Ms. Barbara Dohmann QC is Chairman of the AIFC International Arbitration Centre. She has been one of the UK’s leading commercial barristers and an international arbitrator for many years.
She has been appointed as arbitrator at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), at the London Metal Exchange (where she is an Arbitration and Arbitration Appeals Panel member), at the Paris International Chamber of Commerce, and at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. She is a CEDR accredited Mediator. She began practice at the Bar of England and Wales in 1973 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987.
She was a Judge at the Qatar Financial Centre International Court from 2007 to 2017, a Deputy High Court Judge from 1994 to 2002, and a Recorder from 1987 to 2001. She was Leader of the European Circuit from 2014 to 2016 and Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association from 1999 to 2001. Ms. Barbara Dohmann QC is a member of the Special Committee of the London Metal Exchange, of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, of the Learned Society for International Procedure Law and of the Deutscher Anwaltsverein.
She has extensive experience of appearing before foreign courts in very large commercial disputes, including in Bermuda, Gibraltar, Singapore, Brunei, Grand Cayman, the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands. She is a member of the British Virgin Islands Bar. She has given expert evidence on English law to courts in the USA, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria and Dubai.
She was educated at the Universities of Mainz, Germany, and of Paris (Sorbonne), and at the Inns of Court School of Law in London.
Mr. Campbell-Holt is the Registrar and Chief Executive of the IAC. He reports to the Chairman of the IAC and is responsible for the day to day management and administration of the IAC and case management of arbitrations and mediations before the IAC as provided in the IAC Arbitration and Mediation Rules. He is a member of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council, which reviews and approves AIFC law. He is also a member of the AIFC Academic Council, which advises the training body of the AIFC, the AIFC Bureau for Continuing Professional Development.
He has many years of legal experience gained while living and working in the UK, US, Middle East, and Eurasia. He managed the establishment of the AIFC Court and IAC and was a member of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council that reviewed and approved the initial AIFC common law.
He was the Registrar at an international financial centre commercial court and alternative dispute resolution centre in Qatar under the Presidency of Lord Woolf, the first President of that Court and the first Chief Justice of the AIFC Court. Prior to that, he worked at the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, in London, UK, and was a member of the Secretariat of the Committee that reviewed BAE Systems Plc following high profile corruption allegations and published its Report in 2008. He was later a Legal Consultant at a regional law firm in the Middle East that was strategically partnered with the US international law firm, Covington & Burling LLP, and practiced broad international commercial law and dispute resolution.
He has been a founding member of many international law institutions and dispute resolution practice groups, including as a founding member and Advisory Board member of the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London.
He has been a visiting and guest lecturer at universities in the UK and Middle East and has lectured extensively on international dispute resolution and business ethics and anti-corruption law. He leads the development of legal, judicial, and alternative dispute resolution education in the AIFC.
He has published widely including in legal practitioner journals and as the author of chapters on corporate insolvency for a leading Company Law publication, Gore-Browne on Companies(Jordans, 2007-2010 eds.). He was the Editor of The Pursuit of Justice (OUP, 2008) and Assistant Editor of Current Legal Problems (2005-2010 eds.).
He was educated at University College London, where he graduated with an LLB in Law in 2003. He is admitted as a member of the Bar of New York State and is a CEDR accredited mediator.