Qatar opens international dispute resolution centre

December 15, 2010 Qatar’s prime minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani has officially opened a civil and commercial court and regulatory tribunal for the Qatar financial centre.

The court, which is the final element in Qatar's plan to build a world-class international financial centre, aims to resolve disputes within the financial centre and the Qatari business community, and is now set to become an international commercial dispute resolution centre.

The court is headed by the former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf and the bench includes a number of other UK judges, such as Lord Cullen, Sir Peter Gibson, Sir Philip Otton, and Barbara Dohmann. The regulatory tribunal is chaired by Sir William Blair.

The court is operating under "international common law", which allows the judges to draw from precedents across the common law world.

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