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

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  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Date: 10/03/2014 - 12/03/2014
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Language: English and Arabic

ICC's 2nd Annual Conference on International Arbitration in the MENA region. Taking place in English and Arabic with simultaneous interpretation.


Taking place in English and Arabic, this second 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.

Advanced Level Training

The advanced level training on “drafting enforceable awards” will take place on Monday 10 March. Focusing on what can be referred to as the most prominent duty of an arbitrator, participants will learn the best practices pertaining to drafting awards and the ways of maximizing their enforceability. Accordingly, the training will focus on the procedural as well as formal requirements, and cover the issue of the necessary substantive accuracy of the award.

Who should attend?

Practising lawyers, corporate counsel, arbitrators, mediators, business professionals and academics coming from or doing business in the MENA region.


MORNING (10.00-13.00)

Welcoming address and introduction

Drafting an arbitral award - Which drafting style?

Participants will receive first-hand guidelines and knowledge on best practices pertaining to award legal drafting styles. How legal systems and traditions can influence drafting techniques, the different approaches in civil and common law; How to improve the quality of the award, by getting away from the "copy and paste" drafting style, to properly reflect the reasons behind the arbitral decision, identifying how much "reasoning" is necessary to render a fully convincing award and secure its enforceability.

Drafting an arbitral award - Spotlight on specific issues

This session will focus on particular sections of the award which often present difficulties and challenges in particular: Jurisdiction and applicable law; Damages; and Auxiliary remedies: interest and costs.

Lunch (13.00-14.00)

AFTERNOON (14.15-17.15)

Introduction to scrutiny of the award by the ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC Court)

Participants will gain a deeper insight into a distinctive feature of ICC arbitration, the ICC Court's scrutiny of all draft awards. ICC representatives will share their expertise on the ICC Court scrutiny process, the different levels of review, the assistance and tools provided by the Secretariat of the Court, such as the "ICC Award Checklist", to help arbitral tribunals, although respecting their liberty of decision, draft more legally effective awards.

Working groups - Draft awards review before scrutiny by the ICC Court

Participants will be given the opportunity to study a draft award, in the conditions in which a draft award would be reviewed before scrutiny by the ICC Court. Each working group will be responsible for reviewing the draft award and will make its comments as if it were a Counsel of the Secretariat of the ICC Court.

Mock Court session - Scrutiny of awards by the ICC Court and debate

This is an opportunity for participants to witness the type of discussions that are held between members of the ICC Court and representatives of the Secretariat when reviewing a draft award. The parties to this mock court session will debate on the draft award reviewed by the working groups.

Concluding remarks

Cocktail reception (18.30-20.30)


Tuesday 11 March 2014

Registration (08.30-09.30)

MORNING (09.30 - 13.00)

Opening keynote speech

Jurisprudential trends in the MENA

The speakers will analyse recent state court decisions related to arbitration in the different MENA jurisdictions and discuss whether trends may be found on a local and regional level.


Effective interim measures in the MENA: arbitrator, emergency arbitrator or judge?

Requests for interim measures in cases are playing an increasingly important role both before the commencement and during the arbitration. This session will provide a comparative approach to the use and enforceability of preliminary measures.


Lunch (13.00-14.30)

AFTERNOON (14.30 - 16.30)

Roundtable on the impact of the place of arbitration

Panelists of this session will discuss the impact of the place of arbitration as to various issues such as: (a) how anti-suit injunctions are dealt with, (b) do State court proceedings prevent arbitrators to conduct the arbitral process, (c) how are the public policy rules respected and (d) what impact a bankruptcy proceeding would have on an arbitration procedure.


Dinner (20.00)

Wednesday 12 March 2014

MORNING (09.00 - 13.00)

Arbitrating Oil and Gas disputes in the Middle-East

Most countries in the MENA expressly allow for the use of arbitration in the oil and gas sector. In this session, current issues and potential pitfalls in arbitrating energy disputes with MENA parties will be discussed by international and local practitioners. The panel will also examine the involvement of State parties, the benefits and risks of the arbitral process and the enforcement of awards in oil and gas arbitrations.


Interactive session on Ethics in International Arbitration
How to protect the integrity of the arbitral proceeding?

This session will feature the different point of views as to the current debate on the need for increased rulemaking to protect arbitral proceedings and the role of different players in the process.


Lunch (13.00-14.30)

AFTERNOON (14.30 - 16.15)

Evaluation and calculation of damages in construction disputes: Theory and Practice

The damages phase is one of the most technically demanding stages of the arbitration process. This panel will address the different perspectives from the point of view counsel, quantum expert and arbitrator. The discussion will focus on Issues such as the legal standards for evaluating complex damages claims, the different approaches for their calculation and the use of evidence in assessing damages.




