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

Key Facts

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Short Title: United Arab Emirates — Goods, Services and IP rights
Respondent: United Arab Emirates
Third Parties: Brazil; Canada; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; United States; China; Chinese Taipei; Bahrain; Egypt; European Union; Norway; Russian Federation; Saudi Arabia; Turkey; Ukraine; Yemen; Japan; Korea; Afghanistan; Kazakhstan; Australia; Malaysia; Phillippines; Singapore;
Complaintant(s): Qatar;
Dispute Number: DS526
Link to Dispute Site:
Dispute Subject(s): GATS; GATT 1994; TRIPS;
Dispute Status: Pending

On July 31, 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.

On October 6, 2017, Qatar requested the establishment of a panel. At its meeting on October 23, 2017, the DSB deferred the establishment of a panel.

At its meeting on November 22, 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 September 3, 2018. Following the passing away of the Chair of the panel, the parties agreed on a new Chair.


Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
10/02/2019 U.S. Third Party Executive Summary 
09/18/2019 U.S. Third-Party Answers to Panel Questions 
08/22/2019 U.S. Third-Party Oral Statement