: 7

Issue: 2

Pages: 269-273

Print publication date: 01/06/2016

Online publication date: 20/01/2017

Acceptance date: 01/04/2016

Date deposited: 06/04/2019

ISSN (print): 1867-299X

ISSN (electronic): 2190-8249

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S1867299X00005663


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