The Blockade Imposed Against Qatar: An Analytical Study of WTO Principles

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Amna Saif Al-Naemi , Fatma Ghulam Usman , Khadeeja Nasser Al-Seagh , Maha Jawhar Al-Jassim , Noora Abdullah Al-Semaiti , Sara Ibrahim Al-Obaidli

Abstract

This analytical study sheds light on the consequences of the blockade imposed against Qatar and the violation of the blockading countries – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt – of trade and economic agreements under the World Trade Organization (WTO). It also focuses on the legal basis of Qatar’s filed complaints against KSA, UAE, and Bahrain, WTO’s Dispute Settlement Procedures and jurisdiction, and the national security exceptions, as well as the main principles of the WTO treaties including General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), and Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

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Keywords

Qatar
blockade
blockading countries
WTO
GATT
GATS
TRIPS
Dispute Settlement Procedures
jurisdiction
national security

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