On March 26th 2017, the Law and Politics Department of Middlesex University Dubai held a CLPD-accredited EU and UAE Conference on the Rule of Law and Arbitration. The event was supported by the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union via the Jean Monnet Chair awarded to Prof Laurent Pech (Head of Department, Law and Politics Middlesex University London).
The conference, coordinated by Dr Tenia Kyriazi and Dr Daphne Demetriou, was attended by academics, legal practitioners and students from the UAE and Europe.
Distinguished legal professionals and leading academics from the EU and the region participated as keynote speakers and panelists. The event began with keynote speeches from His Excellency Patrizio Fondi, Head of the EU Delegation to the UAE, Mr David Gallo, Director of the Academy of Law DIFC, Mr Alec Emmerson, Chief Executive of the DIFC Arbitration Institute, and Ms Maali Khader, Principal Case Manager at the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre.
The conference was then divided into two panel discussions. The first panel focused on the rule of law. Professor Laurent Pech, Head of Law and Politics at Middlesex University London, Ms Justine Stefanelli, of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and Professor Joshua Castellino, Dean of the School of Law at Middlesex University London, explored the implementation of the rule of law at European and international level.
The afternoon panel focused on international arbitration from practitioners’ perspective. Mr Lughaidh Kerin and Dr Anthony Cullen of Middlesex University London discussed the EU legal framework on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the context of consumer disputes. Ms Jasamin Fichte, Founder and Managing Partner at Fichte & Co spoke about the implications of the establishment of the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre for legal practitioners in the region. Ms Laila El Shentenawi, Senior Associate at Al Tamimi & Co, presented challenges and opportunities for women in arbitration, followed by Mr Alan Henderson, Senior Associate at Clyde & Co, who looked at the authority to agree arbitration under UAE law. The session was concluded by Ms Sarah Malik, Counsel at Taylor Wessing, who presented recent developments in the enforcement of arbitral awards in the DIFC and Dubai Courts.
Both panels sparked extensive discussions between the speakers and the participants. At the conclusion of the conference, all attendees provided very positive feedback on the organisation of the event, the high caliber of the speakers and the information they gained from it.