A Response to Madhavi Sunder’s From Goods to a Good Life

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    There are many other non-utilitarian narratives that could have been mentioned, e.g. concerning the diplomacy of the TRIPS negotiation, the use of “TRIPS-plus” provisions in bilateral treaties, and the diplomacy and impact of various plant-related IP treaties, including the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and the Union Internationale pour la Protection des Obtentions Végétales (UPOV) Convention.

    These have been discussed in an explicitly justice-based discourse in such works as Susan K. Sell’s classic Power and Ideas (SUNY Press 1998) and her subsequent Public Power, Private Law (CUP 2003), a volume edited by Philip G. Padrey, ed. The Future of Food: Biotechnology Markets and Policies in an International Setting (Int. Food Policy Inst. 2001), and the particularly outstanding volume, The Future Control of Food, edited by Geoff Tansey & Tasmin Rajotte (IDRC/Earthscan 2008). Unfortunately, none of these scholars or works are mentioned in the present book.

  2. A.J. Sutter says:

    Sorry: I forgot to mention one other terrific and pertinent piece, this time in a copyright vein: James Leach’s “Modes of Creativity and the Register of Ownership,” about collaborative song in Papua New Guinea, in Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, ed., CODE: Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Economy (MIT 2005).