Legal Bureau

LEGAL BUREAU

Over the past few years, our national economy has witnessed rapid legal reform and growth in global trade relations, which has created opportunities for renewed partnerships and new cooperation agreements. We continue to consolidate our regional and international network through the conclusion of impactful agreements in the areas of knowledge and resource-exchange, youth development and other exciting initiatives.

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Since 2018, we have served as a ‘Strategic Alliance’ partner to LexisNexis, a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics. The agreement promotes mutual support in relation to a wide variety of initiatives, publications and trainings.

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The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is one of our established partners since 2017. In addition to joint training programmes in arbitration, mediation and adjudication, CIArB has opened a branch at our headquarters and provide a range of resources to the Qatari legal community.

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We entered into a momentous agreement with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in June 2019. The cooperation agreement is an extension of the Centre’s original promise to promote international investment in a safe and effective way.

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We signed a three-year agreement with Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Law, launching a ‘QIC-HBKU College of Law Lecture Series’ on topics related to international dispute resolution, substantive principles of commercial and business law, and QICDRC-specific legal applications, in addition to joint conferences, colloquia, and workshops, and regular guest lectures.

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International Consortium of Court Excellence

In 2019, the Court’s successfully adopted the ICCE framework, thereby delivering scalable and sustainable change for a holistic improvement to the quality of court services in Qatar.

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The Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (SIFoCC) has published a Memorandum on 'Delivering Justice during the Covid-19 pandemic and the future use of technology. The Memorandum explores the ways in which fair and open justice can be maintained during the current pandemic and notes the range of technologies being utilised by courts around the world, including the Qatar International Court. The Memorandum is accompanied by a 50-page Annex which summarises the approach of courts across 16 different countries. SIFoCC was established in 2017 and aims to bring together the world's commercial courts in a forum that takes place every 12-18 months. The first forum took place in London, the second in New York. The Qatar International Court has been a member of SIFoCC since its inception.