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Posted On: 7 March 2010 11:22 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Key role seen for Qatar and Bahrain

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The Right Honourable Lord Woolf of Barnes and president of the QFC Civil and Commercial Court recently visited Bahrain, where he highlighted the role the kingdom can play with Qatar in establishing the GCC as a leading centre for “alternative dispute resolution”. During the visit Lord Woolf met with the Bahraini Minister of Justice Sheikh Khaled bin Ali al-Khalifa and members of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA) management team and briefed them on legal developments in Qatar. Qatar has established itself as the leading country for commercial arbitration and mediation in the Gulf region with the QFC Commercial and Civil Courts offering legal services of the highest international standards as foreign investment in Qatar is set to grow. The Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court and the Centre forEffective Dispute Resolution announced on January 10 of a joint initiative offering courses in mediator skills training. The first class of mediators has since graduated. The BCDR-AAA opened its doors for business the following day as an alternative dispute resolution centre offering statutory arbitration under section one of its decrees. Bahrain is the first country to offer an arbitration “free zone”. Lord Woolf said: “I am very much impressed by the openness and warmth with which I have been received by the BCDR-AAA. The chamber’s plans are very exciting and reflect forward looking approaches to dispute resolution. “The two-part approach (statutory arbitration and the arbitration ‘free zone’) is both sensible and constructive and I would expect that the initiative will be very successful. The BCDR-AAA has a very long future, which will be most important for Bahrain in particular and in the region in general. “I hope that there is going to be close co-operation between the QFC Civil and Commercial Court and ADR Centre in Doha and the BCDR-AAA because both in their respected ways are determined to assist those who seek help to resolve their disputes expeditiously, fairly and in a most straight forward manner.” Sheikha Haya bint Rashid al-Khalifa, BCDR-AAA chair, said: “We are honoured to have received Lord Woolf at the BCDR-AAA. He is an eminent legal figure of the highest order.”