Memorandum of Understanding
American University of Sharjah (AUS) and
The Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
The Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) is pleased to announce the mutual signing of a memorandum of understanding on this day 9 April, 2006 between The American University of Sharjah (AUS) and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). This agreement was envisioned by both institutions upon an invitation extended by DIAC to Chancellor Winifred Thompson of AUS, Dean Robert Cook of the College of Arts and Sciences of AUS and Dr. Nada Mourtada-Sabbah, Chair of the Department of International Studies at AUS, to the International Arbitration & ADR in the Construction Industry conference, held November of 2005. Realizing the importance of arbitration in the world of legal dealings and international contracts, as well as, its newly found common place amongst international and domestic business transactions both parties found the collaboration of a respected institution of higher learning and an international arbitration entity to be of utmost importance. This agreement hopes to continue the promotion of arbitration and alternative means of dispute resolution through joint efforts in conducting conferences and seminars. Both institutions will work for the creation of training courses particular to the subject of arbitration and shall endeavour to provide research trainees with assistance and supervision in the field. Both institutions shall offer the exchange of information and advice regarding the use and promotion of alternative dispute resolution and exchange visits to each others organizations in an attempt to make familiar the practice of arbitration as an alternative means to court litigation. In the very near future, it is the hope of both organizations that the study of arbitration in business relations will be designed as an addition to the curriculum currently practiced in many universities. We are looking forward to such future accomplishments and will strive for the extended promotion of arbitration on a domestic and international basis.