Posted on October 03, 2018

The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (‘QICDRC’) has participated in the second meeting of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts (‘SIFoCC’) which took place in New York last week.

Convening at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthourse in Manhattan, the SIFoCC comprised over 100 attendees representing around 30 different jurisdictions including judicial representatives from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and North America and the Caribbean.

Following on from the success of the inaugural SIFoCC event, which took place in London last year, this year’s event focussed on the important topics of enforcement, the role and value of specialist commercial courts, case management, technology in the courts, litigation funding by third parties and issues relating to arbitration. One of the most important outputs of the event was a production of a draft multilateral memorandum on enforcement of commercial judgments for money- something which SIFoCC members have vowed to review and refine in the coming months.

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The QICDRC delegation comprised Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers (President), Faisal Al Sahouti (CEO) and Christopher Grout (Registrar). The Registrar provided SIFoCC attendees with an overview in relation to how technogical advancements in the QICDRC has improved access to justice for litigants and other court-users. The SIFoCC has undertaken to continue working on a number of key issues- primarily relating to enforcement and case management- in preparation for the third SIFoCC meeting which is due to take place in Singapore in 2019.