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  back to top

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


The mandate  back to top

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


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

Negotiations take place in the Rules Negotiating Group. The current chair is .

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 Tenth Ministerial Conference


> Briefing Note



 Meetings of the Negociation Group


Technical Group  back to top

The Technical Group is a body created by the Chairman of the Negotiating Group on Rules. It serves as a forum where Members can exchange information about their respective anti-dumping practices in an informal setting. In order to encourage a frank and open discussion, no record is kept of meetings of the Technical Group.