We are delighted to return to Dubai once again this November for the 4th edition of GAR Live Dubai.

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Erin Miller Rankin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hassan Arab

Al Tamimi & Company

Past Programme - 2016

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



Dubai, United Arab Emirates


  • Engaging, detailed discussion of key themes of the year in this growing community of arbitrators – Paul Fisher, 4 New Square 

Ticket prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £950 6 October 2017
Early £1,150 3 November 2017
Standard £1,400 16 November 2017


Complimentary in-house/governmental registration available