Enforcement of arbitral awards in Qatar
Produced in partnership with Matthew Walker (Partner) and Leanie van de Merwe (Associate) of K&L Gates Doha, Qatar
Enforcement of arbitral awards in Qatar

The following Arbitration practice note Produced in partnership with Matthew Walker (Partner) and Leanie van de Merwe (Associate) of K&L Gates Doha, Qatar provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Enforcement of arbitral awards in Qatar
  • An introduction to enforcement of awards in Qatar
  • The distinction between enforcing domestic and foreign awards
  • Enforcement of awards in Qatar
  • Challenges to enforcement of awards in Qatar
  • General comments on the role of arbitration in Qatar

An introduction to enforcement of awards in Qatar

Qatar’s law on arbitration is governed by two pieces of legislation. Qatar’s signature of the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the New York Convention) was endorsed by Emiri decree no. 29 of 2003, making the New York Convention part of the canon of Qatar law.

Domestic and international arbitration are also governed on a local level by Law No 2 of 2017 Promulgating the Civil and Commercial Arbitration Law (the Arbitration Law). This positive step was taken in recognition of the need to update Qatar’s arbitration legislation to bring it in line with modern day practices. As a Member State, Qatar is bound by the provisions of the New York Convention. In accordance with Articles II and III, Qatar is obliged to recognise a written arbitration agreement and to recognise arbitral awards as binding and enforce them in accordance with its domestic rules of procedure under the conditions set out in the New York Convention.

While Qatar is bound by these provisions, the practical aspects of recognising and enforcing foreign arbitral awards in Qatar has undertaken something of an evolutionary process. This Practice Note will analyse some of the case law relating to the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards to provide an overview of the way in which the Qatari Courts have

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