International Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

  • Location: Park Hyatt, Dubai
  • Date: 15/04/2013 - 17/04/2013
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: Arabic and English

ICC's first annual conference on International Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Dubai 15-17 April 2013


Taking place in Arabic and English, this first annual conference is a “must attend” for arbitration professionals who want to keep up to date on the latest arbitration developments in the MENA region. The conference will offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network.

Who should attend?  

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Corporate counsel
  • Business professionals
  • Academics
  • Others coming from or doing business in the MENA region

The ICC International Court of Arbitration

The ICC International Court of Arbitration is widely recognized as the world’s leading institution for resolving international commercial disputes.

There are no restrictions as to who can use ICC Arbitration or who can act as arbitrators. This is reflected in the increasing number of nationalities represented. Since its inception, the Court has administered more than 19,000 cases involving parties and arbitrators from some 180 countries. In 2012 almost 760 cases were filed with the ICC Court. Approximately 10% of the parties involved in those cases came from the Middle East and North Africa.

Today, the Court is at the leading edge of change. It continuously seeks to improve efficiency, control time and costs, and aid enforcement and confidentiality by introducing innovative new arbitration tools and procedures. Established in 1923 as ICC’s arbitration body, the International Court of Arbitration celebrates this year its 90th anniversary.


Monday 15 April 2013

18.00 - 20.00 Welcome reception

Tuesday 16 April 2013

08.00 - 09.00 Registration

MORNING (09.00-13.00)

  • Opening Key Note Speech
  • ICC arbitration in the MENA region: any influence of the Arab spring two years on? The panel will relate ICC experience in cases involving MENA parties and assess current attitudes to international arbitration. The panel will also review state court decisions from the MENA region concerning ICC awards. Discussion
  • UAE Court’s case law on arbitration: Presentation of the ICC Book on UAE Court’s case law on arbitration by the co-chairs of the Task force of ICC UAE.
  • The changing and challenging perceptions to having the MENA as a seat of arbitration: The speakers will consider the current status of different arbitral seats, focusing on the two leading regional sites, Cairo and Dubai. The session will also consider the trend of the offshore arbitration centers.

Lunch (13.00-14.30)

AFTERNOON (14.30-16.00)

  • Arbitrating construction disputes in the MENA region: One of the leading sectors for ICC arbitration is the construction industry. This panel will consider whether there are any specificities related to construction arbitration in the MENA region. Furthermore, the panel will also examine whether other dispute resolution mechanisms, such as standing panels as provided for under the ICC Dispute Board Rules, can respond to the specific nature of large construction disputes. Discussion

Dinner (20.00)

Wednesday 17 April 2013

08.00-08.45 Optional – Breakfast talk on ICC ADR and Expertise

MORNING (09.00-13.00)

  • The interplay between different legal systems in international arbitration: clash or harmony? The session will discuss the role of the legal systems – civil law, common law, sharia – at every stage of the arbitral proceedings in the MENA region. It will tackle the issue of the influence of the legal system at the preliminary stage of the procedure, during the proceedings before the Arbitral Tribunal and at the enforcement stage.Discussion
  • State contracts and international arbitration in the MENA region: An increase of the number of cases involving state entities coming from the MENA region has been observed lately, and more specifically since the Arab Spring. This panel will focus on the notion of state contract, state immunity from execution and the attitude of the MENA courts towards arbitration involving state entities. It will also discuss the work of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration involving States and State Entities and the recent ICC publication.

Lunch (13.00-14.30)

AFTERNOON (14.30-16.30)

  • Mock Court Session: Arbitrators’ ethics from the ICC Court’s standpoint: The ethical principles governing arbitrators’ duties of disclosure, impartiality and independence are often put to test by the combination of cultural and legal traditions present in MENA cases. The ICC Court is often faced with these issues when deciding upon challenges filed against arbitrators. This panel will feature a mock Plenary Session of the ICC Court illustrating to the audience how these issues are analyzed and resolved.Discussion
  • Conclusion


