This is a hybrid event hosted by CIArb's UAE Branch and the Dubai Arbitration Week, taking place on 17 November 2021. The event will take place from 4.00pm-8.00pm Dubai time. Please check your local time zone.
The title of this year’s event is "The rising momentum in Technology, Sports and Maritime disputes - will construction disputes remain the mainstream?"
The event sessions are as follows: welcome and introduction, keynote address panel discussion and Q&A, and Closing remarks.
This will be followed by a networking drinks reception at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC.
Registration and Refreshments
Welcome and Introduction
Panel discussion and Q&A
Registration: Pre-registration is required.
If you would like to attend in person please do register before 16 November as we need to finalise numbers with the venue. To register please contact:email@example.com
Virtual Option Available - please indicate preference upon registering
President of the CIArb and International
Partner, Locke Lord LLP
Ann Ryan Robertson C. Arb FCIArb
President of the CIArb and International Partner, Locke Lord LLP
Ann holds a J.D. and a LL.M in International Economic Law and acts as arbitrator and advocate in international and domestic arbitrations.
She is experienced in cross-border commercial disputes involving a variety of oil and gas issues, franchise law, partnerships, sales contracts (including those governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods), and commercial contracts pertaining to manufacturing, supply, warranties and project development.
Ann is recognised as a leading disputes lawyer having been named to Global Arbitration Review’s “Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration” since 2015, named to The Best Lawyers in America, International Arbitration-Governmental since 2014, and in 2014 and 2017 named Lawyer of the Year, International Arbitration –Governmental (Houston) by The Best Lawyers in America. In 2020, the Association of Women Attorneys Foundation recognized Ann as a “Premier Woman in the Law” and in 2008, she was named one of 30 “Extraordinary Women in Texas Law” by Texas Lawyer. In 2016, she was the recipient of the University of Houston Law Center’s “Private Sector Achievement Award.”
Recently, the United States Department of Trade selected Ann as one of ten arbitrators appointed by the United States to serve as a dispute settlement panelist pursuant to Chapter 31 of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
She is President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a past member of the Board of Trustees of CIArb and a past Chair of the North America Branch of CIArb.
She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center teaching advocacy in international arbitration, an instructor for the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, University of Houston Law Center and for 18 years was the coach for the University of Houston Law Center’s Willem C. Vis Moot team.
Chair of CIArb UAE and Senior Consultant, HKA
Iryna is a qualified engineer with 15 years of experience, including seven years of managing construction and engineering projects, and thereafter in contractual claims preparation and defence, dispute resolution and expert work. Iryna is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and acts as an arbitrator in construction disputes.
Iryna is the Chair of the UAE Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and teaches International Arbitration with the Institute. She also serves on the boards of several educational bodies and non-profit organisations in dispute resolution. To that end, she is a Member of the Global Advisory Board of ICDR Y&I, a Regional Representative for MENA with Russian Arbitration Association (RAA40), a Member of the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering, American University in Dubai, and a Member of the Advisory Board, Faculty of Business & Law, British University in Dubai.
Senior Associate, Dentons & Co
Suzannah is a senior associate in our Middle East Dispute Resolution team, specializing in the resolution of construction disputes through international arbitration, litigation and/or negotiation. She is an English qualified lawyer who practices in the United Arab Emirates and the wider Middle East. Suzannah has been involved in advising on ad hoc, ICC, LCIA, DIAC and ADCCAC arbitrations.
Suzannah assists clients in bringing and defending claims relating to defective design and/or workmanship, delay and disruption, loss and expense, payment disputes, service level performance obligations and contract interpretation. She typically acts for employers, contractors, developers and project companies.
Natalie is a Partner in the firm’s Dubai office. Her practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious matters in the shipping, international trade and energy sectors.
Natalie advises a broad range of clients including shipowners, charterers, cargo interests, P&I clubs and insurers in connection with disputes arising out of charterparties, bills of lading, contracts of affreightment, and other contracts of carriage, as well as disputes arising out of collisions and allisions.
In addition, Natalie advises clients on transactional commercial matters relating to international transport and trade.
