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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Havana Charter (1948)

Giorgio Sacerdoti

Subject(s):
History of international law — Technical barriers to trade — National treatment — Most-favoured-nation treatment (MFN) — Subsidies — Tariffs — International investment law

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Charter for an International Trade Organization (‘Havana Charter’) consisted of a series of extensive commitments between governments on substantive questions in trade covering disciplines such as employment and economic activity. Although the Charter never came into effect, the negotiations did produce the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (‘GATT’ [adopted 30 October 1947, entered into force 1 January 1948] 55 UNTS 187 ; General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade [1947 and 1994] ), which laid the foundation for the multilateral trading system and the...
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