Conference7-8 Nov2018


The Dubai Conference on Court Excellence and Innovation: Today & Tomorrow 2018 Aims to highlight the key values and success factors in the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE) and identify international best practice and challenges for Courts around the globe. We will discuss practical strategies that are vital to achieving court excellence within all judicial systems. Building on the success of the ICCE Conference in 2017 held in Melbourne, Australia, The Dubai Conference on Court Excellence and Innovation: Today & Tomorrow 2018 will provide delegates from around the world insight into the developments taking place in court innovation, service excellence and look at future technologies like AI, blockchain, robotics and their legal implications on courts around the world.

  • Conference will be delivered in both English and Arabic

  • 8:30 am to 9.0 am


  • 9:00 am to 9:30 am

    Keynote speech by Chief Justice Michael Hwang, DIFC Courts

  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am

    “Welcome – The International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE Framework): What, How and Why?”

  • presentations and panel discussion

  • 10.00 am to 10.45 am

    “The Path to Excellence: Stragety, Structures and Governance”

  • 10.45 am to 11.00 am

    Presentation on Certification of Judgments using Blockchain

  • 11.00 am to 11.30 am

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • Presentation

  • 11.30 am to 12.00 am

    “Smart SCT: The Virtual Hearing”

  • presentations and panel discussion

  • 12.00 am to 01.00 pm

    “The UAE/GCC Judicial System Experience”

  • 01.00 pm to 02.00 pm


  • presentations

  • 02.00 pm to 02.30 pm

    “Evolution of International Courts Towards Excellence”

  • presentations

  • 02.30 pm to 03:00 pm

    “Opportunities for Courts to Collaborate”

  • 03.00 pm to 3.45 pm

    “Work Plan for a 21st Century Court”

  • 03.45 pm to 04.15 pm

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • presentations

  • 04.15 pm to 05.00 pm

    “The World of Online Courts”

  • 05.20 pm to 05.30 pm

    “A Dynamic Judiciary: Success Stories from Courts Around the World”

  • Conference will be delivered in both English and Arabic

  • 8:00 am to 8.30 am


  • 8.45 am to 9.00 am

    Welcome Speech, Mrs. Amna Al Owais, Chief Executive and Registrar, DIFC Courts & Chief Executive, DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority

  • presentations

  • 9.00 am to 9.30 am

    Presentation by Microsoft on “Access to Justice Through Technology”

  • 9.30 am to 10.00 am

    “Reshaping the Legal Landscape through Innovation – ODR and Big Data as a Tool for Greater Transparency”

  • 10.00 am to 10.30 am

    “Court Excellence in a Digital Age”

  • 10.30 am to 11.00 am

    “Why Is Mediation Increasingly Important to Courts as a Conflict Avoidance Tool?”

  • 11.00 am to 11.30 am

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • presentations and panel discussion

  • 11.30 am to 12.00 am

    “Robotics, Cyberlaw, Electronic Evidence, Cybersecurity: New Opportunities & Challenges”

  • 12.00 am to 12.45 pm

    AI Adjudication of Cases

  • presentations

  • 12.45 pm to 1.25 pm

    “Technology and Access to Justice”

  • 1.25 pm to 1.30 pm

    Closing remarks by Ms. Reem Al Shihhe, COO of DIFC Courts & Deputy CEO, DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority

  • 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm


  • 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

    IFCE Framework Workshop (Optional)

  • Afternoon

    Free & Easy / Explore Dubai

  • 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm

    DIFC Academy of Law Annual Gala 2018

Who Should Attend:
  • Judiciary
  • Court Administrators
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Policymakers
  • Academics
  • Government Organisations
  • Legal Tech Experts
  • Futurists

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton,
Dubai International Financial Centre,
Dubai, UAE


  • Steve Crown

    Steve Crown

    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Microsoft

    Steve is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Human Rights, Microsoft Corporation, contributing to development and interpretation of company-wide policies that support advocacy for Rule of Law and respect for human rights in the conduct of the company’s business across the globe. In order to advance company and industry initiatives and public-private partnerships to make the global internet safer and more trusted, Steve works closely with other companies, academics, investors, civil society, national governments and international organizations.

    Since joining Microsoft in 1997 Steve has served in a variety of roles, including as VP and Deputy General Counsel for China strategy, VP & DGC for Office, and VP & DGC for Entertainment and Devices (Xbox, Windows Phone, and television and music services).

    Before joining Microsoft Steve practiced law with the firm now known as K&L Gates, served as International Business Vice President for a company that built out wireless telephone networks in Russia, and established a commercial law practice with special focus on technology transfers and international trade and investment.

    Steve holds degrees from the University of Washington, the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School. He serves in leadership positions on a range of organizations, including the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (past chair), the Global Network Initiative (executive committee) the International Bar Association Media Law Committee (executive committee), and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars (past president).

    Steve is fluent in English and Russian.

  • Lord David Hope

    Lord David Hope

    Chief Justice ADGM Courts

    Lord Hope of Craighead (David Hope) is Chief Justice of ADGM Courts, having retired from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in June 2013. He practised at the Scottish Bar as a member of the Faculty of Advocates for 24 years, becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 1978. He served as Standing Junior Counsel for the Board of Inland Revenue in Scotland from 1974 to 1978 and as an Advocate Depute (a senior prosecutor in the High Court of Justiciary) from 1978 to 1982. From 1986 to 1989 he was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (Chairman of the Scottish Bar). While at the bar he had an extensive practice in tax, construction and oil and gas law and sat occasionally as a sole arbitrator.

    In 1989 Lord Hope was appointed to the bench as Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General of Scotland (the Chief Justice in Scotland). He held these offices until 1996, when he was appointed to sit as a judge in the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. In 2009 he was appointed to be the Second Senior Lord of Appeal in the House of Lords. He became Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom when that court was established in October 2009. He continued to hold that office until he retired, having sat as an appellate judge for 24 years. For 17 of those years he was a member of the UK’s highest court, and he also sat as a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He was appointed as Chief Justice of ADGM Courts in October 2015. He is also Convenor of the Crossbench Peers in the House of Lords.

