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Significant increase in online dispute settlements amid COVID-19: QICCA

Significant increase in online dispute settlements amid COVID-19: QICCA

Tribune News Network
Doha
There is a significant increase in the number of disputes being settled online as electronic arbitration has emerged one of the alternative means of solving commercial disputes due to the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, Qatar International Center for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA) Board Member for International Relations Sheikh Thani bin Ali Al Thani has said.
Addressing a webinar entitled ‘Impact of Corona Crisis on International Arbitration’, Sheikh Thani said, “There are many advantages of e-arbitration. It is characterised by rapid dispute resolution, low expenses and visits, efficiency and variety of arbitrators, as well as overcoming the problem of jurisdiction and conflict of laws, and establishing the principle of transcending time and place in law.”
The webinar, which was held by ‘Law Ambassadors Initiative’, discussed ways of conducting arbitral proceedings through modern technologies amid COVID-19 crisis.
Sheikh Thani noted that e-arbitration is conducted in accordance with the principles of the Seoul Protocol, which is characterised by a set of procedures that cope with the modern time.
He, however, said that e-arbitration has many disadvantages such as being not accepted by those who don’t know how to deal with technology, lack of confidentiality and inadequacy of domestic and international legislation for electronic arbitration, as well as some procedural and substantive obstacles.
Sheikh Thani stressed the importance of reinforcing laws to deal with electronic arbitration, because of the absence of organised national legislative texts.
He also underscored the need for holding conferences and seminars to raise awareness of this type of arbitration.

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