A delegation from the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) has taken part in the Annual Conference of the International Bar Association (IBA) as gold sponsor. This year’s conference took place at the Roma Convention Centre in Rome, Italy.
The 2018 conference, which finished at the weekend, was attended by over 6,000 judges, lawyers and other legal professionals who congregated to attend sessions on a wide variety of legal issues concerning anti-corruption, arbitration, construction, crime, health, human rights, environment, financial services, insolvency, intellectual property, international trade and customs, litigation, mediation, media, mining, oil and gas, technology, and transportation.
Earlier in the week, a seminar was held by the QICDRC titled ‘eJustice in the Age of the International Court’ which was attended by a variety of IBA delegates. During the seminar in which the CEO of the QICDRC, Mr. Faisal Al-Sahouti gave introductory remarks, the topics discussed focused on technology, arbitration and access to justice in the modern age.
As part of the QICDRC’s attendance at the conference, Mr. Faisal Al-Sahouti also took part in a panel discussion facilitated by the IBA Litigation Committee titled ‘The art of witness examination’. Al-Sahouti commented: “The panel has shared valuable insights on the role and conduct of witnesses in civil and common law countries and has given some useful tips to lawyers on how to conduct the examination of witnesses at the trial stage.”
Another highlight of the week was the Arab Regional Forum Lunch which had (as its exclusive sponsor) the QICDRC. The sold-out lunch, which had as one of its guests the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, provided a welcome opportunity for dialogue between legal professionals from various Middle Eastern countries as well those from the international legal and business community who conduct business in the Middle East.
Christopher Grout, Registrar of the QICDRC, observed: “The 2018 Annual Conference has been a huge success. As is customary with IBA events such as this, the opportunity for free-flowing dialogue among legal professionals and others on a wide range of topics is extremely valuable. The sharing of knowledge and experience from multiple jurisdictions affords everyone an opportunity to reflect and discuss how to protect and further strengthen the rule of law not only in their home jurisdictions but worldwide.”