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Implementing International Trade Agreements in Federal Systems: A Look at the Canada-E.U. CETA’s Intellectual Property Issues
Legal Issues of Economic Integration (2012)
  • Jeremy de Beer, University of Ottawa
Abstract

This article examines the negotiations towards a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU) as an example of some challenges and solutions for implementing international trade agreements in multilevel federal systems. It briefly describes Canadian constitutional law governing the domestic implementation of international treaties and then canvasses three specific examples of current challenges related to the regulation of intellectual property. While the constitutional validity of federal regulations addressing pharmaceutical data protection, digital rights management (DRM), and geographic indications is far from guaranteed, legislators and courts have used several legal means to support implementation of Canada’s international obligations in these fields.

Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Jeremy de Beer. "Implementing International Trade Agreements in Federal Systems: A Look at the Canada-E.U. CETA’s Intellectual Property Issues" Legal Issues of Economic Integration Vol. 38 Iss. 4 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeremydebeer/32/