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 March 2020, the WTO iLibrary contains 1,697 ebook titles, 11,510 chapters, 248 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
- Latest trade data available in CSV format
- WTO publications will eventually be available in English, French and Spanish
- Provided bibliographic records in MARC21 and XML
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- Enriched metadata makes the content fully searchable
- Usage monitoring with COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
- Content can be viewed by country, topic, language, year and title
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- All content can be fully downloaded or copied/pasted for use elsewhere
- Institution-wide access via IP address and/or username/password login
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What's New on the WTO iLibrary
World Trade Report 2019
Services have become the most dynamic component of global trade, with an increasingly important role in the global economy and in everyday life. Yet the extent of services' contribution to global trade is not always fully understood. The World Trade Report 2019 attempts to remedy this by examining how trade in services is evolving and why services trade matters. more ...
Making Globalization More Inclusive
Lessons from Experience with Adjustment Policies
Policies aimed at helping workers adjust to the impact of trade or technological changes can provide a helping hand to the workforce and increase the benefits of open trade and new technologies. This publication contributes to the discussion on how governments can help make international trade more inclusive and ensure that the benefits of open trade are spread more widely. more ...
Status of WTO Legal Instruments, 2019 Edition
Complete Update of the Status of Legal Instruments
This publication covers the treaty instruments drawn up by WTO Members in relation to the Agreement Establishing the WTO and the multilateral and plurilateral trade agreements annexed to this Agreement. It lists the signature dates of WTO agreements and the dates of acceptance or amendments to these agreements. It also provides the date of their entry into force as well as for other communications and declarations received by the WTO Director-General in his capacity as depositary. more ...
Trade Profiles 2019
Trade Profiles 2019 provides a series of key indicators on trade in goods and services for 196 economies, highlighting the major exports and imports for each economy as well as their main trading partners. For each profile, the data is presented in a handy two-page format, providing a concise overview of global trade. more ...
World Trade Statistical Review 2019
The publication also looks into trade in value-added terms and the latest trade policy developments, highlighting recent trends in WTO members' use of trade-restrictive and trade-facilitating measures. In addition, it provides information on the participation of developing economies in world trade, Aid-for-Trade financial commitments and implementation of the WTO's landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement. more ...
World Tariff Profiles 2019
The 2019 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 ...
Making Trade Work for the Environment, Prosperity and Resilience
How to Ensure that Trade and a Healthy Environment Reinforce each other?
International trade offers unique opportunities to help tackle mounting environmental challenges while fostering economic and social prosperity. Open, predictable and equitable trade relations among countries can accelerate the worldwide diffusion of environmentally sound technological solutions and facilitate the creation and expansion of markets for sustainable products. more ...