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Dispute Resolution: The Case for Mediation

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming event, "Mediation as a Form of Dispute Resolution," featuring fireside chats and Q&A sessions with Umar, Alim, and Luigia.

Alim will share insights on the purpose of mediation and its potential as a swift, cost-effective form of early dispute resolution. He will also explore its practice and procedure in comparison to other forms of ADR. Luigia will discuss the benefits of mediation in the context of employment disputes. Umar will be the panel chair, moderating and facilitating the fireside chats and Q&A.

Whether you are experienced in mediation or looking to develop a practice, this event is for you. Our expert panelists will provide valuable guidance on the best practices in mediation for the region in 2023 and beyond.

Join us for an afternoon of engaging conversation and practical insights on how mediation can be used to resolve disputes.


  • 14:45 - 15:00: Arrival of Guests
  • 15:00 - 15:05: Opening Remarks
  • 15:05 - 16:00: Discussion
    Umar Azmeh, Alim Khamis, Luigia Ingianni
  • 16:00 - 16:15: Q&A
  • 16:15 - 17:00: Networking


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.

Alim Khamis

Head of Office for Doha and Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Alim Khamis is a Partner and Head of the Qatar office at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Alim is an accredited mediator (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) (CEDR) and his practice specialises in resolving complex construction disputes with a focus on domestic and international arbitration in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors.
Throughout his career, Alim has worked across multiple jurisdictions and project managed large international teams from specialist disciplines on arbitrations spanning Asia, the GCC, Australia and Canada. With over a decade of experience acting for clients in high-value disputes, he has gained invaluable sector knowledge and best practice.
View more about Alim’s experience here.

Luigia Ingianni

Commissioner of the Employment Standards Office - Qatar Financial Centre Adjunct Professor, College of Law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Luigia is an employment lawyer and policy maker with 30 years of exponential experience in labour laws, and conciliation and adjudication of labour disputes, across different countries and legal systems (common and civil law jurisdictions). 

She holds a Master Degree in Law, a Post-Degree Master in Human Resources and Communication, a Women in Leadership Executive Program with London Business School and is a qualified conciliator, negotiator and mediator of labour disputes certified by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITCILO) and trained by Harvard Law School (Program on Negotiation - PON). 

As Commissioner of the Employment Standards Office of the Qatar Financial Centre, in 2015 she has established the first administrative employment dispute resolution centre in the Middle East operating under the ILO guidelines – the “Commission for Conciliation and Adjudication” - and has resolved hundreds of employment disputes through conciliation and mediation. 

Policy maker and advocate for gender equal and inclusive workplaces, Luigia is a certified facilitator of Participatory Gender Audit (ITCILO) and designs innovative legislation and policies with particular focus on management of conflict in the workplace, gender equality, decent work, harassment and violence in the workplace, justice and partnerships - UN SDGs 5, 8, 16 and 17. She is also a member of the WHO working group of the World of Work Dialogue. 

Adjunct Professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University – College of Law, she is regularly invited as speaker at national and international conferences and seminars, including Chatham House, International Labour Organization (ILO), World Health Organisation (WHO), International Training Centre of the ILO (ITCILO), International Bar Association (IBA), Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs of the State of Qatar, among others, and gives lectures at different universities including Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, Georgetown University, Aberdeen University, and cooperates with the European University of Rome, HEC Paris and University of Parma on topics related to the world of work.




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