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European court rules on TRIPS agreement

GA Desmedt

in Journal of International Economic Law

Volume 1, issue 4, pages 679-682
Published in print December 1998 | ISSN: 1369-3034
Published online December 1998 | e-ISSN: 1464-3758 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jiel/1.4.679
European court rules on TRIPS agreement

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In a judgment of 16 June 1998, the Court of Justice of the European Communities gave a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of a TRIPS provision following a referral by a Dutch Judge. The judgment was highly anticipated, as it was the first time that the Court pronounced upon the substance of the TRIPS agreement. Furthermore, the case gave rise to a lengthy debate on the direct effect of TRIPS provisions and on the question whether the Court of Justice was competent to interpret the TRIPS agreement

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Subjects: Financial Law ; Public International Law ; Economics

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