The Law and Economics of cultural property: An economic analysis of the institutions of rule-making

Project Director: Prof. Dr. Kilian Bizer (Economic Policy), Prof.Dr. Gerald Spindler (Economic Law)
Research Associates: Marianna Bicskei M.A., Dr. Zulia Gubaydullina, Dipl. BW (FH) Matthias Lankau, Philipp Zimbehl

Project Abstract

Our project concerns itself with the analysis of the international ordering of cultural property rights. We investigate the interests and incentives of participant and affected actors with the help of a positive-analytic institutional economics approach. In terms of welfare economics, the issue is to show how cultural property rights can be optimally structured. Using both positive as well as normative analysis, we develop an approach that allows for the optimal structuring of a property rights regime. At the core of our studies is an analysis of the creation of property rights in the context of the international negotiations conducted under the auspices of the World International Property Organization (WIPO). A cultural property right is understood as the allocation of a specific right of disposition over cultural property, for example, to an indigenous group that is understood as a collective entity. The first phase of our project, in collaboration with the other sub-projects, will be to find a common definition of cultural property. Then we turn to the requirements for establishing a right of disposition over cultural property, in order that we can then investigate WIPO rule-making, as this is the leading international organization concerning itself with the protection of cultural property. Then we hope to develop policy recommendations for creating an international cultural property regime in the terms described.

Publications
  • Marianna Bicskei (2011): James O. Young: Cultural appropriation and the arts, Book Review, Journal of Cultural Economics, Volume 35, Number 3, 233-236, DOI: 10.1007/s10824-011-9137-3.
  • Marianna Bicskei, Kilian Bizer, Zulia Gubaydullina (2010): Der Schutz des kulturellen Eigentums – ein ökonomischer Ansatz. In: Ferstl, Paul; Wedrac, Stefan eds.: Owning the Mind. Beiträge zur Frage geistigen Eigentums (Schriftenreihe der Società – Forum für Ethik, Kunst und Recht 1). Wien: Peter Lang 2010.
  • Marianna Bicskei, Kilian Bizer, Zulia Gubaydullina (2010): Der Schutz kultureller Güter – die Ökonomie der Identität. In: Bendix, Regina, Bizer, Kilian, Groth, Stefan eds.: Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2010.
  • Matthias Lankau, Kilian Bizer, Zulia Gubaydullina (2010): Die verborgene Effektivität minimaler Resultate in internationalen Verhandlungen: Der Fall der WIPO. In: Bendix, Regina, Bizer, Kilian, Groth, Stefan eds.: Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2010.
  • Philipp Zimbehl (2010): Ausdrucksformen der Folklore – freie und abhängige Schöpfungen. In: Bendix, Regina, Bizer, Kilian, Groth, Stefan eds.: Die Konstituierung von Cultural Property: Forschungsperspektiven. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen, 2010 .
Public Presentations
  • M. Bicskei/K. Bizer/K. L. Sidali/A. Spiller: „Policy Recommendations on the Geographical Indications of the EU“, poster presentation, XIIIth Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists: Change and Uncertainty (Zürich), August 30 to Sept. 2, 2011.
  • Marianna Bicskei: “Perspectives and Policy Suggestions on Geographical Indications”, International Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Cultural Property, The Constitution of Cultural Property: Interim Conclusions, 15.-17.06.2011 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Matthias Lankau: “Perspectives and Policy Suggestions on sui generis Laws”, International Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Cultural Property, The Constitution of Cultural Property: Interim Conclusions, 15.-17.06.2011 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Matthias Lankau: “Visible Micro-Editing – Hidden Political Results?”, International Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Cultural Property, The Constitution of Cultural Property: Interim Conclusions, 15.-17.06.2011 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Daniel McCormack: “Economic Effects of Geographical Indications – The Case of Café de Colombia”, International Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Cultural Property, The Constitution of Cultural Property: Interim Conclusions, 15.-17.06.2011 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Bicskei/Bizer/Gubaydullina: “Geographical Indications- Ongoing Work”, Second International Symposium on Cultural Property, Interdisciplinary Research Group on The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules, 17.-20.08.2010 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Philipp Zimbehl: “Geographical Indications, Marks of Authenticity and other Information Devices; Alternative Ways for the Protection of Cultural Property?”, Second International Symposium on Cultural Property, Interdisciplinary Research Group on The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules, 17.-20.08.2010 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Marianna Bicskei: “Protection of Cultural Goods- An Economic Approach”, 16th International Conference on Cultural Economics by the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), 9-12 June, 2010 Copenhagen.
  • Matthias Lankau: “The Hidden Effectiveness of Minimal Results in International Negotiations – The Case of the WIPO”, 16th International Conference on Cultural Economics by the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), 9-12 June, 2010 Copenhagen.
  • Matthias Lankau: “The Hidden Effectiveness of Minimal Results in International Negotiations – The Case of the WIPO”, 3rd Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations, Washington D.C., January 28 – 30, 2010.
  • Marianna Bicskei: “An Economic Approach to the Protection of Cultural Property“, Interdisciplinary Conference of Società (Forum für Ethik, Kunst und Recht) on „Owning the Mind-Eigentum Geist”, 20.-21.11.2009 Wien, Österreich.
  • Marianna Bicskei: “Protection of Cultural Goods – An Economic Approach”, International Symposium on Cultural Property, Interdisciplinary Research Group on The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules, 12.-15.11.2009 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Matthias Lankau: “The Hidden Effectiveness of Minimal Results in International Negotiations – The Case of the WIPO”, International Symposium on Cultural Property, Interdisciplinary Research Group on The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules, 12.-15.11.2009 Göttingen, Germany.
  • Philipp Zimbehl: “Contemporary Expressions of Folklore. A comparative view”, International Symposium on Cultural Property, Interdisciplinary Research Group on The Constituting of Cultural Property: Actors, Discourses, Contexts, Rules, 12.-15.11.2009 Göttingen, Germany.