Thursday, 15 November 2018, Dubai, UAE

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2017 Programme

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?

Georges Affaki, Affaki Avocats


Paul Cowan, 4 New Square
Ana Atallah, Reed Smith
Sae Youn Kim, Yulchon
Adrian Chadwick, Hadef & Partners
Dany Khayat, Mayer Brown

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

Nadia Darwazeh, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
Essam Al Tamimi, Al Tamimi & Company

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

William Rowley QC, 20 Essex Street

Kim Rosenberg, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Jane Davies Evans, 3 Verulam Buildings
Caroline Kehoe, Herbert Smith Freehills
Gordon Blanke, DWF

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?

Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Jalal El Ahdab, Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent
Mohamed ElGhatit, OGH Legal

Amir Ghaffari, Vinson & Elkins
Yasmin Mohammad, Vannin Capital
Heather Nevin, Clyde & Co
Robert Stephen, Registrar, DIFC-LCIA

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 post-conference drinks reception

Dubai, United Arab Emirates