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The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre Pro Bono Service enables individuals, who fall within the ambit of the Service, to receive legal advice, assistance and representation at no cost.

The term ‘pro bono’ comes from the Latin phrase pro bono publico meaning ‘for the public good’. In the legal context, this generally means the provision of free legal advice and/or representation to those who cannot afford to pay for it and where public means of funding are not available.

At the QICDRC, pro bono legal advice and representation is provided by lawyers, who volunteer their time and expertise to assist individuals with limited financial means in regard to civil and commercial disputes, regulatory appeals or other legal issues that fall within the jurisdiction of the Qatar International Court or QFC Regulatory Tribunal.

Those who are seeking pro bono assistance should refer to the QICDRC Pro Bono Service Guidelines and complete the Application for Pro Bono Legal Assistance. The Service is only open to those who genuinely cannot afford to instruct a lawyer and so, as part of the application process, applicants will be required to disclose information about their financial position and provide evidence in support thereof. 

For Law Firms and Lawyers

Volunteering with the QICDRC Pro Bono Service is beneficial not only to those who are in need of legal support but also to the legal profession as a whole. Providing advice and representation in relation to disputes, which fall within the jurisdiction of either the Qatar International Court or the QFC Regulatory Tribunal, can be a challenging and rewarding experience with a positive impact on both the professional development of individual lawyers and their firm’s relationship with the QFC community and those who interact with it. If you are interested in volunteering with the service, please email ProBono@qicdrc.gov.qa.

 

Current Volunteers

The QICDRC is grateful to the law firms and chambers currently volunteering with the service:

  • Al Marri & El Hage Law Office
  • Al Majd Law Firm
  • Al Sulaiti Law Firm
  • Al Thani Law Firm
  • Asmaa Ali Alquradaghi Law Firm
  • Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
  • Clyde & Co
  • Essa Al Sulaiti Law Firm
  • McNair Chambers LLC
  • Omani & Partners Law Firm LLP
  • Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners

We are also grateful to the College of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University whose students, with the kind permission of the Dean of the College of Law, provide research support to our volunteer lawyers where required.

Services

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    The Court’s independent judiciary is comprised of a civil and commercial court and a Regulatory Tribunal that specialises in regulatory appeals.

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    The Court administers swift, fair, cost-effective and enforceable judgements in line with global best practice, delivered by a distinguished panel of local and international judges.

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    The Court offers mediation services to individuals, businesses, and others, whether located in Qatar or abroad. This is a voluntary process involving an independent third party (‘the mediator’) who helps the parties reach an amicable settlement in respect to their dispute.

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    Through its supervisory arbitrational jurisdiction under Law No 2 of 2017 issuing the Arbitration Law in Civil and Commercial Matters, parties can elect the QICDRC as the “Competent Court” of arbitration to perform various functions in relation to interim measures, enforcement of awards and appeals.

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    eCourt, QICDRC’s innovative electronic case management system, offers globally-accessible virtual hearing capabilities and live-streaming services.

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