The International Chamber of Commerce Qatar (ICC Qatar), in collaboration with international law firm Crowell & Moring LLP, recently organised an interactive panel discussion that explored the latest trends in international arbitration.

Held at the Qatar Chamber headquarters, the panel delved into pressing issues which all parties must address from the outset of any dispute and navigate throughout the proceedings. Participants received valuable insights into the latest trends in international arbitration, focused 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, cross-border disputes are likely to rise significantly, creating a need for specialised arbitration expertise.

The event was moderated by Laurence Winston, a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP London.

Sharing of strategic insights, legal expertise

According to Charbel Maakaron, Managing Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP Doha and chairman of ICC Qatar Arbitration and ADR Commission, they are proud to collaborate with ICC Qatar to promote the country as an arbitration hub for cutting-edge legal expertise and solutions in international arbitration.

He said that the event provided a platform to share strategic insights from prominent legal experts from Qatar and the UK, covering a range of trending topics in international arbitration, and sharing ideas on overcoming the unique challenges of today’s disputes.

Laurence Winston, another partner at Crowell & Moring LLP London, said that in the realm of international arbitration, the dynamic landscape of cross-border disputes demands constant adaptation. He said that the discussion shed light on the evolving trends and challenges in the field, providing a valuable compass for those navigating the intricate waters of global dispute resolution.

Winston also highlighted that relevant parties must be kept fully informed of the evolving key elements of a proceeding including third-party funding options, the distinction between confidentiality and privacy, emergency procedure 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 they are pleased to be part of the seminar. She said that exploring the latest trends of arbitration is not just a professional necessity but a commitment to equitable and efficient dispute resolution in a rapidly evolving legal landscape.

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