This essay is about the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (“GATT”), and the World Trade Organization (“WTO”). The United States has chosen to participate in NAFTA, GATT, and WTO by the President's signing international agreements. These agreements, however, have not been presented to the Senate for ratification as treaties, although, as some commentators have noted, they bear the characteristics of treaties. Rather, they are implemented by Congress enacting domestic implementing legislation as statutory law.
Jane A. Restani and Ira Bloom,
Interpreting International Trade Statutes: Is the Charming Betsy Sinking?,
24 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1533
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