Qatar first country to hold int’l arbitration conference to mark NY Convention
March 13 2018 10:02 PM
Sheikh Thani: Flexible rules.

Qatar Chamber’s Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (Qicca) will organise the ‘3rd International Arbitration Conference’ on March 20 under the theme ‘Arbitration between Qatari Law & International Conventions’.
Qicca board member Dr Sheikh Thani bin Ali bin Saud al-Thani said Qatar “is the first country” to host an extensive conference that marks the 60th anniversary of the issuance of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 1958) — the centrepiece of treaties on arbitration in the world.
Sheikh Thani said the convention enables arbitration awards issued in any country to be executed in another country. He noted that the conference comes after a year of issuing the Qatar Arbitration Law.
He said the event will gather 30 prominent speakers, senior world arbitration figures, directors of arbitration centres, consultants, and lawyers. 
The discussions will highlight many topics, including the Qatari Arbitration Law and its impact of 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. The conference sessions will review key arbitration issues, said Sheikh Thani, adding that he hopes that the recommendations announced at the conclusion of the event would uphold arbitration worldwide.
“It 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 for disputes in a short period of less than a few months,” he said.
Sheikh Thani said arbitration is a primary alternative to the ordinary judiciary. He stressed that the conference provides a special platform for attendees to be familiar with the latest developments in the world of arbitration and its applications in the fields of investment, trade, real estate, construction, energy, finance, industry, and marine transport, among others.

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