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Guide to the Uruguay Round Agreements

Guide to the Uruguay Round Agreements

By WTO Secretariat


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The Uruguay Round, one of the longest and most complex economic negotiations ever undertaken, was completed successfully in December 1993. Its results are embodied in nearly 30 legal agreements and a large number of supplementary decisions, as well as a large number of highly detailed separate undertakings in which each country specifies the levels of trade restrictions, which it promises not to exceed, for thousands of different products or services.

The joint agreements and decisions alone add up to well over 500 pages of printed text, and the individual undertakings, or schedules, bring the total volume of the results of the Uruguay Round to almost 300,000 pages. This formidable mass of paper embodies a total overhaul of the basic rules and institutions of world trade, and the birth of a new institution, the World Trade Organization.

With such a complex background, yet such a legal and practical significance, the purpose of this book is to make the results of the Uruguay Round of Trade Negotiations easier to understand. Many efforts have already been made to present an overall view of the results of the Uruguay Round and their significance. In general, however, reports on the Round have described the agreements only in broad terms, and often from a very specific viewpoint.

Those who wish to have a fuller and more precise view have largely been left to find their way, as best they can, through the legal texts. This book, more detailed and clear than anything written on the Uruguay Round so far, offers them a companion and a concise guide.

Publish Date 12/01/1998
Publish Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041111258
SKU 10057871-0001
Table of Contents
  1. The World Trade Organization
    I. The Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization
    III. Multilateral Review and Transparency
  2. The Results of the Uruguay Round for Goods
    I. The Agreements
    II. Liberalization of Tariffs and Non-Tariff Measures Affecting Trade in Industrial Products
    III. Reductions in Import Barriers and Other Interventions Affecting Trade in Agricultural Products
    IV. Trade and Income Effects of Liberalizing Trade in Goods
  3. The Results of the Uruguay Round for Services
    I. The General Agreement on Trade in Services
    II. Uruguay Round Commitments on Services
  4. The Results of the Uruguay Round on the Protection of Intellectual Property
    I. General Provisions and Basic Principles
    II. Standards
    III. Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
    IV. Dispute Settlement
    V. Transitional Arrangements
    VI. Other Provisions
  5. Developing Countries in the WTO System

    Annex I. The Plurilateral Agreements
    Annex II. Trade and Environment
    Annex III. Update of Economic Assessments of the Uruguay Round
    Annex IV. How the Legal Texts Correspond to Sections of this Book