5th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, • English
ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration

This 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.


Topics will include:

  • Parallel proceedings, tactics and remedies
  • Annual spotlight: Update on UAE and Saudi Arabia
  • Performance guarantees in construction arbitration
  • Contrasting perspectives between external and in-house counsel

Who should attend

  • Practising lawyers
  • Corporate counsel
  • Arbitrators
  • Mediators
  • Business professionals and academics coming from or doing business in the MENA region

ICC Institute Advanced Level Training
The advanced level training on “oral advocacy in international arbitration: the good, the bad and the in-between” will take place on 3 April 2017.

5th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration
Attend this conference, held on 4-5 April, to keep up to date on the latest arbitration developments in the MENA region.

Logistical notes

Dates and venueDates: 3-5 April 2017

Venue: Park Hyatt Dubai

Registration feesAdvanced Training:

Oral advocacy in international arbitration
Early-bird until 9 February 2017: 515€
ICC members: 599€
Non-members: 749€

5th ICC MENA Conference
Early-bird until 9 February 2017: 749€
ICC members: 863€
Non-members: 1079€

Package: Conference and Training: 20% Discount
Early-bird until 9 February 2017: 994€
ICC members: 1172€
Non-members: 1465€

Accompanying person: 100€

VAT exemption – French Tax Code, Article 259A5°

Special discounts 

  • ICC Members may benefit from an extra 5% discount. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code.
  • Group rates : Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4.
  • In-house Counsel , full time Academics , Government representativesmay benefit from a 30% discount. Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
Registration fees include:
  1. Advanced Training: Oral advocacy in international arbitration : all training activities including documentation, lunch and coffee breaks.
  2. ICC’s 5th annual MENA conference : all conference activities including documentation, lunches, coffee breaks and a cocktail reception.
  3. Accompanying person for social event : Tuesday cocktail reception (sessions and networking lunches are restricted to participants only).

Travel and hotel expenses are not included.

How to register:


Register online (secured payment by credit card)Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration fees. To benefit from early bird rates, please note that ICC Services must receive the payment before the deadline.
Travel and accommodation


Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements and reservations.

Details about how to make a reservation at the Park Hyatt Dubai, where ICC has negotiated preferential rates at AED 1,200 (single room) and AED 1,320 (double room) per night, will be sent upon registration. 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 1 March 2017. Hotel reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

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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 an accredited CPD provider by the Bar Standards Board ofEnglandand Wales . French Bars : This training will be 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 Friday 3 March 2017. 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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Training programme

Monday 3 April 2017 – ICC Institute advanced level training on oral advocacy in international arbitration

09.00 – 09.15Welcoming address, introduction and presentation of the mock case
09.15 – 10.15Oral versus written advocacy: counsel and tribunal perspectives
– Defining the elements of “oral advocacy”: pleadings, witnesses, experts, demonstratives, other features
– Early assessment of the pros and cons of the elements of “oral advocacy”: the opportunities and the limitations depending on the initial presentation of the dispute
– Perspectives as claimant versus as respondent
– The interrelationship between the assessment and the selection of the tribunal members: party autonomy vs. tribunal direction
– The interrelationship between the assessment and the applicable law(s) including respecting burden of proof and burden of persuasion
– The assessment and the desired role for the tribunal: “inquisitorial” vs. “adversarial” vs. something in between
10.15 – 10.45Q&A
10.45 – 11.00Coffee break
11.00 – 11.45Oral advocacy, party autonomy and the determination of the facts of the dispute: the opening statement at the hearing
– The hearing and oral opening statements: good practices, bad practices, best practices
– Orally pleading the case “through” prior written memorials: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives
– Opening statements and post-hearing briefs: the desired relationship
– Exhibits and visuals and their role in oral advocacy and decision-making
11.45 – 13.00Case scenarios and Q&A
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 14.30Focus on cross-examination
– Effective preparation for cross examination
– Effective styles of cross-examination
– “Remember the dead horse”: knowing when to let go
– “Putting your case to the witness” versus character assassination
– Lay witnesses and expert witnesses
14.30 – 15.30Case scenarios and Q&A
15.30 – 15.45Coffee break
15.45 – 16.15Oral advocacy at the main hearing
– Orally pleading the case “through” witness examination: counsel perspectives, tribunal perspectives
– Closing statements and post-hearing briefs: transcripts, recency and the new emphasis on speed in rendering the award
16.15 – 17.15Case scenarios and Q&A
17.15 – 17.30Concluding remarks

Chair of the training

Georges Affaki, Partner, Affaki Avocats, France; Professor of Law, University of Paris II; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law


Nadia DarwazehPartner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, France
Teresa GiovanniniPartner, Lalive, Switzerland; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Simon GreenbergPartner, Clifford Chance Europe LLP, France
Philippe LeboulangerPartner, Leboulanger & Associes, France; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
Zoe O’Sullivan QCBarrister and Arbitrator, Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC, One Essex Court, United Kingdom