  • Justice Michael Hwang

    Chief Justice Michael Hwang

    Chief Justice DIFC Courts

    Justice Michael Hwang was appointed as the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts in June 2010. He is a graduate of Oxford University and a former law teacher in the University of Sydney and University of Singapore.

    In 1997, he was appointed as one of the first 12 Senior Counsel (SC) of the Supreme Court of Singapore (a status equivalent to that of Queen’s Counsel in England). In 1999, he was elected a Member of the American Law Institute and served as a Visiting Professor to the National University of Singapore teaching advocacy and commercial arbitration. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as a Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based in Geneva, a body set up under the Security Council to assess claims against Iraq arising from the first Gulf War.

  • Richard Susskind

    Richard Susskind

    Author, Speaker, and Independent Adviser

    Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years. He lectures internationally, has written many books, and advised on numerous government inquiries.

    Richard lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries and has addressed audiences (in person and electronically), numbering more than 250,000. He has written and edited numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005), The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow's Lawyers (2013), and has written around 150 columns for The Times. His work has been translated into 10 languages.

    He has advised on many government inquiries and, since 1998, has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Richard is President of the Society for Computers and Law, Chair of the Online Dispute Resolution Advisory Group of the Civil Justice Council, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute where he is also a Visiting Professor. He also hold professorships at UCL, Gresham College, London, and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

    Richard has a first class honours degree in law from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He has received numerous legal industry awards and is an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society, and was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.

    He lives in Radlett, England, with his wife and three children. His hobbies include running, golf, skiing, reading and cinema.


    Although Richard is self-employed and works independently, he does not claim to be a dispassionate analyst or to be free of commercial interests. His passion is the modernization of the practice of law and the administration of justice. His belief that the professions and justice systems should be modernized underpins most of his activities as an advisor and commentator.

    Richard's work is not confined to the academic world and to advising in the public sector. He consults widely in the private sector, to major law firms and to large in-house legal departments. He has been an active member of an advisory board of Lyceum Capital, a private equity firm that is committed to investing in the legal profession; and he was chairman of the advisory board of Integreon, a legal and business process outsourcing business.

    Given his various roles, responsibilities, and interests, Richard is sensitive to conflicts that may arise, and he discusses these regularly with those with whom he works closely.

  • Tarish Eid Al Mansouri

    H.E Tarish Eid Al Mansouri

    Director General Dubai Courts

    His Excellency Tarish Eid Al Mansouri is the Director General of Dubai Courts, and has been in the position since 2014. He is also a member of the Executive Council of Dubai and Vice Chairman of Dubai Judicial Institute.

    Prior to his current position, Al Mansouri was the Assistant General Commander for Administrative Affairs at Dubai Police. During his tenure at Dubai Courts since 2014, Al Mansouri made major

    Tarish Eid Al Mansouri's Expertise :

    • Deputy Director of the General Directorate of National Security
    • Director of Department of Administrative and Subjectivity Affairs (Dubai Police)
    • Director of Department of Planning and Development (Dubai Police)
    • Director of Department of Human Resources (Dubai Police)
    • Assistant General Commander for Administrative Affairs
    • Dubai Courts General Manager

    Tarish Eid Al Mansouri Educational Qualification:

    • Post – Graduate Diploma (Private Law).
    • Bachelor of Arts in Law.
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Policy
    • Diploma in Security Studies.
  • Judge Barney Thomas

    Judge Evangelos M. Thomas

    Judge Auckland District Court, New Zealand

    Judge Barney Thomas has been a judge of the District Court of New Zealand since 2011. He holds general and criminal jury warrants. For ten years until 2005, he was a Crown prosecutor in New Zealand, mainly prosecuting criminal jury trials. He then worked at New Zealand’s Crown Law Office, the Office of the Solicitor-General, representing the Crown on criminal appeals and managing extradition cases.

    In 2006 has was a member of legal/diplomatic missions to Rwanda, helping Rwandan authorities to build war crimes cases, and to the United States, where he helped negotiate an updated NZ-US extradition treaty.

    From 2007 until 2011 he was a prosecuting trial attorney at the United NationsInternational Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, responsible for prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has been involved directly in the International Framework for Court Excellence as part of the NZ Chief District Court Judge’s IFCE Committee since 2013.

  • Judge Jennifer Marie

    Judge Jennifer Marie

    Deputy Chief District Judge/Registrar Subordinate Courts, Singapore

    Jennifer Marie is the Deputy Presiding Judge and Registrar of the State Courts (Singapore). She performs both judicial and administrative functions at the State Courts.

    Ms Marie graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1983. Subsequently, she obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of London in 1990. She joined the Legal Service and was posted to the then Crime Division of the Attorney- General’s Chamber as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel.

    There she rose to be a Chief Prosecutor at the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1999 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2016 for her invaluable contributions to the administration of justice.

    There she rose to be a Chief Prosecutor at the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1999 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2016 for her invaluable contributions to the administration of justice.

    She has been appointed as a Principal Mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre and also a Healthcare Mediator. She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Consortium for Court Excellence and has delivered a number of papers at international conferences and meetings on the State Courts journey towards greater organisational excellence in the administration of justice. In addition to her judicial and administrative functions, she is also an Adjunct Professor at the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore and co-teaches a course on Advanced Criminal Legal Process. She is also currently the Executive Secretary of the Singapore After-Care Association and has been a member of it since 1983.

  • Ali Shamis Al Madhani

    Judge Ali Shamis Al Madhani

    Judge DIFC Courts

    In January 2008, H.E. Ali Shamis Al Madhani was sworn in as a Judge of the DIFC Courts, and in April 2008 he was appointed and sworn in as a Judge of the DIFC Courts Court of Appeal. He was later appointed as a member of the Joint Committee of the Dubai Courts.

