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Cosmopolitan legalism meets thin community : problems in the global governance of intellectual property.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2004
<mark>Journal</mark>Government and Opposition
Issue number3
Number of pages30
Pages (from-to)393-422
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


The making of knowledge and information into property, through intellectual property rights (IPRs) has commonly been justified using a set of cosmopolitan norms. These norms of justification have been extensively deployed within the structures of global governance for IPRs. However, the political community that underpins such norms in national jurisdictions is lacking at the global level. Many of the political problems now recognized with the globalized protection of IPRs stem from this tension between cosmopolitan legalism and the contemporary ‘thin’ global community.