Conference programme

Tuesday 4 April 2017

09.00 – 09.20Welcome remarks

  • John Danilovich, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
  • Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Sami Houerbi, Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Tunis
09.20 – 09.40Opening keynote speech

  • Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
09.40 – 10.55The changing landscape in the MENA and its impact on investment and commercial arbitration
– Force majeure, hardship and sanctions: practical and legal implications on arbitral proceedings
– Overview of recent decisions and precedents in investment and commercial arbitration impacted by the new socio-political, legal and commercial landscape
– A case study: The impact of low oil price: concepts to excuse performance

  • Georges Affaki, Partner, Affaki Avocats, France
  • Dany Khayat, Partner, Mayer Brown, France
  • Hani Abo Samra, Associate General Counsel – Middle East, Africa and Italy, Shelf Drilling, United Arab Emirates

Chaired by:

  • Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners, Egypt; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
10.55 – 11.25Discussion
11.25 – 11.45Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00Parallel proceedings, tactics and remedies: Overview of available options, prevailing practices and anti-suit injunctions
– Parallel proceedings in international arbitration: A recipe for further disputes?
– The innocent and malevolent tactics of parallel proceedings and prevailing practices
– Parallel proceedings and anti-suit injunctions by courts and tribunals

  • Alexander B. Blumrosen, Attorney-at-law, Paris and New York Bars, Kuckenburg Bureth Boineau et Associés, France
  • Anne K. Hoffmann, Legal Director, Clyde & Co, United Arab Emirates
  • Yasmine Lahlou, Partner, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, United States

Chaired by:

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

13.00 – 13.30Discussion
13.30 – 15.00Lunch
15.00 – 16.30Parallel sessions (participants choose to attend one of the following sessions)

Quantum in international arbitration
– Contractual and legal basis of liability
– Principles governing compensation
– Direct and indirect losses/damages
– Heads of damages and quantification

  • Aarta Alkarimi, Partner, Chrysalis LLP, United Arab Emirates
  • Yasemin Cetinel, Founding Partner, Cetinel Law Firm, Turkey
  • Nadia Darwazeh, Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, France

Chaired by:

James Nicholson, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting, France

Recovery of arbitral awards
– Enforcement and execution of arbitral awards
– Techniques for recovery of awarded damages and recovery in case of specific performance
– Searching for assets
– How to maximize chances of enforcement
– The role of third party funding
– When to settle?

  • Björn Gehle, Partner, Reed Smith LLP, United Arab Emirates
  • Emmanuel Kaspereit, Counsel, Archipel, France
  • Lorenzo Melchionda, Local Partner, BonelliErede, Egypt

Chaired by:

Adrian Chadwick, Partner – Dispute Resolution, Hadef & Partners, United Arab Emirates

 17.00-18.30Cocktail reception

Wednesday 5 April 2017

09.00 – 09.30ICC expedited rules

  • Ziva Filipic, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
 09.30 – 10.30Annual spotlight: Update on UAE and Saudi recent case law on international arbitration

  • Majed Al Rasheed, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, Saudi Arabia
  • Linda Fitz-Alan, Registrar and Chief Executive, Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts, United Arab Emirates
  • Jochen Hundt, Legal Consultant, KSA; Founder, law firm alliance “Alattas & Hundt”, Saudi Arabia
  • Graham Lovett, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, United Arab Emirates

Chaired by:

Hassan Arab, Co-Head of Litigation, Partner, Deputy Managing Partner, Al Tamimi & Co, United Arab Emirates

10.30 – 11.00Discussion
11.00- 11.30Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30Performance guarantees in construction arbitration
– Importance and use of performance guarantees
– Danger, risks and limits
– Tactics to be considered by the parties
– Interim measures and awards on performance

  • Alex Bevan, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP, United Arab Emirates
  • Cristian Gual Grau, Partner, Uría Menéndez, Spain
  • Aisha Nadar, Senior Consultant, Procurement and Dispute Resolution, Advokatfirman Runeland, Sweden

Chaired by:
Thomas Wilson, Head of Construction and Arbitration – MENA, Squire Patton Boggs, United Arab Emirates

12.30 – 13.00Discussion
13.00 – 14.30Lunch
14.30 – 16.00Debate: Contrasting perspectives between external and in-house counsel on the practice of international arbitration
– Is the client always right?
– Client-attorney privilege: Limits and practice in international arbitration?
– What the client wants and what counsel wants? Are interests aligned?
– Choice of legal counsel: techniques, costs, and competence.

  • Nayiri Boghossian, Partner, Al Owais, United Arab Emirates
  • Shafiq M. Jamoos, Legal Manager, Deyaar Development PJSC, United Arab Emirates; Independent Arbitrator (Commercial/Real Estate)
  • Cecilia Misu, Founder, CMSQUARE UG, Germany; Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law
  • Ziad Salloum, Partner, Salloum & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates

Chaired by:
Alexander Fessas, Managing Counsel; Secretary General-designate, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

16.00 – 16.30Discussion
16.30 – 16.45Closing remarks

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

Sponsorship opportunities

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.

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