2017 Judging Panel

Dr Mohammed Al Khulaifi
Dean of The College of Law
Qatar University

Dr. Mohammed A. Al Khulaifi is the Dean of the College of Law (Qatar University) and serves as Assistant professor of Commercial Law in the same University. Dr. Mohammed A. Al-Khulaifi is also a lawyer at Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi Law Office (since 2011), a Legal Consultant at Qatar Financial Center Regulatory Authority (since 2012) and a Visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon- Qatar (since 2013). Dr. Al-Khulaifi‘s legal researches mainly focus on Business Law (See for example: “Banking Secrecy in light of the Qatari Law”: Journal of Sharia & Law, University of United Arab Emirates, 2014; “Acquisition of Commercial Companies: Comparative study between Qatari and Australian laws”: Legal and Judicial Studies Journal, Ministry of Justice, Doha – Qatar, 2014). Dr. Al-Khulaifi received HH The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s Award at the Education Excellence Day (PhD Category) and a fellowship from the Institute of International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University – Qatar for the academic year (2013-2014).

Jason Taylor
ACC Middle East - Qatar Branch
Senior Legal & Compliance Counsel

Jason Taylor is a Senior Corporate and Commercial lawyer with over 16 years of experience in private practice and in-house, advising on general corporate, commercial and finance matters, mainly in the oil and gas, mining and petrochemicals sectors.
Jason Taylor has worked in the U.K., the U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Japan and Qatar.
Mr Taylor is the Director of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East – Qatar branch.

Rowan McBrien
General Counsel
Total E&P Qatar

Rowan McBrien studied and trained in the United Kingdom, and joined Total in 2012. He has a wealth of commercial and legal experience, having held various positions in both private practice and in-house, particularly in Russia and also in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. In September 2016 he was appointed as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Total’s affiliate in Qatar, where he is also a member of the board and various other internal committees.

Zahid Ali
Associate General Counsel
Qatar Foundation

Zahid Ali is an English qualified solicitor with over 15 years’ professional work experience as a transactional lawyer advising clients, both as an external legal advisor as well as in-house counsel, on all aspects on the development, negotiation and administration of a broad spectrum of commercial agreements, including dispute resolution. He currently serves as Associate General Counsel at Qatar Foundation, where he provides proactive and authoritative legal advice and support covering a wide and diverse range of activities and transactions of the foundation, from day-to-day operational matters to capital and strategic projects.

Rizal Kahar Bador
Assistant General Counsel
Qatar Foundation

Rizal Kahar Bador has over 14 years’ professional work experience both as in-house and private legal practice covering corporate, commercial, information technology and intellectual property matters. He currently serves as Assistant General Counsel at Qatar Foundation, where he manages a team of counsels and provides legal advice on procurement, higher education and research funding and development to its various stakeholders. Rizal Bador holds a degree in law from Oxford University, MBA from Warwick Business School and was called to the Bar of England and Wales.

Dr Damilola Olawuyi
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Damilola S. Olawuyi is an associate professor of petroleum, energy and environmental law at the HBKU Law School, Qatar, and chancellor’s fellow at the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (OGEES Institute), Nigeria. A prolific and highly regarded scholar, Dr. Olawuyi has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, books, and reports on climate finance, energy infrastructure, and extractive resource governance. His most recent publication is “The Human Rights-Based Approach to Carbon Finance” (Cambridge University Press 2016). Dr. Olawuyi was formerly an international energy lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Calgary, where he served on the firm’s global committee on extractive resource investments in Africa. He has lectured on energy and environmental law in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Dr. Olawuyi has been admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in Alberta, Canada; Ontario, Canada; and Nigeria. He serves on the executive committees and boards of several organizations.

Dr Clinton Francis
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Professor Francis is the Founding Dean of HBKU’s Law School. During this post he retains his tenure at Northwestern University School of Law, where he has been on the faculty since 1978. Professor Francis obtained his initial legal training in New Zealand, where he completed LLB and LLM degrees and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the New Zealand Supreme Court. After teaching at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Professor Francis completed a Doctorate in Law (SJD) at the University of Virginia School of Law, with fellowships from the Fulbright and DuPont Foundations. He came to Northwestern from University of California Berkeley School of Law, where he taught as an associate. Since joining the Northwestern University School of Law faculty in 1978, Professor Francis has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and has served on and chaired a variety of University and Law School committees. He has taught courses together with Kellogg School of Management, participates in executive training programs and regularly teaches in Seoul, South Korea. He has served on the boards of several corporations and undertakes select professional consulting assignments.

Christopher Grout

Christopher Grout has been the Registrar of the QICDRC since 2012. As Registrar of both the Qatar International Court and the QFC Regulatory Tribunal, he is in charge of the Registry which is responsible for the case management of cases before the two bodies. As Registrar, he will give procedural guidance to parties to proceedings as well as give directions in relation to the progression and management of active cases. He will also, where required by the judges, make costs assessments following the nclusion of a case. In addition, Christopher is a member of the QICDRC’s senior management team and of the Judicial Advisory Board. He holds an LL.B degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he worked for the Ministry of Justice at the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in the Royal Courts of Justice, London. In 2009, he joined 15 New Bridge Street, the Chambers of David Aaronberg QC, where he specialised as a criminal defence barrister appearing in the Magistrates Courts, Youth Courts, Crown Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Farouk Yala
Legal counsel
Qatar Petroleum

Farouk Yala is a French qualified barrister with 14+ of experience encompassing 7 years spent in the private practice in France (Avocat à la Cour, barreaux des Hauts-de-Seine and Paris), and 7 years as in-house counsel in the Oil & Gas industry, holding several positions, first with a major US oilfield service company based successively in Tripoli (Libya) and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). Mr Yala is currently legal counsel with Qatar Petroleum, the national oil company of the Emirate of Qatar. He holds a JD and LLM from the University of Pantheon-Assas Paris 2 School of Law.

Francis Botchway
Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution
College of Law, Qatar University

Francis Botchway is the Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Qatar University, College of Law. He served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies from 2011-2016. He obtained law degrees from Ghana, Canada, the U.S. and the UK. He teaches and researches in International Investment Law, International Law, Anglo-American Legal Systems, and Arbitration and Negotiations.  He has also taught at the University of Warwick Law School and Hull University in the UK. Formerly, he was Adjunct Professor at Leuven University in Belgium, Warwick, and Visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. He is a Consultant on TradeLab, providing legal services to governments, NGOs and businesses. He is consulted by law firms in the UK and the US on litigation and arbitration matters. He has published books and articles in leading International journals in Europe, United States, Australia and Africa. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Journal of Comparative Law. His latest edited book is entitled Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development. His forthcoming book is on Defenses in International Investment Law, to be published by Routledge, UK.