Posted on May 08, 2012

6 eminent Judges were sworn in today at the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC). Chelva Rajah of Singapore was appointed Judge of the Court with The Rt. Hon. Sir Thomas Scott Baker, Sir Peter Cresswell and Sir David Edward (all from the UK), Nisuke Ando of Japan and Sir Bruce Robertson of New Zealand appointed as supplemental Judges.

The Judges will serve the Qatar International Court, incorporating the QFC Civil and Commercial Court.

The new Judges broaden the diversity of the bench and bring a wealth of experience to the Qatar International Court. Sir Thomas Scott Baker was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal in the UK in 2002, Chelva Rajah is senior partner at Tan, Rajah & Cheah and Director at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Nisuke Ando is a Professor at the Kyoto University.

Lord Woolf, President of the QICDRC who lead the swearing-in ceremony said: “A distinguishing feature of the Court is that its Judges all have considerable expertise of resolving heavy and complex disputes in their own countries. Their previous experience and appointments enhances the international standing of the Court.” 

Robert Musgrove, CEO of the QICDRC said: “The Court’s international jurisdiction means that we can hear disputes between individuals and business entities operating both in and outside the Qatar Financial Centre. Our new Judges come from a variety of jurisdictions and disciplines which reflects the international nature of commercial cases we cater for.”