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WORLD TRADE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND THE GLOBAL ELITES: AN INTRODUCTION Peter K. Yu* Traditionally, intellectual property lawmaking is a matter of domestic affairs. Without external interference, governments make value judgments as to what would best promote the creation and dissemination of intellectual works in their own countries. Combined together, these disparate judgments form an intellectual property system that is tailored to the country’s level of wealth, economic structure, technological capability, political system, and cultural tradition. To protect authors and inventors, governments sometimes need to make adjustments to their intellectual property systems in exchange for better protection abroad. In those scenarios, policymakers often evaluate the adjustments carefully to make sure that they correspond to the country’s socio-economic conditions, research and development capabilities, and institutional and budgetary constraints. Thus, most bilateral and multilateral inte...