The World Trade Organization

Bernard M. Hoekman and Michel M. Kostecki

in The Political Economy of the World Trading System

Second edition

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780198294313
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596445 | DOI:
 The World Trade Organization

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An account is given of the organizational structure of the WTO (World Trade Organization), which was established as a multilateral trade organization on 1 January 1995 to encompass a modified GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade), its sister bodies on services (GATS) and intellectual property (TRIPS), as well as all other agreements and arrangements concluded under the auspices of the Uruguay Round. The sections of the chapter are as follows: Scope, functions and structure of the WTO; Decision‐making; Transparency: notification and surveillance; Accession; The WTO and other international organizations; Nongovernmental actors and the WTO; and Conclusion.

Keywords: accession; decision‐making; GATS; GATT; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; General Agreement on Trade in Services; international organizations; multilateral trading; organizational structure; Trade‐Related Intellectual Property Rights; transparency; TRIPS; Uruguay Round; World Trade Organization; WTO

Chapter.  10232 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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