The Rules Negotiations

WTO Members agreed at the Doha Ministerial Conference to launch negotiations in the area of “WTO Rules”. These negotiations relate to the following subject matter: the Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of GATT 1994 (better known as the Anti-dumping Agreement); the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and, in this context, WTO disciplines on fisheries subsidies; and WTO provisions applying to regional trade agreements.

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Introduction to WTO Rules in the WTO
Links to WTO Rules section of the WTO guide “Understanding the WTO”.


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The mandate 

The Doha negotiating mandate
Section on WTO Rules: (paras. 28 and 29)
anti-dumping and subsidiesregional trade agreements in the 2001 Doha Ministerial Declaration.
Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration


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Work of the Negotiating Group on Rules in the WTO and official documents 

Negotiations take place in the Rules Negotiating Group

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Meetings of the Negociation Group