    He began his judicial career in 1994 until 1998 as a Public Prosecutor for Dubai Public Prosecution. In 1998, he was appointed by the Ruler of Dubai to serve as a Judge in the Dubai Courts. During his tenure as a Dubai Courts’ Judge, he was adjudicated over a large number of major commercial, criminal and civil cases.

    H.E. Justice Ali Al Madhani is the Current Chairman of the Middle East Board for Courts Administration under the International Association for Court Administration (IACA).

  • Tun Zaki Bin Azmi

    Judge Tun Zaki Bin Azmi

    Judge DIFC Courts

    Justice Tun Zaki Bin Azmi joined the DIFC Courts in December 2013. He retired as the Chief Justice of Malaysia in September 2011, upon reaching the retirement age of judges of the superior courts in Malaysia. His greatest achievement as the 12th Chief Justice was to clear the outstanding backlog of cases affecting the Malaysian Courts and to reduce the hearing time for newly filed cases, an achievement which was recognised by the World Bank.

    He held the post of Chief Justice of Malaysia for three years, having previously served as the President of the Court of Appeal. He was elevated directly as a Federal Judge on September 5, 2007.

  • Nassir Al Nasser

    Nassir Al Nasser

    SCT Judge & Registrar DIFC Courts

    Nassir was appointed as a DIFC Courts’ Judicial Officer in December 2012. In 2017 he was appointed as an SCT Judge and Registrar. Nassir is a graduate of the University of Middlesex (UK) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. Nassir is also the first Emirati to join the DIFC Courts whose primary legal training has been in English common law.

    Prior to joining the DIFC Courts, Nassir undertook a training programme with Dubai Public Prosecutor’s Officer and Dubai Courts as an intern. Nassir works closely with the DIFC Courts’ international and national Judges, providing judicial support by undertaking legal research, sitting on Small Case Tribunal (SCT) proceedings and sitting in Case Management conference and application hearings.

  • Roger Bilodeau

    Roger Bilodeau, QC

    Registrar Supreme Court of Canada

    Roger Bilodeau is a native of Ste-Agathe, Manitoba (Canada).  He studied common law in French and received his law degree (LL.B.) from the Université de Moncton in 1981. In 1987, he completed graduate studies in law (LL.M.) at Duke University in the United States.

    He has been admitted to the Law Society of Manitoba, the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Law Society of Upper Canada.  He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association.

    He has practiced law in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario. He was also a professor of law at the Faculté de droit de l'Université de Moncton. From 1999 to 2003, he had the privilege of serving as Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice for New Brunswick.

    He also worked with a Canadian consortium on a capacity-building project aimed at strengthening democratic governance in Iraq, focusing on the management of language diversity and the protection and the promotion of human rights, as well as women's political participation.

    During the course of his career, he has presented cases in both official languages in all Manitoba and New Brunswick courts, in the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia, as well as in the Federal Court of Canada. He also acted as one of the senior counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into Air India Flight 182.

    Since March 2009, he occupies the position of Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). The Registrar:

    heads the overall administration of the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada, under the direction of the Chief Justice;

    exercises quasi-judicial powers in accordance with the Supreme Court Act and Rules;

    administers the Judges Act in regard to its application to the Judges of the SCC; and

    participates in selected outreach activities on behalf of the SCC, including SCC delegations in regard to the activities and meetings of various international associations of supreme courts from numerous countries.

    In his capacity as Registrar, he is also a member of the Heads of Court Administration (HoCA), a national committee which brings together the lead government officials responsible for court services in all Canadian jurisdictions.

  • Jessica Der Matossian

    Jessica Der Matossian

    Registrar Federal Court of Australia

    Jessica Der Matossian is the Judicial Registrar, Digital Practice of the Federal Court of Australia. She is also Secretariat of the Judges’ Digital Practice Committee and Chair of the Courts’ Artificial Intelligence Committee.

    Jessica is responsible for driving digital innovations and business plans for each national practice area of the Federal Court. She has been instrumental in developing a digital hearings platform, improving the existing practices and procedures to support a ‘working digitally’ environment, and introducing advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and the mining of big data for the benefit of dispute resolution, and administrative registrar decisions.

    Jessica holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Western Sydney University. She was admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in October 2014.

  • Amna Sultan Al Owais

    Amna Al Owais

    Chief Executive DIFC Courts

    Amna joined the DIFC Courts in 2006, she became the Deputy Registrarin 2008 and Deputy Chief Executive of the Dispute Resolution Authority in 2014. Previous to her employment at the DIFC Courts, she practiced as a lawyer in the litigation department with Hadef Al Dhahiri and Associates (Hadef& Partners now) in Dubai. Prior to that, she trained at the UAE Ministry of Justice and was admitted to practice in both the Dubai local and federal courts. Amna obtained her Masters (LLM) with Commendation in International Commercial Law from Kingston University, London.

    In addition to her role as Registrar of DIFC Courts she is also Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World, Chairwoman of the DIFC Courts’ Users’ Committee, a member of the Consulting Council for the University of Sharjah College of Law. In 2014, after an extensive selection process Amna was selected to join the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development – the Young Leaders category and in the same year, appointed to the Advisory Board of the International Bar Association's Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee.

    Amna has played a key part in the establishment and development of the DIFC Courts and creation of the Dispute Resolution Authority in 2014. She spearheaded the establishment of the DIFC Courts’ Pro-Bono Programme launched in 2009, which is the first scheme of its kind in the Middle East. In 2011 Amna was recognised by the International Bar Association as one of the top 3 young lawyers in the world.

    Within her role as Registrar of DIFC Courts Amna undertakes various judicial functions and other duties as prescribed in Article 17 of the DIFC Courts Law No. 10 of 2004. AsRegistrar of the Small Claims Tribunal, one of the busiest of the DIFC Courts, Amna coordinates all of the claims lodged and undertakes case consultations with the parties.

  • Daniel J Hall

    Daniel J Hall

    Vice President National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

    DANIEL J. HALL is Vice President of the NationalCenter for State Courts (NCSC), Court Consulting Services Division in Denver, Colorado. He is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of consulting work and the provision of technical assistance to the nation's courts through the NCSC which is headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia.

