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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LexisNexis

LexisNexis is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory and business information and analytics that delivers powerful new decision tools by applying machine learning, natural language processing, visualisation, and artificial intelligence to its global legal database.

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)

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a global hub of excellence for the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution with a membership of 16,000 people.

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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The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) is the world’s leading institution devoted to international investment dispute settlement. The ICSID has administered the majority of all international investment cases since its establishment by the Executive Directors of the World Bank back in 1966.

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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Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Law

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)

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.


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Qatar University: College of Law

In February 2016, the Court signed an agreement with Qatar University’s College of Law (LAWC), to establish collaboration on legal and judicial training, professional development, professional development programs, subsidiary courses as well as joint conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops and collaborative research projects. The Court and LAWC have agreed to cooperate on providing internships and training for students.

Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution was established at Qatar University’s College of Law under the auspice of the Court. The objective of the Chair is to educate law students on the importance of alternative dispute resolution and the local community by supporting research, as well as hosting seminars and conferences.  


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Ministry of Justice’s Legal and Judicial Studies Centre

In order to promote legal cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the Court, the Court signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Justice’s Legal and Judicial Studies Centre in May 2016. The MoU aims to develop training curricula, exchange legal expertise and promote joint judicial seminars in line with the National Vision 2030 in order to further strengthen Qatar’s legal environment.


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Qatar Sports Arbitration Foundation

In March 2018, the Court signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Qatar Sports Arbitration Foundation to promote alternative dispute resolution in the sport sector. The MoU calls for cooperation to strengthen the international arbitration environment in the State of Qatar and co-ordinate the organisation of events, seminars, training workshops and conferences on arbitration, conciliation and mediation.


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Ministry of Public Health

In line with Qatar Vision 2030, the Court has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Public Health in January 2020, to promote a safe and healthy lifestyle for our employees in support of the national development objectives.


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The Supreme Court of Singapore

In October 2017, the QICDRC and the Supreme Court of Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding for judicial cooperation and for cooperation within the framework of experiences' exchange and discussion of issues of mutual interest, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding for the implementation of the financial provisions between the QICDRC and the Supreme Court of Singapore.