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The Rt. Hon. The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd


Lord Thomas has been President of the Qatar International Court since 2018.

Lord Thomas was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1969, becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 1984. In 1996, he was appointed a High Court Judge and was assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division, serving on the Commercial Court. In 2003, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal and was appointed to the Privy Council. He served as the Senior Presiding Judge from 2003 to 2006. 

In 2008, he was appointed Vice President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Deputy Head of Criminal Justice. In 2011, he became President of the Queen’s Bench Division. Thereafter, in 2013, he succeeded Lord Judge as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He retired from that post in 2017, prior to taking up the present position in Qatar where he succeeded Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers. 

Lord Thomas holds several extra-judicial posts, including as Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and Fellow of the Universities of Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Swansea and Bangor and Honorary Doctor of Law of the Universities of South Wales, the West of England, Wales and of Cardiff Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

In 2016, he formed the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts. He was appointed Chairman of the Financial Markets Law Committee in November 2017. He has been Chancellor of Aberystwyth University since January 2018.

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.

Dr. Rashid Hamad Al-Anezi


Dr. Rashid Hamad Al-Anezi is a Kuwaiti legal academic, international arbitrator and a private lawyer. He holds a PHD in International Law from Cambridge University and is a partner in the Kuwait law firm, International Legal Group Law, in strategic alliance with an international law firm Baker Botts LLP.

Dr. Rashid started practicing in the academic field when he joined the faculty of the College of Law at Kuwait University. He was the Head of International Law Department and Assistant Dean in the College of Law. Currently, he is a professor of International Law in the College of Law at Kuwait University. Dr. Rashid has published six books and more than 20 articles in both Arabic and English.

He is a registered arbitrator in Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Laussane, Kuwait Sports Arbitration Authority, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and Saudi Arabian Sports Arbitration Centre. An active international participant, Dr. Rashid is a member of various international organisations and associations, including the Kuwait Bar Association, Kuwait Environment Protection Society and the American Society of International Law. He is also a member of the Ethics Panel of Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer in the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).



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