Last week, the International Chamber of Commerce Qatar (ICC Qatar), in collaboration with international law firm ‘Crowell & Moring LLP’, organized an interactive panel discussion that explored the latest trends in international arbitration.
Held at Qatar Chamber’s headquarters and titled ‘Trending Topics in International Arbitration,’ the panel delved into pressing issues which all parties must address from the outset of any dispute and navigate throughout the proceedings. During the event, participants received valuable insights into the latest trends in international arbitration, with a focus on emergency procedures, enforceability matters, third-party funding, confidentiality in arbitration proceedings, and appeals of arbitration awards.
Arbitration stands as the leading dispute resolution procedure for resolving international disputes. As the global economy continues to recover from the repercussions of the
COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent disruption to international supply chains, and in light of rapidly-evolving geopolitical developments, cross-border disputes are likely to rise significantly, creating a need for specialized arbitration expertise.
The event was moderated by Mr. Laurence Winston, Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP London, where the panel comprised Mr. Edward Norman, Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP London, Mrs. Myriam Eid, Head of the Arbitration & Construction Practice at Al Marri & El Hage Law Offices, Dr. Ghada M. Darwish Karbon, Founder and Managing Partner of Dr. Ghada M. Darwish Karbon Law Firm, and Mr. Ahmed Durrani, Managing Associate at Sultan Al Abdulla & Partners Law Firm.
Charbel Maakaron, Managing Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP Doha and Chairman of ICC Qatar’s Arbitration and ADR Commission, commented, “We are proud to collaborate with ICC Qatar in its efforts to promote Qatar as an arbitration hub for cutting-edge legal expertise and solutions in international arbitration. The event provided a platform to share strategic insights from prominent legal experts from Qatar and the UK, by covering a range of trending topics in international arbitration, as well as sharing ideas on overcoming the unique challenges of today’s disputes.”
Laurence Winston, Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP London, said: “In the realm of International Arbitration, the dynamic landscape of cross-border disputes demands constant adaptation. Our discussion shed light on the evolving trends and challenges in this field, providing a valuable compass for those navigating the intricate waters of global dispute resolution.”
He also highlighted: “As businesses increasingly view International Arbitration as the preferred way to settle disputes, it is crucial that relevant parties are kept fully informed with evolving key elements of a proceeding including third party funding options, the distinction between confidentiality and privacy, emergency procedures mechanisms, and potential avenues of arbitration appeals.”
Dr Ghada M. Darwish Karbon, Founder and Managing Partner of Dr Ghada M. Darwish Karbon Law Firm, said: ‘We are pleased to be part of this beneficial seminar which deliberated upon the latest trends and practices of arbitration as a crucial means of dispute settlement’.
She emphasized that exploring the latest trends of arbitration is not just a professional necessity; it’s a commitment to paving the way for equitable and efficient dispute resolution in a rapidly evolving legal landscape.