The WTO is a treaty, or a collection of treaties, and at the same time an international organization. As a treaty, the WTO consists of legally binding rights and obligations between the parties and mechanisms for clarifying those rights and determining compliance or non-compliance. As an international organization, the WTO operates through various organs and plays a role internationally, giving it an identity that goes beyond the regulation of reciprocal rights and obligations under the treaties. To some extent, this distinction between treaty and international...
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