Posted on May 25, 2017

The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) was platinum sponsor at the Wolters-Kluwer 3rdAnnual International Arbitration Summit held last week at the Marriot Marquis, Doha.

The QICDRC’s CEO, Mr. Faisal Al-Sahouti, gave an introductory speech to members of the audience comprising local and international lawyers, arbitrators and other interested parties. He stated, “The QICDRC has been at the forefront of supporting and promoting the new legislation. One of the key messages I would like to impart today is that I am keen to ensure that this new law works for all those involved in the arbitral process- parties, legal representatives and arbitrators. This is an exciting time for Qatar. The enactment, last month, of Law No 2 of 2017 issuing the Arbitration Law in Civil and Commercial Matters presents new opportunities for parties seeking to arbitrate in Qatar. The new law, which is heavily influenced by the internationally-accepted UNCITRAL Model Law, modernises,indeed revolutionises, arbitration practice in Qatar.”

Attendees had the chance to hear a variety of speakers throughout the conference. The QICDRC’s Registrar, Mr. Christopher Grout, later addressed the audience on two distinct topics- (i) the role of expert witnesses and (ii) the functions of the Court under the new arbitration law. As to the latter,  he also spoke about the features of the Court that make it an attractive proposition to those seeking to select it as the Competent Court. He commented, “The introduction of the “Competent Court” in this new piece of legislation is imaginative. It affords parties a choice as to which court will be responsible for assisting and supporting Qatar-seated arbitrations. Parties who wish to select this Court as the Competent Court are strongly advised to use the wording of the QICDRC Model Clause, adapted where necessary, so as to make the intention of the parties crystal clear.”

The President of the Qatar International Court, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, made a surprise appearance at the event and gave an impromptu address praising Qatar for its vision and ambitions under the new law.