Prior to joining Ince & Co, Natalie spent four years as a shipping associate at a leading international law firm where she specialised in shipping and international trade law. Prior to that, Natalie worked in the Freight Defence & Demurrage department of an International Group P&I Association where she gained invaluable experience advising the P&I Club’s Members in relation to all aspects of contractual and all other aspects of defence work.
Natalie has a wide experience of commercial litigation in both the English High Court, UAE Courts and DIFC and London maritime arbitration centers.
Head of TMT Sector, Eversheds Sutherland
Nasser ali Khasawneh is Eversheds Sutherland’s Middle East Chairman and Head of the firm’s TMT sector. Early on in his career, he worked at the United Nations Compensation Commission which was set up to adjudicate the compensation claims arising out of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1991. He then worked as an in-house Legal Counsel at Procter and Gamble, followed by 4 years as an in-house Corporate Attorney for Microsoft Corporation, before setting up Khasawneh & Associates in 2003 (which subsequently merged with Eversheds Sutherland). He has been Vice President of the Business Software Alliance, the leading international association in the field of software rights, from 1999 to 2003 and has been a Domain Name Panellist with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Centre in Geneva since 2003.
Nasser has represented some of the world’s largest information technology, media and consumer companies, advising them on various commercial, procurement, licensing, IP rights, labour law, and other issues. His practice covers legal issues around data protection, cloud computing, cybersecurity and other facets of digital transformation. As for his disputes work, Nasser has advised on and managed a number of major litigation and arbitration cases. Nasser’s work covers advice on various commercial legal issues in multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration. He has acted as counsel in major arbitration cases in various sectors, and has acted as an arbitrator in numerous cases.
Nasser graduated in law from the University of Oxford, and also has an LLM from the University of London. He is a registered legal consultant in Dubai and is also admitted to the New York bar.
Partner, Obeid & Partners
Dr Zeina Obeid, Partner at Obeid Law Firm’s litigation and international arbitration practice has a PhD from University Panthéon-Assas Paris II. Dr Obeid has worked as part of teams acting as lead counsel in major international arbitration cases across the MENA region. She is also actively engaged in the firm’s pro bono work by providing legal advice to several international NGOs and co-coaching the Lebanese team of the Université Saint-Joseph participating in the Vienna Moot competition.
Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Amr works on arbitrations brought before ICC, DIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL tribunals. His practice mainly includes advising investors in construction, commercial and investor-state arbitrations. He regularly advises clients across a range of economic sectors in various jurisdictions in the Middle East and North Africa region. Amr is an ICC YAF Representative for the North africa, Middle East and Turkey chapter for the term 2021-2023. He also sits as arbitrator.
Amr holds a License en Droit from Cairo University. He also holds a Master of Laws in Comparative Law from McGill University, a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from The American University in Cairo, and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. Before arriving at Freshfields, Amr worked at The World Bank in Washington, DC, and the Public Prosecution Office in Cairo.
Amr is a native Arabic speaker and fluent in English. He is admitted to practise law in Egypt and New York.
Francis has a broad commercial and international arbitration practice, with a particular emphasis on international arbitration, shipping, commodities, energy, and civil & commercial fraud. He is co-author of the practitioner text Debattista on Bills of Lading in Commodities Trade and the lead author of the website Strickland’s Shipping Guide.
Francis acts in a wide range of commercial disputes, both as sole and led counsel, in high court litigation, ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Francis is familiar with all major international arbitration rules including: LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC, the Swiss Arbitration Rules, and LMAA rules. He is also a registered practitioner in the DIFC Courts in Dubai.
Prior to joining 36 Stone Francis worked for three years as an associate in the world-leading international arbitration practice of WilmerHale, where he worked on a range of high value, complex commercial arbitrations. This included a US$1 billion civil fraud claim relating to the manufacture of potentially toxic baby-milk formula, and a US$900m price-review arbitration relating a 20-year LNG supply contract. During this time Francis worked closely with some of the world’s leading arbitration practitioners, including Gary Born and Franz Schwarz