WTO iLibrary is the comprehensive global search, discovery and dissemination platform for digital content created by the World Trade Organization (WTO). It provides librarians, lawyers, trade specialists, academics and policy makers with a single digital destination for accessing publications, dispute settlement reports, trade data and working papers published by the WTO.
Content is organized by series title, publication year and alphabetically; and discovery of complete publications or even their components - chapters and articles - is a click away. The content is accessible in different formats - PDF and READ - to meet users' needs, whether for reading on a mobile device, sharing with peers via social network or integrating content into a report.
As of August 2021, the WTO iLibrary contains 1,785 ebook titles, 12,990 chapters, 302 working papers and 3 databases. A number of the publications appear in English, French and Spanish, the official languages of the WTO. Every year around 70 new titles are planned to be added to the collection in addition to the backlist titles that are being converted into digital format.
Key Publications, Series and Databases Available
The WTO Agreements
The Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization and its Annexes: This publication contains the text of the WTO's founding agreement, the 1994 Marrakesh Agreement, including all amendments and additions since its entry into force until September 2017. These include amendments to the TRIPS Agreement, the Trade Facilitation Agreement and the amended Government Procurement Agreement. This publication updates and replaces The Legal Texts: The Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, which was first published in 1994.
The WTO Analytical Index
The WTO Analytical Index provides a comprehensive guide to the interpretation and application of the WTO agreements by the Appellate Body, dispute settlement panels and other WTO bodies. It contains extracts of key pronouncements and findings from tens of thousands of pages of WTO jurisprudence, including panel reports, Appellate Body reports, arbitral decisions and awards, and decisions of WTO committees, councils and other WTO bodies. The Analytical Index is updated twice a year and the WTO iLibrary provides the user with the most up-to-date information currently available on the market.
Dispute Settlement Reports
WTO provides the user access to every dispute panel report, Appellate Body report and arbitration report issued since the WTO was established in 1995. The iLibrary's enriched metadata makes it easy to search through over 400 reports by topic, year or title.
International Trade Statistical Database
The site provides you with the latest data on global trade in a searchable database on international trade in merchandise and commercial services. The data are presented according to the product definitions and regional groupings specified in the technical notes. The data is available in CSV format. The Tariff Profiles provide information on the market access situation of members, observers and other selected economies. The Country Comparisons data is presented for each economy with disaggregation by sector and duty ranges. Summary tables facilitate cross-country comparisons. The tariff statistics include calculated Ad-valorem equivalents for non-Ad-valorem duties.
Trade Policy Reviews
The WTO's Trade Policy Reviews analyse the trade policies and practices of every Member country. They provide unique insights into the trading opportunities provides by the WTO's 164 members countries. These formatted publications, with key findings round-up, are only available on iLibrary.
The site provides access to all of WTO's key publications such as the Annual Report and World Trade Report in both PDF and HTML format, which is only available on iLibrary, and allows users to download key sections of the Report, including charts and tables. iLibrary provides access to all of the WTO's Working Paper series, combined with iLibrary's enriched metadata makes the content of these papers fully searchable.
A full-range the WTO's co-publications are also available, including those done with Cambridge University Press. The CUP Handbook series are designed to offer readers an overview of agreements and/or procedures followed by the organization. The site includes the new 2nd edition of the Handbook on the WTO Dispute Settlement System along with 17 other Handbooks covering other subjects such as; the TRIPS Agreement, Anti-Dumping Investigations and Accession to the WTO.
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- Most content in PDF format, more recent content also in ePub, READ and HTML
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What's New on the WTO iLibrary
The Trade Facilitation Agreement
Breaking New Ground
The Trade Facilitation Agreement is the first multilateral treaty adopted in the WTO since the organization was created. This book looks at how the Agreement is structured and how it relates to existing WTO agreements, such as the Customs Valuation Agreement, the Agreement on Rules of Origin, the Agreement on Import Licensing, the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade, the Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and the Agreement on Pre-shipment Inspection. more ...
World Tariff Profiles 2021
The 2021 edition provides comprehensive information on the tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by over 170 countries and customs territories. It is a joint publication of the WTO, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). more ...
WTO - Annual Report 2021
The 2021 Annual Report provides a comprehensive account of the WTO's activities in 2020 and early 2021. The Report begins with a message from WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo and a brief overview of the past year. This is followed by in-depth accounts of the WTO's main areas of activity over the past 12 months. Spotlights highlight major WTO events and activities. more ...
World Trade Statistical Review 2020
The 2020 edition looks into the latest trends in global trade, with an in-depth analysis of trade in goods and services and in value-added terms. It points to the major changes in recent years, highlighting the leading traders, the best-performing regions, the most traded goods and services, and the performance of least-developed countries. The publication also looks into the impact of COVID-19 on global trade and the outlook for 2020. more ...
World Trade Report 2020
Government Policies to Promote Innovation in the Digital Age
In recent years, a growing number of governments have adopted policies aimed at supporting the transition towards a digital economy. The World Trade Report 2020 looks at these policy trends and at how trade and the WTO fit with them. Trade and trade policies have historically been important engines for innovation. more ...
Trade Profiles 2020
This report provides a series of key indicators on trade in goods and services for 197 economies, highlighting the major exports and imports for each economy as well as their main trading partners. For merchandise trade, major exports and imports are listed for both agricultural and non-agricultural products as well as the main import/export partners for total merchandise trade. For trade in services, a detailed breakdown is provided for transport, travel and other commercial services. more ...
Women and Trade
The Role of Trade in Promoting Gender Equality
The report, co-published by the World Trade Organization and the World Bank, gathers new data to show how trade and trade policy can affect men and women differently - in terms of wages, consumption and welfare and in the quality of jobs available to them. New analysis based on these data suggests that expanding trade can act as an impetus for countries to improve women's rights and boost female participation in the economy. more ...
Dictionary of Trade Policy Terms, 6th Edition
The dictionary is an accessible guide to the vocabulary used in trade negotiations. It explains about 3,000 terms and concepts in simple language. Its main emphasis is on the multilateral trading system represented by the agreements under the WTO. In addition it covers many of the trade-related activities, outcomes and terms used in other international organizations, such as UNCTAD, WIPO, FAO, APEC and OECD. more ...