ICC set to kick off first annual international arbitration MENA region conference

  • 5 February 2013

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will hold its first annual conference on International Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The conference, the first of its kind in the region, is a ‘must attend’ for international and regional arbitrators, lawyers, corporate counsel, business professionals and academics doing business in the region. It will reflect the region’s changing and challenging perceptions on international arbitration and it is set to take place in Dubai 15-17 April 2013.

“The ICC International Court of Arbitration is widely acknowledged to be the world’s leading institution for the resolution of international commercial disputes. In 2012 alone, some 10% of the 759 new cases filed with the Court involved parties from the MENA region,” said John Beechey, President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. “Our objective is to make this conference a highlight in the arbitration calendar in the region.”

Topics for the first conference include:

  • ICC Arbitration in the MENA region: any influence of the Arab
    Spring two years on?
  • The changing and challenging perceptions to having the MENA as a seat
    of arbitration.
  • Assessment of individual states and territories.
  • Arbitrating construction disputes in the MENA region.
  • The interplay between civil, common and sharia law in international
    arbitration: clash or harmony?
  • State contracts and international arbitration in the MENA region

Participants will have the chance to take part in a mock ICC Court Session, entitled “Arbitrators’ ethics from the ICC Court’s Standpoint”.

It has become increasingly important for businesses to understand the role that the various legal systems
– civil, common and sharia law – play in all stages of the region’s arbitration proceedings,” said Ahmed El Kosheri, Senior Partner, Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law firm, Egypt; former Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. “The ethical principles governing an arbitrator’s duties are often tested by issues arising from this combination of cultural and legal traditions. One of the focuses of the ICC conference is to illustrate how to analyze and resolve such issues.”

The conference will be held in both English and Arabic and includes international and regional speakers, topical discussions and networking opportunities.

For more information on the event visi ICC International Arbitrationin the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)  

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