Posted on May 18, 2017

The Centre for Law and Development at Qatar University College of Law (QU-LAWC) hosted on May 17 an international conference on “The Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution – A Qatari Perspective”, aimed to provide practitioners, judges and academics with a platform to discuss contemporary trends in arbitration and the future of arbitration from a Qatari perspective.

Sponsored by Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Center (QICDRC) and Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners Law Firm, the conference is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed last year between LAWC and QICDRC to establish collaboration in the field of research.

The opening session was attended by LAWC Dean Dr Mohamed Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi, QICDRC President Lord Nicholas Phillips and CEO Mr Faisal Rashid Al-Sahouti, Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners Law Firm Managing Partner Mr Sultan Al-Abdulla, and Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne Dr Brigitte Stern, as well as QU leadership, faculty and staff. The event’s program featured four panel discussions entitled “Economic Subjects and Arbitration”, “Alternative Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution”, “New Qatari Law on Arbitration”, and “Public Law and Arbitration”. It also included numerous presentations delivered by speakers from QU, Cairo University, Embassy of the Republic of Austria to the State of Qatar, Outer Temple Chambers – UK, Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, QICDRC, and Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners Law Firm.

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They presented on a wide range of topics such as “Alternative Means for Resolving Economic Disputes”, “Arbitrating Natural Resource Disputes: Current and Future Trends”, “Arbitration in Intellectual Property Disputes”, “Conciliation versus Court Ruling – Management of Chances and Risks”, “The Role of the Civil and Commercial Court of Qatar Financial Centre under the New Arbitration Law No 2 of 2017”, “A Comparative Examination of the Qatar Financial Center (QFC) Consumer Dispute Resolution Scheme”, and many others.

Also on the program were the launch of LAWC Centre for Law and Development and the screening of a video on the Centre. The establishment of the Centre aims to build national capacity in the field of law in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.  Its research output will contribute to developing laws and policies related to national development, to building awareness of laws in Qatar, and to promoting the exchange of ideas for policy development and implementation. In his remarks, Dr Mohamed Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi said: “We believe that finding the alternative means of resolving disputes is an urgent economic requirement to avoid accumulating files in our local courts. This conference aims to highlight these methods and to define their applicability in many fields and their future as a successful means to resolve disputes in the easiest and safest ways.”

QU-LAWC hosts international 3 [].jpgLAWC Associate Professor of Law and Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Dr Francis Botchway said: “This conference is one of the main steps to achieve the objectives of the MoU that was signed last year between LAWC and QICDRC. The conference brings together accomplished international arbitration and other ADR practitioners and academics to deliberate on contemporary issues in ADR and its future. It is a timely event since Qatar passed a new law on arbitration which came into effect last month. It will provide an opportunity for a rigorous discussion of all aspects of the law and its international context and showcase Qatar as an effective destination for dispute settlement.”
Mr Sultan Al-Abdulla said: “We, at Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners, are very pleased to cooperate with the College of Law at Qatar University, the Centre for Law and Development, and Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre in organizing and delivering this international event. We commend the role of the College of Law and the Centre for Law and Development in spreading legal awareness. We believe events like this help the legal community to develop a better collective understanding of the Qatari legal system generally as well as alternative methods for resolving disputes.”

Mr Faisal Rashid Al-Sahouti said: “We are proud to be sponsors for this conference at Qatar University which focuses on alternative dispute resolution. Such conferences further demonstrate the level of interest in the Qatari legal environment for different procedural methods that parties can use when choosing to solve a case.”