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The Art of Advocacy

The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre is pleased to extend an invitation to attend our upcoming event titled "The Art of Advocacy."

Advocacy is a fundamental skill for legal professionals, especially those who appear before various tribunals and courts. Join us as three esteemed panellists share their wealth of experience in international advocacy, offering insights into successful advocacy techniques, along with essential do’s and don'ts.


11:00 – 11:15 Arrival of Guests
11:15 – 11:20 Opening Remarks
11:20 – 12:00 Panel Discussion
12:00 – 12:15 Q&A
12:15 – 13:00 Networking


Dr. Muna Al-Marzouqi

Enforcement Judge

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.

Dr. Nasser Mehsin M A Al-Adba

Managing Partner, Omani & Partners LLP

Dr. Nasser Mehsin M A Al-Adba is a lawyer, Chairman at Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Qatar – QFC Branch Arbitrator and Expert in International Investment Law in MENA region & full-time professor of International Investment Law in Qatar University.

He specializes in drafting and review of major construction contracts and practices the fields of International Investment Law and International Trade and Dispute Resolution, having recently been chosen for the World Trade Organization roster of panelists (WTO).

He is regularly involved in cases arising from:
•    International construction law,
•    State and private commercial investment agreements
•    Bilateral and multilateral international treaty negotiations and agreements
•    Public Private Partnership Contracts (PPP)
•    Concession, Partnership & Technology transfer contracts
•    Review and Scrutiny of oil and gas agreements (DPSA & EPSA Agreements)

He is renowned for his skills as a commercial negotiator, mediator and arbitrator in Investment Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Academic Awards and Achievements:
•    Ph.D., in International Investment Arbitration, University of Manchester, UK.
•    G.D.L. in International Negotiation, Mediation and Dispute settlement Harvard Law School, USA.
•    Master in International Oil and Gas from Graduate Institute of International 
            and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.
•    L.L.B. Qatar University, Faculty of Law, State of Qatar.

Michael Bowsher KC

Barrister, Monckton Chambers

Michael Bowsher KC has a busy practice in Commercial, Competition and Procurement matters, particularly in disputes concerning major public and public-private projects.

Michael is involved in a large number of commercial disputes, and these usually arise in matters with some connection with the public sector or utilities where his expert knowledge in the relevant contracts and commercial practices are particularly relevant. These disputes cover a range of matters including disputes over payment and performance.

Michael is active in a range of dispute resolution arrangements. He has often been appointed as arbitrator, mediator and expert by CEDR, LCIA, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Technology and Construction Solicitor Association. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London where he teaches EU Public Procurement on the LLM degree course and is Director of the Distance Learning Diploma and Masters in Public Procurement law. Each of these courses includes substantial components concerning procurement by international organisations beyond the EU.

Michael is a member of the Bar Library in Belfast and the Law Library in Dublin, and practises actively in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as well as in England and Wales. He is currently Leader of the European Circuit of the Bar of England and Wales.

Umar Azmeh


Umar Azmeh was appointed Registrar in October 2022, and oversees the management of cases before the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre. He is also a member of the senior management team and the Judicial Advisory Board.
Umar qualified both as a barrister and a solicitor. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2009 by Middle Temple, and practised as a barrister, gaining experience in criminal and civil law, latterly conducting civil litigation on behalf of various United Kingdom government departments. He qualified as a solicitor at Hogan Lovells International LLP in 2017, where he gained experience of commercial law, including high value commercial litigation. He subsequently worked at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales (Criminal Division) which entailed advising the senior judiciary on some of the most serious and significant cases in the jurisdiction including, among others, the Lord Chief Justice, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, and the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
He most recently practised at BCL Solicitors LLP in London, a leading law firm where he specialised in advising and representing high net-worth individuals and corporates in regulatory investigations brought by domestic and international regulators. Umar is also an expert in UK sanctions law, and has worked on some of the most high-profile sanctions cases in the United Kingdom.
Umar holds an LL.B. degree from King’s College, University of London, and an M.Sc. degree from the University of Oxford (Worcester College), where he graduated first in his year. He is currently a DPhil in Law Candidate at the University of Oxford (St Anne’s College), and is a regular contributor to academic and practitioner publications. Umar is also a Visiting Lecturer at The City Law Schools (City, University of London), and is a Trustee of the Sentencing Academy, a research and engagement charitable incorporated organisation dedicated to developing expert and public understanding of sentencing in England and Wales.




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