Status of the WTO AgreementsCitation of the WTO agreementsAdditional sources of the WTO agreements & other trade agreements
GATT and early WTO documents, 1946-1997WTO documents, 1995-present
Citing the dispute settlement reportsDocuments from dispute settlements (submissions)Finding disputes by topic, article number, etc.Selected books about dispute settlement
Citation to official U.S. sourcesGovernment websites, etc.U.S. legislative history
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WTO/GATT Research   Tags: foreign & international law, international law  

This guide presents the essential sources for researching the former GATT and the current system under the Uruguay Round agreements and the World Trade Organization. NOTE: Main tabs list general sources that might not be repeated in the dropdown tabs.
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WTO Agreements & the GATT 1947

Multilateral trade conventions under the GATT/WTO system are called "agreements." The current WTO system operates under agreements negotiated during the Uruguay Round, 1986-94. Negotiations are ongoing on certain topics.

The Final Act of the Uruguay Round was signed in Marrakesh on April 15, 1994, and went into force on January 1, 1995. It contained a package of about 60 agreements, annexes, decisions, and understandings, including the Marrakesh Agreement ("WTO Agreement") establishing the WTO, the GATT 1994, the GATS, other agreements on services, and the TRIPS. The GATT 1994 incorporates by reference the GATT 1947 and related official instruments as amended up to the effective date of the WTO agreements.

The GATT 1994 incorporates the GATT 1947 as amended over time, except for the 1947 Protocol on Provisional Application.


    Status of the agreements, ratifications, etc.

    • WTO Status of Legal Agreements
      Provides information about registration with the United Nations, ratification, acceptance, accession, withdrawals, notifications, and communications from members regarding the instruments. Includes the text of communications, reservations and declarations. As of 2008, only the online version is updated, but earlier editions are available in the Law Library:

      WTO Status of Legal Instruments. Geneva: WTO, 2006-.
      Reserve K4610.A2 S733

      Status of Legal Instruments. Geneva: WTO, 1997-2005.
      Reserve K4600.A1944 A67x

    Ongoing negotiations

    To track current negotiations, try news sources and websites. For example, the WTO website has a page on the negotiations on agricultural trade reform at


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