    He has overseen more than 1700 court consulting projects in the US over the course of his career. Before joining the NCSC in July 2001, he was the Director of Planning and Analysis for the Colorado Judicial Department.

    In that role, he served as the Legislative Liaison for the Judicial Branch as well as the Executive Director of the State Commission on Judicial Performance.

    Since joining NCSC he has directed the development of CourTools (2005) and guided the revision of the Conference of Chief Justices’/Conference of State Court Administrators’/American Bar Association’s Model Time Standards (2011).

    In addition he led the development of the Principles for Judicial Administration (2013) to assist courts as they strive to be efficient, effective, fair and secure adequate funding. His Division is currently providing staff support to the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ)/Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) Fines, Fees and Bail Task Force and their Opioid Task Force.

    He was the NCSC lead on providing technical assistance to courts during the 2003 and 2009 fiscal crises. In addition, he has provided court consulting services internationally working in Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Greece, Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Singapore.

    He is a founding member of the International Consortium for Court Excellence(ICCE) that produces the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE).

    He serves as the Chair of the Consortium’s Executive Committee. He has worked to implement the IFCE in eighteen countries.

    The IFCE is a tool countries can use to assess how well their judicial services are being delivered. He has served as an adjunct professor at Denver University College of Law.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Chittu Nagarajan

    Chittu Nagarajan

    Co-founder Modria

    Chittu Nagarajan Co-founded Modria - the world's leading online dispute resolution platform and is the Managing Director of Modria India. Modria.com was acquired by Tyler Technologies in 2017. She is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) at UMass- Amherst and a founding member of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR).

    Chittu has worked in the dispute resolution field for more than 20 years as a mediator, trainer, and consultant. She is a thought leader and pioneer in the field of ODR for the last 18 years. She was also the head of eBay and PayPal Community Courts and founder of one of the first ODR platforms - ODRINDIA and ODRWORLD. Her expertise in the ODR field includes research, teaching, policy making, auditing, analysis, design and execution. She was the Chair and hosted the International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution in February 2011 in Chennai, India.

    She holds a Master’s degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution to Ecommerce Disputes, a Graduate degree in Law and BA in History.

  • Mark Beer OBE

    Mark Beer OBE

    President-elect IACA

    In addition to his role as Chief Executive of the DRA, Mark is a Judge of the Courts’ Small Claims Tribunal, a Member of the Rules Subcommittee and Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World. In 2010 Mark was appointed for a year's term as a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the International Legal System and he remains a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Justice. Mark is also the President-Elect of the International Association for Court Administration and a member of The International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    Under Mark's direction, the Courts have secured a reputation as one of the most efficient and advanced commercial courts in the world. He has overseen the launch of various firsts for the Middle East, including a Code of Professional Conduct, a Pro Bono programme, a common law training academy and a Wills and Probate Registry. He has played a key role in the development of the Courts’ many formalised relationships with partner judicial systems and was involved in negotiating the memoranda signed with courts in New York, England & Wales, Shanghai, South Korea, Singapore, Kenya and Australia. He has also been at the forefront of the Courts’ commitment to service excellence, with the DIFC Courts becoming the first court in the world to receive accreditation pursuant to The International Standards for Service Excellence (TISSE), and the first non-Federal entity to receive 5 Stars under the UAE's Government Service Rating Scheme.

    Mark was instrumental in the creation of the DIFC's Dispute Resolution Authority, which hosts the DIFC Courts, the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, the DIFC Wills Service Centre and the DIFC Academy of Law. The Authority was established in 2014 and shortly after its creation Mark was appointed Chief Executive.

    One of the latest DIFC Courts initiatives under Mark’s guidance, was the launch of the Courts of the Future Forum, which was assembled to design guidelines and prototype a commercial court that can operate anywhere worldwide. The initiative will help create certainty for businesses, investors and entrepreneurs currently unsure of the legal implications of rapid technological change.

    Mark joined the DIFC Courts after five years working at MasterCard Worldwide in Dubai where he served as the company’s Regional Legal Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa and was later promoted to Vice President, heading MasterCard’s Government Relations and Corporate Services across the same region. Previously, Mark worked in the corporate finance team of Man Investments in Switzerland and prior to that in private practice both in the UK and the UAE.

    Beer has twice been named in the 'Top 50 most influential Brits in the UAE' by ArabianBusiness.com. He is also listed as one of the 100 most influential people in Dubai. He has twice been shortlisted by the Law Society of England and Wales as the UK's Solicitor of the Year - In-House and became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for outstanding work in strengthening relations between the UK and the UAE.

  • Reem Al Shihhe

    Reem Al Shihhe

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer Dispute Resolution Authority

    Reem began her career in Human Resources with the DIFC Authority and joined the DIFC Courts in January 2011 as the Head of Human Resources and Business Excellence. In 2013, under Reem’s direction and as a result of DIFC Courts commitment to court excellence, DIFC Courts became the first court in the world to achieve the International Standard for Service Excellence (TISSE) certification.

    In 2014 the DIFC Courts, led by Reem, attained the 5 Star Customer Excellence Award by the UAE Prime Minister – the first non-federal UAE government entity to do so. Following her success in 2015, Reem graduated from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development – the Young Leaders category.

    In 2016, Reem became the International Consortium for Court Excellence Representative for DIFC Courts and Member of the Executive Committee following the DIFC Courts proudly becoming a member of the International Consortium for Court Excellence (ICCE), becoming one of the premier league Courts, working actively to assist judiciaries across the world to adopt the International Framework for Court Excellence.

    Most recently Reem became the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Dispute Resolution Authority, the third body of the DIFC, alongside the DIFC Authority and the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

  • Peter Lee

    Peter Lee

    Chief Executive Wavelength Law

    Peter is CEO and co-founder of Wavelength where he is responsible for all aspects of the business, including legal service delivery and general commercial matters. He is an experienced commercial lawyer, having trained and worked in the City of London with Bird & Bird LLP and at various in-house legal teams in the mobile security, professional services, financial services and IT outsourcing sectors. The Legal 500 recommends him as “a particularly good engineering specialist” with “a first-class City background”.

