A Handbook on Accession to the WTO

The Handbook provides the first detailed explanation and analysis of how governments become members of the WTO.

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The WTO Agreement, which came into force on 1 January 1995, provides few details on how this process takes place. The steps in the detailed negotiations leading up to accession have evolved over the years through the actual process that governments have followed to become members of the WTO. This handbook provides a unique account of how the process has evolved and details exactly what is involved.

The input provided by the WTO Secretariat in the preparation of the guide has resulted in the publication of information that has not been available until now to anyone outside the Secretariat. The handbook will serve as a useful source of reference for officials from acceding governments, WTO members, academia, and anyone else interested in this area.

Published in 2008

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