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Guide to the Uruguay Round Agreements - World Trade Organization Secretariat

Guide to the Uruguay Round Agreements

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1998
ISBN: 9789041111258
Number Of Pages: 285

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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.

The World Trade Organizationp. 1
The Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organizationp. 3
Settlement of disputesp. 17
Multilateral review and transparencyp. 30
The results of the Uruguay Round for goodsp. 37
The agreementsp. 37
Liberalization of tariffs and non-tariff measures affecting trade in industrial productsp. 123
Reductions in import barriers and other interventions affecting trade in agricultural productsp. 135
Trade and income effects of liberalizating trade in goodsp. 144
The results of the Uruguay Round for servicesp. 161
The General Agreement on Trade in Servicesp. 162
Uruguay Round commitments on servicesp. 183
The results of the Uruguay Round on the protection of intellectual propertyp. 207
General provisions and basic principlesp. 209
Standardsp. 211
Enforcement of intellectual property rightsp. 217
Dispute settlementp. 219
Transitional arrangementsp. 220
Other provisionsp. 222
Developing countries in the WTO systemp. 223
Synopsis of Provisions of the Uruguay Round Concerning Developing Country Membersp. 225
The plurilateral agreementsp. 247
Trade and environmentp. 255
Update of economic assessments of the Uruguay Roundp. 259
How the legal texts correspond to sections of this bookp. 269
Referencesp. 273
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ISBN: 9789041111258
ISBN-10: 9041111255
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 1st December 1998
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 16.1  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.58