ICC Qatar to Hold High-Level Panel Discussion on Party Participation in an Arbitration

Doha, February 21, 2017

The International Chamber of Commerce Qatar held a panel discussion on “Party Participation in an Arbitration” on 21 February 2017. This was the second seminar in ICC Qatar’s newly launched monthly “Arbitration Series” as part of the 2017 programme of its Commission on Arbitration and ADR. The panel discussion brought together high-level speakers from top companies and international organizations including Michael Mitchell, General Counsel of Qatar Foundation, Stephen Hibbert, General Counsel of Qatar Rail, Christopher Newmark Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Global Commission on Arbitration and ADR and Thomas Wilson, Partner with Squire Patton Boggs and head of the firm’s arbitration practice in the Middle East, to share their expertise about arbitration and the best practices in disputes settlement.

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.

“We are very happy with the wonderful turnout and interest that the Qatari community has shown in the ICC Qatar Arbitration Series and particularly this panel discussion which has brought together some of the top lawyers in the field of arbitration” said H.E. Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce Qatar and Executive Board Member of ICC International Secretariat.

Mr. Charbel Maakaron, Head of the ICC Qatar Commissioner on Arbitration and ADR said “The panel discussion was excellent and we were treated to an engaging discussion from distinguished panelists on how they approach arbitration and dispute resolution in their practices. I was thrilled with the number of people who attended, as this reflects that there is a deep thirst in the Qatar legal community for developing expertise in arbitration and dispute resolution. I also thank Sheikh Khalifa and his team at the ICC, as this event would not have been successful without their hard work. I am also looking forward to the next presentation in the series on the new arbitration laws in Qatar and expect this will be a similarly engaging topic.”

The seminars are presented by Commission members and distinguished colleagues, and will address the changes and developments in foreign and domestic arbitration in Qatar, how Qatari professionals might prepare for arbitration and ADR proceedings, and discussion of how arbitration in Qatar links to the international business community and investments.

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About International Chamber of Commerce Qatar (ICC Qatar)

ICC Qatar works to connect local businesses to the world – and the world to the businesses of Qatar. As part of the world largest business organisation, ICC Qatar advances the interests of the Qatar business community in trade, investment, industrial and international relations. For more information, visit www.iccqatar.org

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