    Wavelength is based in Cambridge and London, UK. They are the world’s first and only regulated firm of Legal Engineers – acting for global law firms, legal teams and judiciaries. In 2017, Wavelength won the first Online Courts Hackathon. It was jointly staged by the Judiciary of England and Wales, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, the Society for Computers and Law, and Legal Geek. Wavelength’s winning solution was a digital pathfinder using a voice interface, decision logic and document automation tools that was developed to be easy to use by the public.

  • Keith R. Fisher

    Keith R. Fisher

    Principal Consultant and Senior Counsel National Center For State Courts (NCSC)

    An honors graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University Law Center, Keith Fisher joined the National Center for State Courts in 2015 as Principal Consultant and Senior Counsel for Domestic and International Court Initiatives. He is an experienced lawyer and law professor and is a nationally known expert on domestic and international financial services regulation and legal and judicial ethics. Recent speaking engagements on domestic and international judicial ethics include the Center for Judicial Ethics National Judicial College, the International Conference on Court Excellence in Singapore, the Professional Responsibility Training Session for Immigration Judges, and a American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Symposium on Improving the Greek Court System. He also serves on the Board of Editors for UNESCO publications on judicial bioethics.

    Keith is a member of the A.B.A. Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and recently completed a three-year term as chair of the Business Law Section’s Professional Responsibility Committee. He was the principal drafter of the A.B.A.’s amicus curiae briefs (at both the certiorari and merits stages) to the U.S. Supreme Court in Caperton v. Massey Coal Co. (dealing with the due process ramifications of a judge’s refusal to recuse).

    Keith has considerable experience in large law firm practice where, among other things, he worked on Supreme Court and other appellate matters with E. Barrett Prettyman, Jr. and (now Chief Justice) John Roberts. While a full-time professor of law, he taught ethics, constitutional law, contracts, and virtually all courses in the domestic and international banking, commercial, and business law curriculum. His published scholarship has appeared in a wide variety of law reviews and anthologies, and some of his articles have won prizes or honoraria or been cited in judicial opinions. He is currently the author of the Lexis-Nexis Matthew Bender Banking Law Manual.

    Keith also has a degree in music theory and composition and studied as a child at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He studied composition with Roger Sessions Edward T. Cone, and Milton Babbitt, among others. Keith had a leading role in the Franco-Swiss docudrama Cleveland vs. Wall Street, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. He enjoys racquet sports, is an avid chess and bridge player, and has a love of learning about foreign languages and cultures. He speaks French, Italian, German, Spanish, Greek, and a smattering of Japanese.

  • Marcus Lim Tao Shien

    Marcus Lim Tao Shien

    Executive Director SIMI

    Currently the Executive Director of SIMI, which is Singapore’s first professional accreditation standards body for mediation, his responsibilities include co-ordinating & running outreach workshops in mediation with SIMI’s partners both within Singapore as well as around the world.

    Marcus’ background in mediation extends almost a decade, receiving his formal training in mediation skills at the NUS Faculty Of Law Mediation Workshop under Associate Professor Joel Lee Tye Beng, a pioneer and luminary of the Singapore mediation community. Marcus was also accredited as a professional Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre prior to the completion of his legal education.

    Marcus’ passion for mediation and negotiation extends to his work in the teaching, coaching and training fields as well.

    Recently, he was accepted as Consultant with CM Partners, a global leader in negotiation, communication, strategic relationship management, and leadership development whose methods were first conceived at the Harvard Negotiation Project. In 2018, he was also invited to join the panel of Associate Trainers for the Civil Service College, the leading learning and education institution for the Singapore Public Service.

    Prior to his role at SIMI, Marcus was an associate with Rajah & Tann LLP, one of the largest law firms in Singapore, advising a variety of international and local firms on cutting edge issues relating to competition, telecommunication and technology law.

  • David Vaughn

    David Vaughn

    Chief of Party USAID

    David Vaughn is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating legal and judicial reform projects throughout Europe and Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America. He acted as Rule of Law Advisor for the American Bar Association's Central Europe and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) in Kazakhstan, helping to establish a regional bar association, a judicial advocacy organization, and a legislative drafting office.

    Mr. Vaughn also served as Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Russian-American Judicial Partnership in Moscow, Russia, where he led judicial education and court administration programs. As a Senior Manager at Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm based in Washington, DC, he supervised and provided technical guidance to rule of law and commercial law reform projects in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Russia, and Zambia.

    Mr. Vaughn also served as Chief of Party for the USAID Women’s Legal Rights Initiative, a worldwide project that focused on legal drafting, justice sector enforcement, civil society advocacy, and public awareness with activities in Albania, Benin, Guatemala, Madagascar, Rwanda, and regional programs in southern Africa that included Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland. As a member of the board of directors of Chemonics International, he contributed to the transition of the company from private to employee ownership.

    Mr. Vaughn currently serves as Chief of Party for the USAID/Ukraine New Justice Program, which focuses on strengthening judicial independence and self-governance, increasing judicial accountability and transparency, improving the administration of justice, raising the quality of legal education, and expanding access to justice and protection of human rights.

    He holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, as well as a M.A. in political science and B.A. in Russian from the University of Vermont. Mr. Vaughn also completed a certificate program in mediating disputes at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He speaks Ukrainian, Russian, French, and Spanish.

  • Seah Chi Ling

    Seah Chi-Ling

    District Judge/Senior Director State Courts of Singapore

    Profile will be updated soon...

  • David M. Masuhara

    David M. Masuhara

    Justice Supreme Court of British Columbia

    Justice Masuhara is a justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. He was appointed in 2002 and sits in Vancouver, B.C. He has been engaged in court technology matters for many years and chairs the Joint Courts Technology Committee (Court of Appeal and Supreme Court). He is a member of the British Columbia Court Services Technology Board which oversees planning and resourcing for technology for the courts. He is past chair of the Judicom Advisory Board, which oversees the national network for the federal judiciary. He is also a past governor of the Law Foundation of B.C. He is a frequent speaker on technology and class actions. He recently completed a term as the Inns of Court Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. His area of research was artificial intelligence and adjudication. He is presently participating in a provincial initiative to leverage innovative AI technologies that will assist the justice system to modernize and be more sustainable.

