Through its supervisory arbitrational jurisdiction under Law No 2 of 2017 issuing the Arbitration Law in Civil and Commercial Matters, parties can elect the QICDRC as the “Competent Court” of arbitration to perform various functions in relation to interim measures, enforcement of awards and appeals.
The QFC Regulatory Tribunal is a specialist appeals body, established pursuant to the Law of the Qatar Financial Centre, designed to hear complaints raised by individuals and corporate bodies against decisions of the QFC Authority, Regulatory Authority and other QFC Institutions. The Regulatory Tribunal, which is made up of international legal and judicial regulatory law experts, is a wholly independent body. The Regulatory Tribunal is serviced by a Registry team, headed by the Registrar, which is responsible for the case management of appeals that come before the Regulatory Tribunal. The Registrar and his team of expert case managers and support staff are available to assist Regulatory Tribunal-users who have queries in relation to commencing an appeal, or who are seeking assistance as to the practices and procedures to be adopted before the Regulatory Tribunal.
The jurisdiction of the Regulatory Tribunal is set out in Article 8(2)(c) of the QFC Law (as amended) which provides that:
“The Regulatory Tribunal shall have the jurisdiction to hear Appeals raised by individuals and corporate bodies against decisions of The QFC Authority, The Regulatory Authority, other QFC institutions, and other entities over whose disputes jurisdiction given to the Regulatory Tribunal by law.”
In addition, Article 14 of Law No 15 of 2021 empowers the Regulatory Tribunal to hear appeals relating to a decision to revoke or suspend the licenses of registered companies operating within the Qatar Free Zones.
Sir William Blair
Sir William Blair has been a judge of the Qatar International Court since 2017.
He graduated from the University of Oxford and practiced at the English Bar, where he specialised in the law of banking and finance. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1994 and was Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association between 2003 and 2005. He was appointed a High Court Judge in England and Wales in 2008 and became President of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities in 2012. Sir William served as Chairman of the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Tribunal until March 2011 and was a judge in London’s Commercial Court between 2008 and 2017, becoming Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court in 2016.
Sir William is a member of London’s Financial Markets Law Committee and chairs the Monetary Law Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA). He is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), Peking University (PKU) and East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL).
In 2016, the College of Law at Qatar University established the Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2017, Sir William was appointed Professor of Financial Law and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London, based at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.
In August 2018, he was appointed Chair of the Bank of England’s new Enforcement Decision Making Committee.
Edwin Glasgow CBE QC
Edwin Glasgow QC has been a judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2015.
He has extensive experience in commercial and general litigation, as counsel, arbitrator and mediator. In addition to his UK practice, he has been involved in commercial cases in the USA, Hong Kong, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean; professional negligence in Singapore and USA; and Human Rights cases in a number of jurisdictions including Malaysia and Africa.
With more than 40 years of legal experience, Edwin has served as a judge on several prestigious panels and lectured on law and advocacy around the world. He is renowned for his advocacy and forensic skills but also as a popular and approachable arbitrator and outstandingly successful mediator.
Gopal Subramanium has been a supplementary judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2015. Gopal is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. In 1993, he was designated as Senior Counsel suo motu by the Supreme Court of India before becoming Additional Solicitor General of India in 2005 through 2009 whereby he was made Solicitor General of India - a post he held until 2014. From 2010-2011, he was Chairman of the Bar Council of India.
Laurence Li SC
Laurence Li SC has been a judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2011.
Laurence Li SC has extensive and multi-faceted expertise in financial law and regulation. As a barrister, he is a foremost practitioner in this area in Hong Kong. Previously, he worked as a regulator in senior positions in the Securities and Futures Commission. Laurence chairs the Financial Services Development Council, a body tasked to promote the financial services industry and markets.
Dr. Muna Al-Marzouqi
Dr Muna Al-Marzouqi has been a judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2021. She earned her LL.B. in Law with Order of Excellence from Qatar University. She holds an LL.M. from University of California Berkeley and an S.J.D from Tulane University in the field of maritime law. Dr. Muna has been an Assistant Professor at Qatar University College of Law since 2011, where she teaches maritime law and commercial law. Between 2018-2020, she was the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate studies at the College.
In 2020, she was appointed as an Associate Vice President for Academic Planning & Quality Assurance at Qatar University. She graduated from Qatar Leadership Centre in 2018. She is also a member of the Anti-doping Appeal Panel (Qatar Anti-doping committee) and a licensed lawyer before the Qatari Courts.
In 2017, she won the Georgetown University Fellowship Award. She received the Education Excellence Award (doctorate degree category) from the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in 2018. She was awarded the Excellence in Research Award from Qatar University College of Law in 2018.
Sean Hagan has been a judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2019.
He was General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department since 2004, until his retirement from the IMF in 2018. In this capacity, he advised the Fund’s management, Executive Board and membership on all legal aspects of the Fund’s operations, including its regulatory, advisory and lending functions. He has published extensively on both the law of the Fund and a broad range of legal issues relating to the prevention and resolution of financial crisis, with a particular emphasis on insolvency and the restructuring of debt, including sovereign debt.
Prior to beginning work at the IMF, Sean was in private practice, first in New York and subsequently in Tokyo. He received his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and received a Master’s in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law.
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