(DOHA – 22nd May , 2017) – The International Chamber of Commerce Qatar (ICC Qatar) held a seminar titled “The Endline of an Arbitration: Enforcement of Arbitral Awards” on Monday 22nd May in cooperation with the Qatar International Law Firm (QILF) and Qatar International Centre for Conciliation & Arbitration (QICCA).
The session is the sixth and closing seminar of ICC Qatar’s Arbitration Series for the first half of the year and closed out as a very successful series of presentations and discussions by the ICC Qatar Commission on Arbitration and ADR and Commission members.
Mr. Abdelmonin Abutiffa, Legal Consultant at QILF and Dr. Minas Khatchadourian, Counselor of QICCA, presented and highlighted the enforcement of arbitration awards, the conventions governing enforcement of awards, and the enforcement procedures before Qatar courts. Mr. Abutiffa discussed the jurisprudential theories supporting the enforcement of arbitral awards, as they come from a mixture of contract and judicial theories. Mr. Abutiffa reviewed the procedures for the enforcement of both domestic and foreign award, and the requirements that awards must meet in Qatar in order to be enforceable.
Dr. Khatchadourian focused on the international agreements that govern the enforcement of awards, including treaties like the New York Conventions. Dr. Khatchadourian praised the New York Conventions, noting that they have been signed by more than 150 countries, including Qatar and the other GCC countries. Dr. Khatchadourian also discussed Qatar’s international treaties aimed at recognising and enforcing arbitration awards with other countries.
Charbel Maakaron, Chair of the ICC Qatar Commission on Arbitration and ADR, thanked the participants for attending the highly successful arbitration series, organized under the leadership of H.E. Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani and the very competent and skilled Qatar Chamber and ICC Qatar teams. Mr. Maakaron stated that “This arbitration series exceeded our expectations in participation and content. We were very lucky to have eminent, learned authorities from the ICC, legal practice, and from Qatar companies to share their knowledge and experiences. The sessions covered multiple issues that arise in arbitration, including this informative presentation on enforcing arbitral awards. We also look forward to the next steps that the Commission on Arbitration and ADR will launch after the summer.”
The “Arbitration Series” follows the Commission’s charge to foster the development of trade and investment between Qatar and the international business community. It has been designed to help inform not only arbitration practitioners but professionals across the entire Qatari community from businesses, governmental agencies and public and private sectors to students.
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