Thursday, 16 November 2017, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, UAE


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


Alec Emmerson

Clyde & Co


Habib Al Mulla

Baker McKenzie

Georges Affaki

Affaki Avocats

Gordon Blanke


Adrian Chadwick

Hadef & Partners

Paul Cowan

4 New Square

Jane Davies Evans

3 Verulam Buildings

Jalal El Ahdab

Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent

Caroline Kehoe

Herbert Smith Freehills

Yasmin Mohammad

Vannin Capital

Kim Rosenberg

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

William Rowley QC

20 Essex Street

Robert Stephen

Registrar, DIFC-LCIA

Paul Taylor

Reed Smith

Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof

Director General, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Sae Youn Kim


Karim Youssef

Youssef & Partners


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

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

9.45: Session one: IA and the impact of culture - how well are differences handled?

In international arbitration, where disputes often arise between parties from different legal backgrounds, how much importance should be placed on culture? Although arbitration aims to accommodate both legal and cultural differences of parties, how well does it actually do that, and what happens when it fails?

Our distinguished panel will explore situations where culture has played a significant role, and question whether more should be done to ensure that differences are addressed and accounted for.

Amongst other things, the panel are expected to discuss:

- How do cultural differences within a tribunal affect tribunal dynamics and decision-making?
- How important is it that tribunals have an understanding of these issues, and how can you assure that understanding is in place?
- What can be done to foster cultural diversity in international arbitration?

10.45: Coffee break hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

11.15: Session two: The GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of the popular Tylney Hall format

12.30: Networking lunch hosted by Clyde & Co

14.00: Lunchtime keynote address

Alec Emmerson, Clyde & Co introduced by Dr Habib Al Mulla (representing DIAC)

14.45: Session three: Projects in conflict zones

What challenges do projects in conflict zones raise for IA? Is IA well suited to these areas? From difficult legal questions to all sorts of procedural and logistical concerns, managing a dispute during a conflict is challenging for all involved, more so when one of the parties is a government entity. How is it done?

Problems that the panel are likely to explore include:

- What would we be expecting to see in the regional enforcement, given things in flux with Qatar?
- Do the standard protections found in BITs go far enough to protect investments in conflict zones?
- The problem of one country, two governments (e.g. Yemen - where two governments submitted and the tribunal had to decide which was allowed to make submissions)
- Force majeure claims
- How to get intelligence

15.45: Coffee break hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills

16.15: Session four: The GAR Live Inquisition - on confidentiality in International Arbitration

In a new format for GAR Live, this session will replicate a US senate committee hearing with a succession of witnesses being ‘grilled' by a panel of GAR Live inquisitors.

The session will focus on confidentiality - how relevant and important is it? Is it holding back the development of common law, and if it is, should parties care? Is it making some disputes more complex than they need to be? Do arbitrators flip-flop because the scrutiny of their work isn't great?

17.30: Chairs' closing remarks

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

17.45 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Dubai International Arbitration Centre

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