3rd International Arbitration Conference to begin in Doha on March 20


The third International Arbitration Conference slated to discuss arbitration between Qatari law and international conventions will begin in Doha on March 20.

Being organised by the Qatar Chamber’s Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA), the two-day event, ‘Qatari Law and International Conventions’ will be held under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani.
Qatar is the first country to host an extensive conference to mark the 60th anniversary of the issuance of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958), said QICCA’s board member Sheikh Thani bin Ali bin Saud al Thani. This convention is the centrepiece of treaties on arbitration in the world and enables arbitration awards issued in any country to be executed in another country, he noted.

Sheikh Thani said the conference comes after a year of issuing the Qatar Arbitration Law.
The meet will gather 30 prominent speakers, senior world arbitration figures, directors of arbitration centres, consultants, and lawyers. It will provide a unique forum that brings together prominent international speakers.

The conference’s discussions will highlight several topics, including the Qatari Arbitration Law and its impact on business environment as well as the new trends in rules of national and international arbitration centres and mechanisms of disputes settlement in mega projects’ contracts.

It also will discuss arbitration in maritime disputes and the role of expertise in arbitration.
Sheikh Thani said the conference sessions would review key arbitration issues. He said he hoped the recommendations announced at the conclusion of the event would uphold arbitration worldwide.
The conference places Qatar in the vanguard of countries encouraging arbitration through establishing flexible rules, which meet the needs of all arbitration parties and manage the arbitration process in effective and neutral manner.

These rules give equal opportunities for all arbitration parties to submit supporting documents and enable reaching swift settlement of disputes in a short period of less than a few months.

Arbitration is on the top of the alternative means to the ordinary judiciary, Sheikh Thani said, noting that the conference provides special platform for attendees to be familiar with the latest developments of world arbitration that enable arbitrators to have full knowledge of investment, trade, real estate, construction, energy, finance, industry, marine transport and any other field.

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