  • Kyle Snowdon

    Kyle Snowdon

    Vice President - International Sales Tyler Technologies

    Mr. Snowdon has spent his entire career focused on assisting courts around the world plan for and implement technology solutions that fundamentally improve the administration of justice. Mr. Snowdon has worked for Tyler Technologies for 11 years focusing on technologies that expand access to justice around the world. Prior to Tyler Technologies Mr. Snowdon spent the previous eight years helping courts strategically plan for the implementation of technology solutions.

    Focus for Discussion:
    Focusing on increasing access to justice through the deployment of technologies at scale to fundamentally improve our society. Many of these technologies start and live as "good ideas" for years with little impact on our society. Tyler Technologies specializes on taking those good ideas and deploying them at scale across thousands of courts and the millions of residents that those courts serve. I will discuss these technologies at a generic level, such as Electronic Filing or Online Dispute Resolution, and the methods we use to deploy these once good ideas at a large scale that fundamentally “move the needle” in access to justice. Specific focus will be paid on those technologies that focus on the underserved and unrepresented litigants in the justice process.

  • Jeremy Cooke

    Jeremy Cooke

    Judge Commercial Court

    High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division, 2001, appointed to the Commercial Court, 2003.

    Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit 2007-2011.President of East Sussex Magistrates Association 2008- 2012.

    Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court from Easter 2012 to January 2014, specialising in commercial litigation.

    LecturesAs Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, I have frequently lectured on the background to and future of the Commercial Court. In 2014 I visited the DIFC and spoke about the current trends in the Commercial Court in London.

    In 2013 I gave a series of talks to series of talks to judges, lawyers and students in Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, on case management, professional ethics and corruption. Between 2012 and 2015 I have given similar talks and led seminars with lawyers from the Ukraine, the Caucuses and Eastern Europe about integrity, corruption, professional standards and ethics.

    CareerArticled Clerk with Speechly Mumford and Soames 1971-1973, admitted as a solicitor 1973. Practised with Coward Chance, now Clifford Chance 1973-1976 in commercial litigation and general corporate and commercial work.

    Called to the Bar 1976 (Lincoln’s Inn), Droop Scholar. Practised at the Commercial Bar at 7 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London EC2V 7LD, specialising in Commercial Court and Arbitration work.

    Sat regularly as an Arbitrator from 1988 onwards. Accredited Mediator with CEDR since December 1996. Appointed QC 1990. Assistant Recorder 1994, Recorder 1998 - crime and the ordinary civil jurisdiction. Head of Chambers 1999-2001. Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2001. Member of Combar and Supporting Member of LMAA.


    • Whitgift School, 1959-1966.
    • St Edmund Hall, Oxford (Open Exhibition in history to read law) 1967-1970.
    • Rugby Blues 1968 and 1969.
    • MA 1st Class Honours in Jurisprudence.


    • Harlequins RFC 1970-75.
    • Reader in the Church of England.
    • Member of National Club and Vincent’s Club.
    • Advisory Board of International Association of English In Law and Insurance.
    • Golf, singing.
  • Dr. Ramzan AlNoaimi

    Dr. Ramzan AlNoaimi

    Judge High Civil Court

    Dr. Ramzan AlNoaimi is a Judge at the High Civil Court in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Dr. AlNoaimi received his Doctorate degree in (2016) from Georgetown University Law Center. Formerly, he served as the Director of the Judicial and Legal Studies Institute as well as an Assistant Professor in the College of Law at the University of Bahrain. His academic and professional interests are in areas of Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. He is also interested in studies of courts management and courts excellence.

  • Kashim Zannah

    Kashim Zannah

    Chief Judge High Court of Borno State, Nigeria

    Hon Justice Kashim Zannah, OFR, is the Chief Judge of the High Court of Borno State, Nigeria. Called to the Bar in the year 1984, his career spanspublic prosecution, magistracy, judicial administration and elevation to the High Court bench in the year 1997 and appointment as Chief Judge on the 3rd day of January 2006.

    His lordship is active on several international bodies in the field of judicial education and justice generally. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network (GJIN) under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    He serves on the Boards of Directors of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL), Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI), International Institute for Justice Excellence (IIJE), The Hague andis Deputy President of the International Organisation for Judicial Training (IOJT).

    At the national level, he chairs the Judicial Information Technology Policy Committee (JITPO-COM) of the National Judicial Council, the committee implementing a nationwide project for the automation of court processes. The committee undertook the development and is deploying the bespoke Nigerian Case Management System (NCMS) across three tiers of courts and the Nigerian Legal Email Service (NILES).

  • Dominique Hascher

    Dominique Hascher

    Judge French Supreme Judicial Court

    Dominique Hascher is a Judge of the French Supreme Judicial Court and an International Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

    He joined the French judiciary in 1982 and was General Counsel and Deputy-Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) from 1990 to 1998.

    He received his LL.B from the University of Paris (1977) and an LL.M from Harvard Law School (1983) with a Fulbright Scholarship.

    Judge Hascher was elected Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn (London) in 2004, a Member of the American Law Institute in 2007 and a Member of the Governing Board of ICCA in 2012 (cochair of the Judiciary Committee in 2017).

  • Dr. Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo

    Dr. Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo

    Cloud Technology Endowed Associate Professor University of Texas at San Antonio

    Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo received the Ph.D. in Information Security in 2006 from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He currently holds the Cloud Technology Endowed Professorship at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

    In 2016, he was named the Cybersecurity Educator of the Year - APAC (Cybersecurity Excellence Awards are produced in cooperation with the Information Security Community on LinkedIn), and in 2015 he and his team won the Digital Forensics Research Challenge organized by Germany's University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

    He is the recipient of the 2018 UTSA College of Business Col. Jean Piccione and Lt. Col. Philip Piccione Endowed Research Award for Tenured Faculty, IEEE TrustCom 2018 Best Paper Award, ESORICS 2015 Best Research Paper Award, 2014 Highly Commended Award by the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, Fulbright Scholarship in 2009, 2008 Australia Day Achievement Medallion, and British Computer Society's Wilkes Award in 2008.

