The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. The goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.
Essentially, the WTO is a place where member governments go, to try to sort out the trade problems they face with each other. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations. But the WTO is not just about liberalizing trade, and in some circumstances its rules support maintaining trade barriers — for example to protect consumers, prevent the spread of disease or protect the environment.
WTO iLibrary is the online research depository of the World Trade Organization (WTO) featuring its publications, reports and other research material.
It is an invaluable source of information on global trade: 1,900 titles, 15,000 chapters, 330 working papers, over 1,220 reports and 28 databases – PDF and HTML