6th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration

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

Taking place on 6-8 May 2018, 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.


Who should attend?

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

The ICC Institute advanced level training on “Assessment of damages by arbitrators” will take place on 6 May 2018.

Training programme

Advanced training: Assessment of damages by arbitrators – 6 May 2018

09.00-09.15Welcoming address, introduction and presentation of the training
09.15-10.00The Tribunal’s discretion to award damages versus the Tribunal’s duty to issue a reasoned decision
– The extent of financial reasoning required in the award
– The right of the Tribunal to reject both of the experts’ financial models without nominating an independent expert
10.30-10.45Coffee break
10.45-11.30Financial approaches to assessing damages
– The uncertainty of the DCF method
– Other tools outside the DCF/FMV dichotomy
– The need for a more exact science
11.30-12.30Q&A and case scenarios
13.30-14.15Damnum emergens, lucrum cessans, and moral damages – how to calculate without double-counting
– In a case of unestablished business, where costs of the contract and loss of profit are sought
– In a case of conflicting business plan and real purchase offers
– How to calculate moral damages
14.15-15.15Q&A and case scenarios
15.15-15.35Coffee break
15.35-16.20Award of interest: considerations for awarding compound post-award interest on costs, material and moral damages
16.20-17.20Q&A and case scenarios
17.20-17.30Closing remarks

Training speakers


Nicolas BourdonPartner, Accuracy, France
Richard KreindlerPartner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Frankfurt/New York, Germany/United States; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Honorary Professor of Law, University of Münster, Germany




Kaj HobérArbitrator, 3 Verulam Buildings, United Kingdom
Andrew MacKenziePartner, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Craig S. MilesPartner, King & Spalding, Houston, United States
Kathleen PaisleyPartner, AMBOS Law, Belgium/United Kingdom

Conference programme

Monday 7 May 2018

07.30 – 08.45Optional breakfast

Launch of the Appointing Authority Rules
09.00 – 09.20Welcome remarks
09.20 – 09.40Opening keynote speech
09.40 – 10.55The 20-20 Debate: arbitrator and counsel ethics
What effect do published rules (IBA, CIArb..) have on the topic ? Do they influence the way the problems at stake are dealt with ? Should arbitral institutions play a policing role in this respect ?
10.55 – 11.25Discussion
11.25 – 11.45Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00Hercules’ Pillars: navigating past the civil and common law divide
This interactive panel will identify a number of recurring procedural and substantive issues and then challenge the proposition that their handling in international arbitration depends on the cultural background of counsel and decision-makers. The panel shall propose a case scenario and discuss the possible approaches to solving it by analysing i.a. the issues below:
-contract interpretation and good faith
-contract termination
-claims and damages (global claims, liquidated damages)
-burden of proof and standard of proof
-iura novit arbiter and reasoning
-document production
-expert evidence (partly appointed vs/tribunal appointed)
13.00 – 13.30Discussion
13.30 – 15.00Lunch
15.00 – 16.30Parallel sessions
Drafting prayers for relief: a guide to success
This session will explore the questions of how to best formulate requests for declarations, specific performance and monetary relief; amending prayers for relief during the proceedings and introducing new claims; and clarifying prayers for relief by arbitrators with the view of minimizing problems at the enforcement stage
The many faces of confidentiality
This session will deal with questions such as confidentiality versus privacy, implied duty of confidentiality in arbitration and its boundaries, confidentiality obligation by arbitral institutions and protection of business secrets.
17.00 – 18.30Cocktail reception 


Tuesday 8 May 2018

07.30 – 08.45Optional Joint ArbitralWomen and WiAR breakfast

“Expertise: a Woman’s No Man’s Land?”
09.00 – 10.15 Roundtable on Expedited Procedures: a global review, one year later
An interactive discussion will include the following topics:
– A change of mindset in arbitration practice
– Balancing due process and efficiency
– Opting in and opting out
– Preparing for and conducting a case under the expedited procedure
– Review of the first year of application of the ICC Expedited Procedure Provisions: origin and type of cases, profile of sole arbitrators, time required
10.15 – 10.45Discussion
10.45- 11.15Coffee break
11.15 – 12.30Joint Ventures: opening Pandora’s box (or keeping it closed)
Arbitration with joint venture parties raises new and complex substantive and procedural issues. The topics that this panel will explore and discuss with the audience include:
– Non-incorporated joint-ventures: legal capacity v. standing to sue and be sued, power of attorney
– Multiparty and multicontract scenarios in JV disputes: jurisdiction over non-signatory JV or JV partner, joinder of additional parties; constitution of arbitral tribunal
– Applicable law: lex contractus v lex societatis, public policy, Islamic law (e.g. Mahassa)
– Arbitrability of corporate governance issues
– Liability of JV partners
– Drafting efficient choice of law and dispute resolution provisions in JV agreements;
– Enforcing awards in JV disputes and local legislation
– The specificities of exit provisions in JV arrangements: American or “shotgun” clauses, call and put options, tag-along and drag along provisions
12.30 – 13.00Discussion
13.00 – 14.30Lunch 
14.30 – 16.00Proving your Claim in International Arbitration
The role of in-house and external expert advice in determining and proving the quantum of claims: Claim for what you can show, and show what you claim for.
16.00 – 16.30Discussion
16.30 – 16.45Closing Remarks

