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Qatar is among the first three countries to sign the Singapore Convention on Mediation, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Arbitration Court Member Sheikh Thani bin Ali Al Thani said while addressing a webinar on ‘Emerging Trends in International Disputes’ on Thursday.
Sheikh Thani, who delivered his presentation in a pre-recorded video, provided an overview of Qatar’s increased involvement on the world stage in the area of mediation as a means to resolve international dispute.
Sheikh Thani pointed out that 53 states have signed the Singapore Convention on Mediation.
With more signatories anticipated, he said, there clearly is growing interest to adopt mediation and conciliation as means of settling international commercial disputes.
Organised by ICC Qatar in collaboration with Crowell & Moring, the webinar was also addressed by Ian Laird, partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution Group based in Washington, Laurence Winston, partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring’s International Dispute Resolution Group based in London and Randa Adra, Crowell & Moring Counsel based in New York.
Crowell & Moring Senior Counsel Tarek Saad moderated the discussion.
Speaking on the occasion, Laird highlighted the benefits of mediation in international disputes. “Qatari companies should consider the option to use the ICC Mediation Rules to help increase the enforceability of contractual settlements in countries that are signatories to Singapore Convention,” Laird said.
Adra provided a valuable overview of new amendments to the ICC Arbitration Rules that will take effect for cases submitted to the ICC after January 1, 2021. She highlighted the need to improve flexibility, transparency and efficiency of ICC arbitrations as the world is seeing and experiencing more virtual proceedings and increasingly complex cases.
Winston discussed the benefits and challenges involved in seeking interim measures and the appointment of emergency arbitrators in cases that require urgent relief such as orders to freeze assets or preserve evidence.
He also talked about issues in relation to the enforcement of both interim measures and final awards and highlighted the example of a case in which he assisted a prominent Qatari company to successfully obtain a worldwide freezing order and passport confiscation order in London in the enforcement of a large arbitration award issued overseas.
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