On May 7th 2017, the Law and Politics Department of Middlesex University Dubai, in collaboration with Al Tamimi & Co, organised a CLPD-accredited breakfast seminar on ‘The Impact of Culture on International Arbitration’. The seminar, coordinated by Dr Tenia Kyriazi and Dr Daphne Demetriou, was attended by distinguished legal practitioners and Middlesex University Dubai law students and faculty.
The event aimed at providing participants with a better understanding on how culture can affect the fairness, efficiency and legitimacy of international arbitration. The seminar began with a guest lecture delivered by Professor Won L. Kidane, Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law and one of the most eminent US scholars specialising in international arbitration. Professor Kidane gave a presentation on how cultural miscommunication affects commercial and investment arbitration. This was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Dr Tenia Kyriazi. The panelists were Professor Won L. Kidane, Mr Thomas Snider, Head of Arbitration at Al Tamimi & Co, and Ms Laila El Shentenawi, Senior Associate at Al Tamimi & Co.
The panel discussion sparked extensive discussions between the panellists and the participants making this a highly interactive and interesting session. Participants shared their own experiences as arbitrators, legal practitioners and academics on the impact of culture and diversity on arbitration, and discussed possible steps to enhance diversity, whilst ensuring the fairness and efficiency of proceedings.
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