DS: United Arab Emirates — Measures Relating to Trade in Goods and Services, and Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

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Complaint by Qatar

On 31 July 2017, Qatar requested consultations with the United Arab Emirates with respect to measures relating to trade in goods, trade in services and trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights from Qatar.

Qatar claimed that the measures appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles I:1, V:2, X:1, X:2, XI:1, and XIII:1 of the GATT 1994;
  • Articles II:1, III:1, III:2, III:3, and XVI of the GATS; and
  • Articles 3 and 4 of the TRIPS Agreement. 


Panel and Appellate Body proceedings

On 6 October 2017, Qatar requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on 25 October 2017, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on 22 November 2017, the DSB established a panel. Afghanistan, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, the European Union, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States and Yemen reserved their third-party rights.

Following the agreement of the parties, the panel was composed on 3 September 2018. Following the passing away of the Chair of the panel, the parties agreed on a new Chair.

On 30 September 2019, the Chair of the panel informed the DSB that the panel expected to issue its final report to the parties in the second half of 2020. In its communication, the Chair also informed the DSB that the report would be available to the public once it was circulated to the Members in all three official languages, and that the date of circulation depends on completion of translation.


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