    He was a visiting expert at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), Singapore, between Aug 2015 and Feb 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, an IEEE Senior Member, and an Honorary Commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

  • Kim Kwang

    Paul Sachs

    Founder and Chief Technology Officer CaseLines

    Profile will be updated soon.

  • Mohammed Alsuboosi

    Mohammed Alsuboosi

    Justice of the Dubai Commercial Court Dubai Courts

    Judge Mohammed Alsuboosi joined Dubai Courts in 1999 and has been the Chief of the Commercial Court since 2014.

    He previously presided the commercial circuit in Appeal Court and worked on a variety of cases before this court.

    He also presided circuit of Summary Proceedings in Dubai Courts and dealt particularly with Commercial and Civil execution matters, interim, and conservatory applications.

    Judge Alsuboosi graduated as Government Leader from Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development, And holds a Bachelor's degree in law & Diploma degree in Police science from Dubai Police Academy, and a Higher Diploma degree from the Dubai judicial Institute.

    He played an important role in securing Dubai Courts' first position in terms of judicial work in the region pursuant to the Doing Business report by the World Bank, And was generally recognized for his achievements in terms of improving Dubai's courts performance.

    Finally, he undertook several projects to modernize the judicial work at the court through the development of online and smart services.

  • Sia Lagos

    Sia Lagos

    Principal Judicial Registrar and National Operations Registrar Federal Court of Australia

    Sia Lagos is the Principal Judicial Registrar and National Operations Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia.

    Sia’s dynamic approach has earned her a reputation as an exceptional leader and reformer in the legal field across both State and Federal jurisdictions.

    As the Principal Judicial Registrar and National Operations Registrar of the Federal Court, Sia is responsible for the design, implementation and ongoing operation of the Court’s National Court Framework. This framework governs the Court's case management systems and has modernised its operations so that the Court can operate highly effectively as a truly national and international Court and meet the demands of a wide range of litigants.

    Sia works closely with the Chief Justice of the Court and all of its judges nationally. Her wide-ranging role includes the careful analysis and allocation of the Court’s first-instance and appellate judicial work nationally on behalf of the Chief Justice. In addition, Sia is also responsible for the in-depth analysis, reporting and monitoring of the Court’s judicial workload across its nine national practice areas and appeals, and the development of key policy and practice to support the National Court Framework.

    In one of her most engaging roles, Sia provides direct support for judges nationally by undertaking complex mediations and case management in the most challenging of cases. Sia ranks amongst the most successful and respected mediators nationally by conducting Court-annexed mediations for the Court, with particular expertise in large multi-party commercial, competition class action and industrial cases.

    One of Sia’s passions in her role within the Court is working closely with foreign Courts to assist them in achieving their aims of building a strong and effective judicial system within their jurisdiction. In particular, Sia has played a key role in this field in Indonesia, taking part in delivering workshops and judicial training programs since 2008 as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Supreme Court of Indonesia and the Federal Court under the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice funded by the Australian government. In this role, Sia has supported the development of institutional frameworks for class actions and mediation within Indonesia.

    Prior to her current role, Sia was the District Registrar for Victoria, managing the Court’s operations locally. It was during this period that Sia developed many of the management structures and innovative mediation techniques that she has now brought to the Court nationally.

    Before coming to the Federal Court, Sia was the Director of Legal Services, for the Victorian WorkCover Authority. During this time she was also the Authority’s managing lawyer in the Longford Royal Commission, the prosecution of Esso Australia in the Supreme Court and the Building Industry Royal Commission.

    Prior to her State and Federal public sector leadership and management roles, Sia built a reputation since 1986 in private practice as a formidable litigator in both civil and criminal litigation.

  • Michael Black QC

    Michael Black QC

    Advocate and Arbitrator

    Michael Black QC is an international disputes lawyer specialising in international arbitration and offshore litigation both as Advocate and Arbitrator. The guides have described him as “a superb and seasoned professional” and refer to his “extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration disputes related to the construction, energy and funds sectors … sources consider him a “great name” in London and internationally”. In the court-room his “amazing eye for detail” and “brilliant legal mind” are said to be a “deadly combination” and “his cross-examinations are something to behold”.

    While his practice is truly global, Michael is well known for his Middle East practice having acted throughout his career in cases concerning the Region. An internationally acknowledged expert in civil procedure, he was retained to draft the procedure rules for the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (“DIFC”) and was also consulted on the drafting of the DIFC Arbitration Law. He was the first barrister to be admitted to the bar of the DIFC Courts and appeared in both the first trial (shareholders’ dispute) and the first appeal (appeal against freezing injunction). Chambers and Partners 2016 calls him a “go-to person on DIFC matters” and “singled out for his extensive knowledge of UAE law”. In addition Michael has substantial experience in the PRC, India and Africa.

  • Nour Hineidi Kirk

    Nour Hineidi Kirk

    Deputy Registrar DIFC Courts

    Nour Hineidi Kirk was appointed as Deputy Registrar of the DIFC Courts in February 2018.

    Nour’s main role is to work in tandem with the Registrar, helping to ensure seamless operation of the Courts. Her duties include maintaining the momentum of existing Registry measures, which aim at ensuring increasing efficiency through the accomplishment of technology and human experience. She also focusses on professional development and supporting UAE nationals to pursue senior careers within the DIFC Courts. In addition, Nour consults with the DIFC Courts judges to assist them in carrying out their duties.

    Prior to joining the Courts, Nour practiced in the Dubai office of a large international firm. She has over ten years legal experience in Australia and the Middle East, with her expertise concentrated in international commercial arbitration and litigation across a broad range of sectors.

