This edited collection consolidates research on the current and future perspectives of international trade law applicable to telecommunications services and audiovisual services in a context of convergence. It is divided into three main parts. The first part analyses the current regulatory framework applicable to telecommunications services in the context of the WTO, including the controversial issues of accounting rates and international competition rules. The second part discusses and analyses the current regulatory framework applicable to audiovisual services. The third part analyses convergence from different angles, including an explanation of convergence in technical terms, as well as reviewing the legal and economic consequences of convergence for trade in telecommunications and audiovisual services. This research lead the editors to summarize the findings made in the chapters and to draw a tentative set of issues to be discussed in the context of the Doha Round of negotiations.
• Addresses a very topical subject in the context of the current round of trade negotiations • Subject is a new field for research and this is the first book of its kind • Written by academics and practitioners highly specialized in the subjects covered by the book
List of contributors; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Part I. Introduction: Damien Géradin and David Luff; Part II. International Regulation of Telecommunications Services: 2. Telecommunications and audio-visual services in the context of the WTO: today and tomorrow Kelly Cameron; 3. Current international trade rules relevant to telecommunications services David Luff; 4. Accounting rates, cross-border services, and the next WTO round on basic telecommunications services Peter Cowhey; 5. Reforming international accounting rates: a developing country perspective Boutheina Guermazi; 6. A review of the mechanisms provided by the WTO to prevent anticompetitive practices in telecommunications Damien Geradin and Michel Kerf; Part III. International Regulation of Audiovisual Services: 7. Audiovisual policy: the stumbling block of trade liberalisation Christoph-Beat Graber; 8. Content regulation in the audiovisual sector and the WTO Ivan Bernier; 9. International regulation of audiovisual services: networks, allocation of scarce resources and terminal equipment David Luff; 10. Lack of clear regulatory framework on safeguards, government procurement and subsidies Jean-François Bellis; Part IV. Towards Convergence?: 11. Convergence: a reality check Milton L. Mueller; 13. Whither convergence: legal, regulatory and trade opportunism in telecommunications Robert Frieden; 14. Audiovisual and telecommunications services - a review of definitions under WTO law Paul Nihoul; 15. Dealing with convergence at the international level Pierre Larouche; 16. Overcoming the three digital divides Eli Noam.
'… the standard is high and the editors should be commended. … the book is thought-provoking and thorough in its examination of an important area of international law.' Computer and Telecommunications Law Review