November 30, 2015

Tomer Broude on Geographical Indications and Cultural Diversity

Tomer Broude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, International Law Forum, is publishing From Chianti to Kimchi: Geographical Indications, Intangible Cultural Heritage, and Their Unsettled Relationship with Cultural Diversity in Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture: Perspectives from Asia Pacific (Irene Clboli and Ng-Loy Wee Loon, eds., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016). Here is the abstract.
This article provides a critical perspective on the impact of two particular international legal constructs - Geographical Indications (GIs) and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) - on cultural diversity, with a focus on culinary culture. An examination of the legal attributes of these mechanisms as well as their actual effects raises significant doubts as to their contribution to cultural diversity. The article builds on previous work, and parts of it have been excluded, but it includes a detailed analysis of the ICH inscription of Korean kimchi-making.
Download the essay from SSRN at the link.

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