Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions in Latin America

A Legal and Anthropological Study

  • Anna Friederike Busch

Part of the Munich Studies on Innovation and Competition book series (MSIC, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 439-452

About this book


This book analyses the topic of protecting traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) in Latin America. It questions classic legal approaches and involves the interface of anthropology and law. The study analyses regional, national, and local particularities of law on paper and law in reality. It includes personal fieldwork research in selected countries and puts light on the political, socio-economic, and environmental dimension of the topic. Based upon these insights, the study gives recommendations for a more enhanced, interdisciplinary understanding and protection of TCEs. Latin America is (still) rich of cultural traditions and bio- and sociodiversity. This region is the cradle of the international discussion on protecting TCEs. The national situations are diverse and allow conclusive comparisons. Some countries have established concrete protection systems, like Panama, and made useful experiences. It is time to resume: What do TCEs really mean? Should they be protected by law and if so, how? What can we learn from the practical experiences made so far? The following is clear: The true test for any new legislation – in Latin America and elsewhere – is its impact on the everyday life.


Customary law, customary rules Intangible cultural heritage Intellectual property of indigenous communities Protection of traditional cultural expressions WIPO intergovernmental committee on folklore

Authors and affiliations

  • Anna Friederike Busch
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-46769-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-46770-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2199-7462
  • Series Online ISSN 2199-7470
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