  • Habib Al Mulla, Founder and Executive Chairman, Habib Al Mulla & Company, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Associate Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Khalid Abdulaziz Alnowaiser, Founder & Senior Partner, Dr. Khalid Alnowaiser & Partners, Saudi Arabia; Alternate Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Essam Al Tamimi, Senior Partner, Al Tamimi & Company, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Hassan Arab, Deputy Managing Partner & Regional Head of Litigation, Al Tamimi & Company, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • John Beechey, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Andrea Carlevaris, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Mohammed Chemloul, Partner, Chemloul & Associés, Algeria ; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration ; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Nayla Comair-Obeid, Senior Partner, Obeid Law Firm, Lebanon; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Jalal El Ahdab, Partner, Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent, France; Admitted to practice in France, Lebanon and USA (NY); Associate Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Ahmed El-Kosheri, Senior Partner, Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law firm, Egypt; former Vice-President, ICC Internatioanl Court of Arbitration
  • Hamza Haddad, Founder & Manager, Law and Arbitration Centre, Jordan
  • Lara Hammoud, Senior Associate, Shearman & Sterling, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Richard Harding QC, Barrister and Arbitrator, Keating Chambers, United Kingdom
  • Samaa Haridi, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, New York, United States
  • Sami Houerbi, Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Associate Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Philippe Leboulanger, Partner, Leboulanger & Associés, France ; Past President, Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA)
  • Graham Lovett, Regional Managing Partner, Middle East, Clifford Chance LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Nagla Nassar, Managing Partner,Nassar Law, Egypt
  • Ahmed Ouerfelli, Magistrate, Tunisia
  • Khawar Qureshi QC, Head of Chambers, McNair Chambers, London and Qatar
  • Christopher Seppälä, Partner, White & Case LLP, France; Vice President – Emeritus, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Special Advisor, FIDIC Contracts Committee; Associate Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Nicholas Tse, Barrister, Brown Rudnick LLP, United Kingdom
  • Hannah Tümpel, Manager, ICC Manager, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, International Centre for ADR, Paris
  • Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner & Head of the International Arbitration and Project Finance Groups, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Egypt
  • Anne Marie Whitesell, Of Counsel, Dechert LLP, Washington, United States; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Karim Youssef, Partner, Head of Middle East Arbitration, Mena Associates in association with Amereller Legal Consultants, Egypt
  • Nassib G. Ziadé, Director, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), United Arab Emirates
  • Roland Ziadé, Counsel, Clearly, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Paris, France; Member of the Paris, New York & Beirut Bars; Alternate member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Logistical notes

Registration fees (Registration fees are free of V.A.T)

The registration fee covers all conference activities*, including documentation, lunches, coffee breaks, a welcome reception on Monday, a dinner on Tuesday. Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

* subject to last minute changes and modification by the organizers.

Until 22 February 2013:

  • “Early bird Special 699 €

After 22 February 2013:

  • ICC members: 790 €
  • Non-members: 890 €
  • Accompanying person's fee*: 200 €
*The fee covers Monday welcome reception and dinner on Tuesday (sessions, coffee breaks and networking lunches are restricted to participants only).

How to register

Easier and faster: register online (secured payment by credit card)

Or return the registration form indicating method of payment to:

E-mail: Tel: +33 1 49 53 28 67 Fax: +33 1 49 53 30 30

Post: ICC Services, Training and Conferences, 38, Cours Albert 1er, 75008 Paris, France

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration form and registration fees.

To benefit from early bird rates, please note that ICC Services must receive the payment before the deadline.

Travel and accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A hotel reservation form for the Park Hyatt Dubai,, with which ICC has negotiated preferential rates at AED 1000 per night, will be sent upon receipt of the registration form. Please note that the number of rooms reserved with the ICC rate is limited. As they will be distributed on a "first-come, first-served" basis, we recommend that you make your reservation ASAP. All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card. The pre-reservation cut-off date is Thursday 14 March 2013. Hotel reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

We are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration form and full payment of your registration fees.

Working languages

English and Arabic. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Credits and hours

ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York'sapproved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is a Solicitors Regulation Authority and General Council of the Bar of England and Wales External CPD Course Provider. French bars: This training has been sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for the reimbursement of this course before the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions.

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 15 March 2013. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Subject to agreement from ICC Training and Conferences prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required.

Please note that ICC Services reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC Services will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

Sponsorship opportunities

This training offers you an unrivalled opportunity to build worldwide partnerships. Partnering will get you visibility with the major decision makers in global business and/or within the international arbitration network. For further information, please contact Ms Rodriguez at:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the first edition of this annual conference will maximize your visibility to practicing lawyers, corporate counsel, business professionals, and academics coming from or doing business in the MENA region. View the sponsorship opportunities available and contact Luz Rodriguez, Global Partnerships Manager ( to discuss your plan for this Conference.

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Event Sponsor/s

  • Brown Rudnick
  • Dechert LLP
  • Eversheds
  • MIS
  • Nassar Law

Event registration fees

Early bird Special until 22 February 2013 €699

After 22 February 2013 €790

ICC Members

After 22 February 2013 €890


Accompanying person's fee €200

Hours and credits

  • CLE Credits12.5

  • MCLE Credits10.5

  • CPD Hours (awaiting approval)10.5

  • CNB Hours (awaiting approval)10.5