In 2020, the QICDRC launched its Mediation Service, publishing the QICDRC Mediation Rules which are available online.
Under the Rules, mediations are initiated in one of three ways:
- (i) by the Qatar International Court or QFC Regulatory Tribunal (with the agreement of the parties),
- (ii) as a result of a contractual provision to refer the dispute to mediation, or
- (iii) at the voluntary request of one or more parties to a dispute (with the agreement of the other party/parties). Where parties seek to refer a dispute to mediation, the Registrar will suggest a list of mediators from the specially created QICDRC Panel from which the parties can make a selection. If the parties are unable to agree on a particular mediator, the Registrar will make the appointment.
The appointed mediator has complete flexibility to conduct the mediation in such manner as he or she considers appropriate and most likely to be successful having regard to the nature and circumstances of the dispute.
Ideally, the mediation will result in an amicable settlement agreement which all parties are content with. If settlement cannot be reached, the parties may then consider whether to resort to another form of dispute resolution.
Parties who wish to refer a dispute to mediation should, having read the QICDRC Mediation Rules, complete the Request for Mediation Form and return it to the Registry by email.