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Contracting Parties

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This chapter briefly discusses the article XXXII: Contracting Parties. Article (Art.) XXXII was drafted at the Geneva Conference of 1947, as part of the final provisions for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1947. There was no equivalent provision in the Havana Charter. The words "or Article XXXIII" in Art. XXXII:1 were added in 1948 by means of a protocol. Likewise, the references to Art. XXVI:4 and 6 in Art. XXXII:2 arose from a modification, which was drafted at the 1954-1955 review session. Art. XXXII:1 defines contracting parties, by referring to the three principal means by which it was possible to become a contracting party and apply the provisions of GATT 1947.

Keywords: contracting parties; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; Havana Charter; World Trade Organization (WTO)

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