  • Dr Habib Al Mulla

    Dr Habib Al Mulla

    Chairman Baker McKenzie

    Dr Habib is one of the UAE’s most highly respected legal authorities. He has over 33years’ experience in UAE law and has drafted many of the modern legislative structures in place in Dubai today. Dr Habib is a strong advocate for the improvement and modernisation of UAE Laws. He is a frequent commentator on the legislation and economy of the UAE and is often consulted to draft and advise on Federal and Emirate level laws.

    Dr Habib focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He is the chairman of the board of trustees for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and is Chairman of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) UAE Committee.

    He created the concept of financial free zones in the UAE and was the architect of the legal framework establishing the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the first financial free zone in the UAE. Dr Habib also served as Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

    Dr Habib has held numerous prominent government positions over the years, including being a member of the UAE Federal National Council, the federal parliament of the UAE, member of the Legislative Committee, in charge of reviewing federal legislation, member of the Economic Committee, in charge of reviewing fiscal and economic policy of the federation, Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies, in charge of training judges and prosecutors in the Emirate of Dubai and Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association.

    He has published many books and articles on the UAE law and economy, including a two part book on his life’s work titled Life’s Harvest, a definitive selection of his writings on the laws, politics and economy of the UAE over the last 26 years. He is also a regular commentator in the media and a prominent speaker at many events and conferences within the UAE and internationally.

    Dr Habib holds an LLB in Shari’a and law from the UAE University, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

  • Essam Al Tamimi

    Essam Al Tamimi

    Senior Partner Al Tamimi & Company

    In 1989, Essam Al Tamimi established what is now the largest law firm in the Middle East, Al Tamimi & Company and currently holds the position of Senior Partner at the firm. Essam has over 34 years of experience in litigation and arbitration in the UAE and the GCC countries covering almost all fields of law, both private and public law, including matters relating to corporate and commercial law, banking and financial law, real estate and property law, across several industries and sectors.

    Essam has assisted federal and local governments in drafting laws and regulations relating to the Telecommunications Law Authority, Dubai Internet and Media City, assisted in the privatisation of Abu Dhabi’s water and electricity and played a major role in drafting the ADWEA laws and regulations. He has supported the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in drafting the Federal Industrial Law and implementing regulations, contributed to the drafting of the relevant laws for establishing several Free Zones in the UAE and assisted the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority in drafting a number of laws and regulations.

    Essam’s primary focus consists of acting as a counsel and an arbitrator at a number of disputes regionally and internationally. He is actively involved in the development of arbitration laws and for the training and development of arbitration across the region. Essam also currently sits on a number of boards and advisory councils. He has authored several books and articles, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the Gulf legal market.

  • Oliver Bolthausen

    Oliver Bolthausen

    Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes DWF

    Oliver Bolthausen is a German Rechtsanwalt / Attorney at Law and executive partner at DWF in Germany. His practice focuses in the areas of domestic and international Dispute Resolution (Arbitration, Business Litigation and Mediation).

    Oliver has served on arbitration tribunals as chairman and as counsel in arbitration proceedings across a variety of institutions (e.g. ICC, ICSID, ZCC, SCC, DIS….) and is a nominated arbitrator for various organisations. In addition, Oliver advises clients on appeal and international enforcement matters as well as on dispute management strategies. Oliver has significant experience working on complex commercial / contractual disputes and in known for his commercial understanding and creative negotiation capabilities.

    Oliver is the Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes at DWF, is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) in London and he is a Fellow with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AiAC)

  • Prof. Jingdong Liu

    Prof. Jingdong Liu

    Ph.D, Director International Economic Law Department

    Jingdong Liu, Ph.D, Director of International Economic Law Department, the Institute for International Law of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor of International Law. Vice-Chief Justice of No.4 Civil Tribunal of Supreme People’s Court of China (April, 2015-December, 2017), Vice President of WTO Law Research Society of China Law Society and Standing Member of Council of China’s Arbitration Law Society. He is Special Counselor of Supreme People’s Court of China, Arbitrator of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.

    • 1986—1990, Studied at the law faculty, China University of Political Sciences and Law, gained Law Bachelor.
    • 1990—1993, Studied at the Graduate School, Chinese University of Political Sciences and Law, majoring in International law, gained LLM.
    • 1998—2001, Studied at the Graduate School, Chinese University of Political Sciences and Law, majoring in International economic law, gained LL.D.
    • 2003-2005, Worked and studied as Post-Doctor in Law Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
    • Professor Liu was also visiting scholar of Columbia Law School of U.S from 2008-2009 and of Zurich University in 2010.

    Professor Liu has been engaged in research on International law, International economic law and International commercial law for a long time. Professor Liu has published many books, such as “Legal Issues on International Financial Leasing”, “The Interpretation on Articles of The Protocol of China’s Accession to WTO” and so on. He also publish a lot of articles in “Chinese Journal of Law”, “Chinese Review of International Law”, “Journal of World Trade”,etc. He has obtained Paper’s Reward of China ‘Society of International Law in 2012, and Paper’s Reward of WTO Law Research Society of China Law Society in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

  • Simon Bradford

    Simon Bradford

    Public Sector Director Microsoft Public Sector, MEA

    Simon brings a passion for technology and innovation as well as broad industry experience from his 18 years of working in Enterprise IT.

    Since joining Microsoft in 2008, where he was responsible for running the Justice Sector business in the UK, Simon has had a focus on modernising the sector and driving digital efficiencies. During this time Simon drove key projects such as the modernisation of the UK Judiciary with the “eJudiciary” project. The digital transformation of the UK Supreme Court, introduced Skype and the virtual trail concept into the courts as well implement the paperless working of the Magistrate and Crown Courts with the eBundle solution.

    In 2014 Simon moved into his current role as the Public Sector Director, Middle East and Africa (MEA). Bringing his experiences from the UK he has continued to drive modernisation in jurisdictions from Kenya to Nigeria, as well being involved in significant innovations in leading markets such as the UAE.

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