Yves Derains, Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi, France; Chairman, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Alexander Fessas, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Lara Hammoud, Independent Arbitrator, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sami Houerbi, Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Tunis

Anne Marie Whitesell, Of Counsel, Dechert LLP, Washington DC, United States; Former Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Roland Ziadé, Partner, Linklaters, France; Member of the Paris, New York and Beirut bars

Tuesday 11 March 2014 - 2nd ANNUAL MENA CONFERENCE

Akram Abu El Huda, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Abu Dhabi General Services CO. PJSC (Musanada), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ali Al Aidarous, Managing Attorney, Ali Al Aidarous International Legal Practice, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Arif Hyder Ali, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLC, Washington DC, Unites States

Jabbar Al-Lami, Judge for the Baghdad Commercial Court, Higher Judicial Council, Irak

Borhan Amrallah, Appellate Judge at COMESA Court of Justice (AD-Hoc) and Former Chief Justice of Cairo High Court of Appeal, Egypt

Sana Belaid, Senior Corporate Counsel, Cisco, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Alexander Bevan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Andrea Carlevaris, Secretary General and Director of Dispute Resolution Services of the ICC, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Nadia Darwazeh, Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, France

Nizar Fadhlaoui, Attorney at Law, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Independent arbitrator; Member of the New York bar

Alain Farhad, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Robert Gaiskell, Queen’s Counsel, Keating Chambers, United Kingdom

Majed M. Garoub, Chairman, The Law Firm of Majed M. Garoub, Saudi Arabia

Hamid Gharavi, Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi, France

Allen B. Green, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Washington DC, USA

Philipp Habegger, Partner, LALIVE, Switzerland

Lara Hammoud, Independent Arbitrator, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sami Houerbi, Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Tunis

Joachim Kuckenburg, Partner, KAB-Kuckenburg Bureth et Associés, France

Tim Martin, International Counsel, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Saudi Arabia

Nathalie Najjar, PhD, Attorney at law, Ibrahim Najjar Law Firm, Lebanon; Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Saint Joseph University & University Paris II – Panthéon Assas

James Nicholson, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting, France

Philip Punwar, Partner, Baker Botts LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Andreas Reiner, Attorney at law, Arbitrator, Mediator, Dispute Board Member, ARP, Austria; Honorary Professor, University of Economics, Vienna

Ali Sahraiian, Senior Legal Counsel, Pars Oil & Gas Company (POGC), Iran; Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Tehran

Ricardo Ugarte, Managing Partner, Winston & Strawn - Geneva, Switzerland

Logistical Note

Dates: 10-12 March 2014

Venue: Park Hyatt Dubai (by Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club)

Registration fees

Advanced Training: Drafting Enforceable Awards

ICC members 599€

Non-members 719€

ICC's 2nd Annual MENA Conference

ICC members 859€

Non-members 1,030€

Package: Conference and Training

ICC members 1,165€

Non-members 1,399€

Accompanying person for social events 200€

VAT exemption – French Tax Code, Article 259A5°

Registration fees include:

1. Advanced Training: Drafting Enforceable Awards: all training activities including documentation, lunch and coffee breaks, cocktail reception.
2. ICC’s 2nd annual MENA conference: all conference activities including documentation, lunches and coffee breaks, Monday cocktail reception and dinner on Tuesday.
3. Accompanying person for social events fee: Monday cocktail reception and dinner on Tuesday (sessions and networking lunches are restricted to participants only).

Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

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, 33-43 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 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 1,250 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 Sunday 9 February 2014. Hotel reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

Visa applications for entry into the UAE can take several weeks to process. If travellers from your country of citizenship require a visa to enter the UAE we highly recommend that you begin the visa application process now. Please note that the hotel may assist you with the application procedures. Further information will be available o the hotel reservation form.

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's approved 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 reimbursement from 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 10 February 2014. 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.


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This conference offers you an unrivalled opportunity to maximize your visibility to practicing lawyers, corporate counsel, business professionals, and academics coming from or doing business in the MENA region. For further information please read our sponsorship opportunities or contact: Ms Luz Rodriguez.

Programme and logistics: Charlotte Strandberg, Project Manager, Email Charlotte Strandberg, Tel: +33 1 49 53 29 34

Registration issues: Sylvette Abenzoar, Sales Administrator, Email Sylvette Abenzoar, Tel: + 33 1 49 53 28 67

Sponsorship: Luz Rodriguez, Global Partnerships Manager, Email Luz Rodriguez, Tel: + 33 1 49 53 28 42

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Event registration fees

Advanced Training: Drafting Enforceable Awards €599

ICC members

Advanced Training: Drafting Enforceable Awards €719


ICC's 2nd Annual MENA Conference €859

ICC members

ICC's 2nd Annual MENA Conference €1030


Package: Conference and Training €1165

ICC members

Package: Conference and Training €1399


Accompanying person for social events €200

Hours and credits

  • CLE creditsup to 19,5

  • MCLE creditsup to 16,25

  • CPD hoursup to 16

  • CNB hoursup to 16

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