Tuesday, 28 January 2020, Abu Dhabi Global Market Building

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Lara Hammoud

Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Arbitrator

Lara Hammoud has been practicing international arbitration for seventeen years. She is currently a Senior Legal Counsel in the Disputes Department of the Legal and Compliance Unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). She also acts as arbitrator in cases under the auspices of leading international and regional arbitration institutions. Lara is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She is the writer and editor of numerous articles and books relating to international arbitration and also regularly appears as speaker in international conferences and arbitration workshops.

Alec Emmerson

Independent Arbitrator

Alec Emmerson is a well-known international arbitrator based in Dubai with particular experience in the Middle East and Asia.

He was a disputes lawyer with Clyde & Co from 1977 until the end of 2017. He worked in Guildford, London, Hong Kong (1984 to 1996) and Dubai (1999 to 2017).  As party counsel Alec handled hundreds of institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in many different jurisdictions. Since retiring early as a partner and becoming a consultant in 2008 he has sat as a sole or co-arbitrator or chair in close to 150 arbitrations across a wide range of commercial sectors and jurisdictions including in London & Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia. 

Since 1 January 2018 he has worked as a full-time arbitrator and mediator with ADR Management Consultancies.

He is a member of the LCIA Court and a Trustee and Chief Executive of DIFC Arbitration Institute.

Alec has been listed as a leading arbitrator by GAR since 2009 and is platinum ranked by Newton Arbitration where he is called the ‘Dean of Arbitration’.


Nadine Debbas Achkar

Independent Arbitrator

Alex Bevan

Shearman & Sterling

Sana Belaïd

Senior Legal Counsel, Cisco, Dubai Member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC

Michael Black QC

XXIV Old Buildings

Akram Abu El Huda

General Counsel and Director of Compliance, CICON

Amani Khalifa

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Charles Lilley

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Brandon Malone

Brandon Malone & Company

Robert Stephen

Registrar DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre

Tim Taylor QC

King & Wood Mallesons


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator
Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Arbitrator

9.40: Session one: Technology and international arbitration

Our esteemed panelists will discuss the latest in international arbitration and technology, including:

  • Artificial intelligence;
  • How recent developments in arbitration will affect the future of international arbitration.

10.55: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: Procedural challenges in international arbitration

In this session our panelists will identify the procedural challenges that cause lengthy and costly arbitration proceedings as well as the tools available (or not) to address them. Drawing from specific scenarios that they have come across in their respective experiences.

 Questions that are expected to be addressed include:

  • The impact of soft law on international arbitration proceedings;
  • The future of international arbitration;
  • The role of arbitrators, parties, institutions and governments in improving efficiency in arbitration;
  • Does international arbitration require innovation?
  • The limits of party autonomy;
  • Differences between common law and civil law and impact on proceedings.

12.45: Networking lunch

14.00: Session three: Insurance and international arbitration

Our esteemed panellists will focus on insurance and reinsurance disputes, and particularly the causes of disputes, their common features, the industries in which they mainly arise and the best methods for their resolution.

Points expected to be discussed are:

  • Is ADR for insurance and reinsurance disputes helpful?
  • Damages and quantum, how are they assessed?
  • To what extend can insurers be guarantors;
  • Insurers pursuing subrogated claims (how this differs in the region from common law jurisdictions);
  • Insurers providing bonds and guarantees
  • Policy holder disputes. How have things changed since the UAE’s Federal Arbitration Law 2018 and the Insurance Authority’s Committees for the Settlement and resolution of Disputes?

15.15: Coffee break

15.45: Session four: The GAR Live Debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against a motion. A panel of judges will then voice their opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: "This house believes that the erosion of arbitral immunity is to invite the guerrilla into the room.” 

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator
Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company


Abu Dhabi Global Market Building, ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


  • "Brilliant, new topics, various speakers who have different epxeriences" Seif Hijazi, Borouge

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £500  20 Dec 2019
Early £600 17 Jan 2020
Standard £700 28 Jan 2020


In-House Counsel/ Government Representatives 
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