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Implementing Legislation

Emiri Decree N. 79 of 2020 dated 7 October 2020 concerns the ratification of the Singapore Convention on Mediation.

Procedure for Enforcing International Mediated Settlement Agreements

“Qatar Law No. 20/2021 on the Issuance of the Law on Mediation in the Settlement of Civil and Commercial Disputes (the “Mediation Law”) was issued on 4 November 2021. The Mediation Law governs and regulates mediation agreements and mediation proceedings.

Pursuant to Article 24 of the Mediation Law, the settlement agreement is to be in writing and prepared by the mediator within seven (7) days of reaching settlement of the dispute. The settlement agreement must identify the parties, the mediator(s) and any appointed experts, a dispute summary and a detailed statement of the terms agreed between the parties. For the enforcement of the settlement agreement, it must be signed by the parties and the mediator(s). Article 25 of the Mediation Law also requires the mediator to deposit the original version of both the settlement agreement and the agreement for appointing the mediator and the mediator’s approval of the task assigned with the office of the court clerk.”

Other National Mediation Laws

A related piece of legislation pending approval is a draft law establishing an Investment and Trade Court. This will cover the formation of the court, its primary and appeals structure, and its jurisdiction, including provisions for certain types of mediation.

Qatar’s Law No. 2 of 2017 promulgating the Civil and Commercial Arbitration Law (“Arbitration Law”) permits parties to end arbitration proceedings and request that the arbitral tribunal record a settlement and its terms in the form of a consent award (art 30.1 Arbitration Law)

The Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court Regulations and Procedural Rules (“QFC Court Regulations and Procedural Rules”) provide for alternative dispute resolution such as mediation (art 5.1 QFC Court rules).

  • Assistance can be provided by the court to parties that request mediation (art. 25.2 QFC Court Rules).
  • The court may also order a stay of proceedings for the parties to settle their differences through mediation (art. 25.1 QFC Court Rules).

Mediation Rules issued by the ADR bodies in Qatar

The Conciliation/Mediation Rules of the Qatar International Center of Conciliation and Arbitration (“QICCA Conciliation Rules”) were issued in 2012. A revised set of rules which takes into consideration the application of the Singapore Convention is set to be issued in 2021.

Mediation Rules issued by the dispute resolution facility of the Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court were released in 2021.

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Contributor: Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA)