Dubai, United Arab Emirates, • English

The ICC YAF, YIAG, ICDR Y&I and DIAC are jointly co-organising an event in Dubai on the eve of ICC Conference during Dubai Arbitration Week. The conference is generously sponsored by CiArb and will be held on 15 November.


The conference will focus on diversity in arbitration : the ethnic, the legal and the gender background of an arbitrator. A panel of experts will share their insights on the equal representation in arbitration.


2.00pm : Coffee and registration

2.30pm : Conference introduction

2.40pm : Keynote speech
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab ,
Zulficar & Partners

3.00pm : Panel discussion
Does the ethnic or legal background or the gender of an arbitrator make any difference to the final outcome?

4.00pm : Coffee break

4.15pm : Debate
The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge does a disservice to aspiring female arbitrators by focusing on gender rather than merit.

5.00pm : ‘ Tylney Hall’ style discussion

5.45pm : Conference ends


Sami Tannous, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Zulficar & Partners

Sally Kotb , Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Živa Filipič , International Court Of Arbitration

Caroline Kehoe , Herbert Smith Freehills

Ahmad Ibrahim , Fenwick Elliot

Amani Khalifa , Khalifa & Associates

John Gaffney , Al Tamimi & Co

Moderators :

Alain Farhad , Squire Patton Boggs

Omar Khodeir , Al Tamimi & Co

Laila Al Shentenawi, Al Tamimi & Co

Samantha Lord Hill , Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Robert Stephen , Herbert Smith Freehills

Logistial notes


DIFC-LCIA Conference Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre,
Ground Level, Building 4, The Gate District
Dubai, UAE

Registration Fee

The conference is free of charge. However, registration is compulsory.

To register and for further information, please contact Mrs. Kimberley Newnham :kimberley.newnham@freshfields.com