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Conference Report
Meeting Business Needs in the Middle East
Effective Dispute Resolution in the Region

Date: 23rd – 24th of November 2004 


  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The ICC International Court of Arbitration

The conference attracted an average of over 250 delegates from all around the world. International delegates from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, many with existing or potential commercial interests in the region were present at this major international event. There were a high number of attendances from professional advisors, dispute resolution practitioners, academics and policy makers.

Principal Sponsors

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Vinson & Elkins


  • Al Tamimi & Company
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice
  • Clerks Room
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Key & Dixon in association with Taylor Wessing
  • Masons Galadari
  • International Bar Association
  • International Law Office

Topics & speakers
- Dispute resolution techniques involving international trade in the Middle East

  • litigation
  • arbitration
  • mediation

Professor Ahmed S El-Kosheri, Vice-Chairman of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Kosheri, Rashed & Riad, Cairo, Egypt


  • Dr Hamza Haddad, Law and Arbitration Centre, Amman, Jordan
  • Dr Hassan Ali Radhi, Hassan Radhi & Associates, Bahrain
  • John E Price, J E Price Associates, Cheshire, England
  • Robert Knutson, Corbett & Co, London, England
  • Dr Jacques Werner, Werner & Associés, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Ethics and risk 
    Jan Paulsson, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paris, France  

    A Timothy Martin, Vice-President, Nexen Inc., Calgary, Canada; 
    Professor Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim, Head of Private International Law, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; 
    Professor Hans Van Houtte, Chair of Conflict Laws, International Business Law and Arbitration, Leuven, Belgium
  • New procedures in dispute management 
    Arthur Marriott QC, Debevoise & Plimpton, London, England 

    Mark S W Hoyle, Tanfield Chambers, London, England
  • Dispute resolution in the oil and gas industry – current issues 
    Dr Fathi Kemicha, Member of the Bars of Paris and Tunis; Member of the International Law Commission (United Nations) 

    James L Loftis, Vinson & Elkins, Houston, USA 
    Ute A Joas Quinn, Shell International BV, Rijswijk, Netherlands 
    Simon Stebbings, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London, England
  • Dispute resolution in the construction industry –current issues 
    Dr Nael G Bunni, Bunni & Associates, Dublin, Ireland 

    Chris Dering, Masons, London, England 
    Professor Phillip Capper, Lovells, London, England 
    Patrick Lane SC, Advocate, Sandton, South Africa and at Atkin Chambers, London, England
  • Dispute resolution in the financial services industry (including Islamic banking codes) – current issues 
    Dr Habib Al Mulla, Managing Partner, Habib Al Mulla Advocates, Dubai, UAE 

    Borham Atallah, Atallah Law Office, Cairo, Egypt
  • Dispute resolution in the media industry – current issues 
    Jonathan Caplan QC, 5 Paper Buildings, London, England 

    Essam Al Tamimi, Al Tamimi & Company, Dubai, UAE 
    Marcus Rutherford, Reed Smith, London, England

Social events
On the first night of the conference the delegates were treated to a gala dinner at the gardens of the Grand Hyatt. It was an opportunity for delegates and non-delegates to mingle and make contacts. The second social event, which took place on the following night was a desert dinner, which was well-attended by delegates and their wives. On their second night, delegates indulged in a barbeque dinner under the stars with the added treat of a live Arabic band and a camel ride!

General feedback
The general consensus was good with room for improvement!

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