Conference speakers

Mohamed S. Abdel WahabFounding Partner & Head of the International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Egypt; Chair of Private International Law, Cairo University; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Raid Abu-MannehPartner, Mayer Brown International LLP, United Kingdom
Essam Al TamimiSenior Partner, Al Tamimi & Co, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Chiann BaoAsia Pacific Counsel, International Litigation and Arbitration, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Hong Kong
Affef Ben MansourPublic International Law and International Arbitration Lawyer, Savoie Arbitration, France
Gordon BlankePartner, International Commercial & Investment Arbitration, DWF (Middle East) LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Vice-Chair, ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration & ADR Steering Committee
Christopher BoogPartner, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
Eda Cerrahoğlu BalssenPartner, Arbitration Department, Cerrahoğlu Law Firm, Turkey
Julian CohenBarrister and Arbitrator, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong
Nadine Debbas AchkarFCIArb, Attorney, Lebanon
Alexander G. FessasSecretary General & Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Ziva FilipicManaging Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Kim Franklin QCCrown Office Chambers, United Kingdom
Daniel GartonPartner, White & Case LLP, United Kingdom
Lara HammoudSenior Legal Counsel, ‎Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Christopher HarrisBarrister and Arbitrator, 3 Verulam Buildings, United Kingdom
Karl HennesseeFRAes, Senior Vice-President, Head of Litigation, Investigations & Regulatory Affairs – Airbus Group Legal & Compliance, Airbus SAS, France; President, Governing Body, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Sami HouerbiDirector for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi/Tunis
Celine Abi Habib KanakriCounsel, Dispute Resolution, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Samaa A. F. HaridiPartner, Hogan Lovells US LLP, New York, United States
Thanos KarvelisPartner, Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Amani KhalifaPrincipal, Khalifa Associates, Egypt
Marcus Antoine KhourySenior Legal Counsel (Arbitration), Consolidated Contractors International Company, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Christopher Mainwaring-TaylorPartner, Allen & Overy LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Erin Miller RankinPartner, Disputes, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates/Singapore
Gordon MoffatManaging Director, GMCS, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Alexis MourrePresident, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Peter RosherPartner, Reed Smith LLP, France
Dorothee RuckteschlerPartner and Head of CMS International Arbitration Group, CMS Hasche Sigle, Germany
Marwan SakrPartner, SAAS, Lebanon
Shahram ShamsPartner, Sheed Associates, Iran
Mohamed ShelbayaPartner, Shearman & Sterling LLP, France/United Arab Emirates
Mireille TaokAvocate, Member of the Paris Bar, France
Carita Wallgren-LindholmArbitrator, Finland; Chair, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration & ICC Institute of World Business Law
Asli YilmazCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Logistical notes

Dates and venueDates: 6-8 May 2018
Venue: Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek Club St, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Registration fees6th ICC MENA Conference
Early bird until 9 March 2018: €783
ICC members: €902
Non-members: €1128
Advanced Training
Early bird until 9 March 2018: €538
ICC members: €626
Non-members: €783
Package: Training and Conference (20% discount)
Early bird until  9 March 2018: €1039
ICC members: €1225
Non-members: €1532
5% VAT will be applied to these rates

Registration fees include all conference documentation, coffee breaks, lunches and cocktail reception.
Special discountsGroup rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.
In-house Counsel, full time Academics and Government representatives may benefit from a 30% discount.
Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
Travel and accommodation Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.
ICC UAE has however secured a room block at the Park Hyatt with preferential rates. A link will be sent upon registration enabling participants to make their reservations directly.
Please note that the room block will expire on 7 March 2018. Hotel reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space available basis only at prevailing rates.
VisaVisa applications for entry into the UAE can take several weeks to process. If travelers from your country of citizenship require a visa to enter the UAE, we highly recommend that you begin the visa application process well in advance.
Working languageEnglish
Cancellation policy50% of the registration fees will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 6 April 2018. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.
Subject to agreement from ICC UAE 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 be informed that any formation of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of 5€ + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant.
Please note that ICC UAE 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 UAE will not, however, be held responsible for any related expenses incurred by the participant.
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