Status of WTO Legal Instruments

The “Status of WTO Legal Instruments” is the WTO Secretariat's flagship publication on WTO treaties. The latest edition was published in 2021.

The publication covers all treaty instruments drawn up since 1995 by WTO Members in relation to the WTO Agreement and the multilateral and plurilateral trade agreements annexed to that Agreement. It lists the adoption and signature dates of WTO agreements and the dates of acceptance or amendments to those agreements. It also provides the date of their entry into force, as well as any other communications and declarations received by the WTO Director-General in the DG's capacity as WTO Depositary.

The publication contains a comprehensive summary of the establishment of the WTO and the evolution of its treaty instruments. It provides information on depositary notifications by the WTO Director-General, the relevant volumes of the WTO and UN Treaty Series, and treaty registration with the United Nations. Hyperlinks in the electronic version give access to the relevant WTO and UN documents.

The cut-off date of the 2021 edition was 15 April 2021. It is available for download and Print copies can also be ordered.

To reflect more recent treaty developments, relevant sections of the publication have been updated to 21 August 2023, and are made available through the following links:



Published 2021
(cut-off date: 15 April 2021)

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