UAE to imprison biased arbitrators?

UAE to imprison biased arbitrators?

24 November 2016

A new law that says arbitrators who show bias can be punished by imprisonment could stall new cases and cause chaos to existing cases in the United Arab Emirates, practitioners have warned.

We lag behind on diversity, Ziadé warns

We lag behind on diversity, Ziadé warns

18 November 2016

International arbitration tribunals have diversified slower than many international courts and tribunals, argued the CEO of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, Nassib Ziadé, at GAR Live Dubai yesterday.

What else is going on in Dubai?

What else is going on in Dubai?

24 November 2016

While the amendment to the penal code allowing arbitrators to be imprisoned for bias dominated attention at GAR Live Dubai, the event also saw discussion of other recent developments in the emirate – including changes at arbitral institutions, a dodgy enforcement decision, shifting attitudes to third-party funding and a move towards arbitrating oil disputes.

GAR Live Dubai Lookback: the impact of culture – how well does IA handle differences?

GAR Live Dubai Lookback: the impact of culture – how well does IA handle differences?

13 November 2018

To what extent is international arbitration shaped by the culture of its participants, whether arbitrator, counsel or client? Are differences acknowledged and accommodated or swept under the carpet? Such questions were at the heart of the first session of GAR Live Dubai 2017.


Erin Miller Rankin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Erin is the Head of Construction - Middle East and Asia for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She advises on all aspects of complex construction and infrastructure projects in South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Erin has particular experience of projects in the power, oil & gas and transport sectors.

Erin also regularly advises on resolving engineering and construction-related disputes including the representation of clients in ad-hoc, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, ADCCAC and DIAC arbitration proceedings. Erin sits as an arbitrator on real estate and construction disputes.

Hassan Arab

Al Tamimi & Company

Hassan is a leading expert in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution, with particular expertise in cases relating to banking and intellectual property rights. He has spent his career building one of the strongest and most successful litigation teams in the Middle East.

Hassan is a DIAC Arbitrator and has been appointed a Member of the IBA’s Legal Practice Division Council and Council Liaison Officer to the Arab Regional Forum and he is a member of the Steering Committee of the ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration.


Habib Al Mulla

Baker & McKenzie

Lara Hammoud

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Mireille Rached

Mireille Rached Law Firm

Nagla Nassar

Nassar Law

Nassib Ziade

Dubai Chamber

Hassan Ali Radhi

Hassan Radhi & Associates

Noradèle Radjai


Celine Abi Habib Kanakri

Baker & McKenzie

Sheila L Shadmand

Jones Day

Mohamad ElGhatit

DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre

Mohamed S Abdel Wahab

Zulficar & Partners Law Firm

Sami Tannous

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tim Chelmick

4 New Square

Alec Emmerson

Clyde & Co

Caroline Kehoe

Herbert Smith Freehills

Karim A Youssef

Youssef & Partners

Sami Houerbi

International Court of Arbitration

Mark King

Harbour Litigation Funding

Björn Gehle

Reed Smith

Nasser Ali Khasawneh


Alain Farhad

Squire Patton Boggs

Melissa Quai Currie

Hadef & Partners


8.30: Networking breakfast and registration hosted by 4 New Square

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Erin Miller Rankin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hassan Arab, Al Tamimi & Company

9.15: Session one: The use of Guerrilla tactics in Middle Eastern arbitration

Touching on:

- What tactics are people using?
- What is the cause: lack of law, inconsistent law, issues in local courts?
- Are the problems in UAE the same as in Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain – and other seats, or unique to the UAE’s federal structure?
- To what extent do DIFC and Abu Dhabi Global Markets help? Does the UAE still need a federal arbitration law?

Mohamed ElGhatit, Director and Registrar, DIFC-LCIA

Björn Gehle, Reed Smith
Melissa Quai Currie, Hadef & Partners
Tim Chelmick, 4 New Square
Hassan Ali Radhi, Hassan Radhi & Associates
Celine Abi Habib Kanakri, Baker & McKenzie

10.45: Coffee break hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

11.15: Session two: GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of the famous Tylney Hall format.

Alec Emmerson, Clyde & Co
Caroline Kehoe, Herbert Smith Freehills

12.45: Networking lunch hosted by the Dubai International Arbitration Centre

13.30: Lunchtime address

Networking lunch welcome address:
Tarek Riad, Chairman, Dubai International Arbitration Centre Executive Committee and Kosheri, Rashed & Riad

Lunchtime speaker:
Nassib Ziadé, Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution

14.00: Session three: Oil and gas disputes in the region

Topics the panel are expected to discuss include:

- An overview of the types of disputes that typically arise in the oil and gas industry in the Middle East
- The evolving nature of energy disputes in the MENA region: Have things changed since the Abu Dhabi Arbitration 1951?
- The current context: impact of the low oil price on the oil and gas industry in the Middle East
- Territorial / political disputes over oil and gas supplies in the Middle East
- End of life issues under Production Sharing Contracts
- Benefits of third party funding for claimants and their lawyers in oil and gas disputes

Noradèle Radjai, Lalive

Sami Tannous, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Mark King, Director, Harbour Litigation Funding
Nasser Ali Khasawneh, Eversheds

15.30: Coffee break hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

16.00: Session four: GAR Live debate  

Motion: “This house believes that disputes between Arabs should be decided only by Arabs.”

Alain Farhad, Squire Patton Boggs

Karim Youssef, Youssef & Partners
Sheila Shadmand, Jones Day
Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Zulficar & Partners
Mireille Rached, Rached Law Firm

Nagla Nassar, Nassar Law
Habib Al Mulla, Baker & McKenzie and Chairman, Dubai International Arbitration Centre
Sami Houerbi, Director, ICC International Court of Arbitration

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Erin Miller Rankin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hassan Arab, Al Tamimi & Company

17.40 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception hosted by Clyde & Co at the No 5 Bar, Ritz-Carlton DIFC



DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, Ground Level, Building 4, The Gate District, Dubai International Financial Centre Dubai, P.O. Box 211724, United Arab Emirates


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