The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Qatar, in collaboration with Crowell & Moring, has organised a webinar on the topic ‘Emerging Trends in International Disputes’.
Dr Sheikh Thani bin Ali al-Thani, member of the ICC Arbitration Court, delivered a presentation during the webinar and provided an overview of Qatar’s increased involvement

Participants of the webinar

on the world stage in the area of mediation as a means to resolve an international dispute.
He noted that Qatar was one of the first states to sign the ‘UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation’, otherwise known as the ‘Singapore Convention on Mediation’, which entered into force on September 12, 2020.
Sheikh Thani said 53 states have signed the Singapore Convention on Mediation, and with more signatories anticipated, “there clearly is a growing interest to adopt mediation and conciliation as means of settling international commercial disputes.”
Addressing participants, Ian Laird, partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution Group, highlighted the benefits of mediation in international disputes, the issues Qatari companies should consider, and the option to use the ICC Mediation Rules to help increase enforceability of contractual settlements in countries that are signatories to the Singapore Convention.
Randa Adra, Crowell & Moring counsel based in New York, provided an overview of new amendments to the ICC Arbitration Rules, which will take effect for cases submitted to the ICC after January 1, 2021.
She also highlighted improvements to the flexibility, transparency, and efficiency of ICC arbitrations, especially “as the world is seeing and experiencing more virtual proceedings and increasingly complex cases.”