The GATT Uruguay Round was the most ambitious set of international trade negotiations ever undertaken by the world community of trading nations. The result of these negotiations was the establishment of the World Trade Organization & a new era for international trade relations. The GATT Uruguay Round: A Negotiating History (1986-1994) is a remarkably comprehensive treatment of the often confidential minutes of the Uruguay Round negotiating sessions & the proposals tabled by the various negotiating countries. Not only are the negotiating sessions exposed in great detail but the various proposals are also set forth in side-by-side charts for easy comparison so that the evolution of the final agreements can be clearly traced. Each volume of this extensive work deals with specific aspects of the Uruguay Round. Volume 1 contains an introduction summarizing the main issues, followed by detailed chapters devoted to agriculture, textiles, tariffs, natural-resource-based products, tropical products, non-tariff measures, subsidies & countervailing duties, & MFN agreements. Volume 2 has chapters on antidumping, safeguards, GATT articles, functioning of the GATT system, trade-related investment measures, trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights, services, & dispute settlement mechanisms. Volume 3 collects & reprints the principal documents of the Round. Volume 4 deals with the final negotiations & the creation of the WTO. It includes the negotiating history of important modifications made during the end game in 1993 & before the signing ceremony in Marrakesh in April 1994. This period saw major changes in the text or the extent of obligations undertaken in the agriculture & services sectors, as well as the final completion of negotiations in subsidies & countervailing duties, customs valuation, & other sectors. It was also during this last period that the final agreements in trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) & trade-related investment measures (TRIMS) emerged. Like the earlier volumes in this treatise, Volume 4 is useful for its revelation not only of what was resolved but also of what was not resolved. This extraordinary work is an invaluable source of information which cannot be found in any other source. It is an indispensable tool for those seeking to understand the evolution of the WTO or preparing for the beginning of the next round of negotiations in 2000.
Ministerial declaration on the Uruguay Round; decision of 28 January 1987; mid-term meeting; draft final act embodying the results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations (1990); draft final act embodying the results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations (1991); Berne Convention for the protection of literary and artistic works; Paris Convention for the protection of industrial property; international conventional for the protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organizations (Rome Convention).