A delegation from the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) took part in the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association Seoul (IBA 2019) from September 22-27, highlighting Qatar’s commitment to the highest international standards of the resolution of civil and commercial disputes. The conference’s opening remarks were delivered by a line-up of eminent fi gures, including the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in; former secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon; Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon; and president of the IBA, Horacio Bernardes Neto. Some 5,000 renowned experts and professionals from the global legal community gathered at this year’s edition in Seoul, South Korea. For the third consecutive year, QICDRC participated as gold sponsor, “eff ectively reaffi rming its focus on international engagement and co-operation”, it said in a press statement. The QICDRC also hosted a seminar on the sidelines of the event, titled ‘The Rise of the Commercial Courts in Asia and the Middle East’, featuring panellists from various jurisdictions, including Qatar, Singapore and Kazakhstan. The discussions focused on how international commercial courts have developed a unique legal model by adopting best practices in dispute resolution. QICDRC’s strategic position as a meeting point between East and West as well as its active role in the conference circuit was also highlighted during the seminar. Remarking on the court’s directive to promote international collaboration within key commerce and trade centres, Faisal al-Sahouti, QICDRC’s CEO, said: “Collaboration and knowledgeexchange at key legal events help advance QICDRC’s distinguished legal framework among the global community. We have reinforced important relationships with our South Korean counterparts and established an important dialogue on the future of international arbitration and dispute resolution. “Once again, the IBA platform has allowed us to leverage a global network of judicial expertise and promote Qatar as an international hub for commercial arbitration. We return with a strengthened dedication to the promotion of safe and accessible dispute settlement solutions based on the rule of law, to better service our community today and in the future.” The court continues to advance Qatar’s judicial and commercial development strategy through international collaboration. Earlier this year, it concluded an agreement with the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes to promote the wider use of arbitration and position Qatar as a hub for alternative dispute resolution in the region.