2. Membership decisions are made by the Ministerial Conference. The Ministerial Conference approves the agreement on the terms of membership by a two-thirds majority of WTO members. 1. The WTO provides a common institutional framework for the implementation of trade relations between its members in areas under the agreements and legal instruments attached to them. This agreement defines the scope, functions and structure of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The agreements previously negotiated under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), as well as the Uruguay Round agreements, have been incorporated as integral parts of the Marrakesh Agreement and have been incorporated into its annexes. These agreements are now considered WTO agreements. 9. At the request of the parties to a trade agreement, the Ministerial Conference may decide by mutual agreement to include this agreement in Schedule 4.
At the request of the parties to a multi-lateral trade agreement, the Ministerial Conference may decide to remove this schedule 4 agreement. (2) The WTO provides the status of negotiations among its members on multilateral trade relations in the cases under this agreement. The WTO can also provide a forum for further negotiations among its members on their multilateral trade relations and a framework for the implementation of the outcome of these negotiations, as decided by the Ministerial Conference. The growth of international trade has led to a complex and increasingly broad primary law, including international treaties and agreements, national legislation and trade dispute settlement jurisprudence. This research guide focuses primarily on the multilateral trading system managed by the World Trade Organization. It also contains information on regional and bilateral trade agreements, including those involving the United States. (5) There is a commodity trade council, a services council and a council on aspects of intellectual property rights that affect trade (`TRIPS Advice`), acting under the general direction of the General Council.