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U.S. legislative history

By signing the Uruguay Round Final Act, signatories agreed to submit the package of agreements "to their respective competent authorities with a view to seeking approval of the Agreement in accordance with their procedures." 

The U.S. did not ratify the Uruguay Round agreements as treaties, but instead implemented them through legislation and administrative action.

H.R. Doc. 103-316, two volumes (available in HeinOnline U.S. Federal Legislative History Library vol. 1 and vol. 2), contains the text of the agreements that was sent to Congress, the text of the implementing legislation and supporting documents. For official U.S. sources of the Uruguay Agreements as implemented, see Citing to a U.S. source.

Uruguay Round Agreements Act: A Legislative History of Public Law No. 103-465. Compiled by Bernard D. Reams, Jr., and Jon S. Schultz. Buffalo, N.Y.: Published for the Institute for International Legal Information by W.S. Hein & Co., 1995. Reprints congressional and administrative materials related to the passage of the Uruguay Round implementing legislation. 14 volumes plus indexes in volume 15. B1 KF6654.54 .A15 1995  Available in HeinOnline U.S. Federal Legislative History Library.

For a discussion of the U.S. implementation of the Uruguay Round agreements, see David W. Leebron, "Implementation of the Uruguay Round Results in the United States," chapter 6 in Implementing the Uruguay Round, John H. Jackson and Alan O. Sykes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997). 
B1  K4603 1987 I49 1997


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