9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator
Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Arbitrator

9.40: Session one: Technology and international arbitration

Our esteemed panelists will discuss the latest in international arbitration and technology, including:

  • Artificial intelligence;
  • How recent developments in arbitration will affect the future of international arbitration.


  • Sana Belaïd, Senior Legal Counsel, Cisco, Member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration


  • Cameron Cuffe, Ashurst
  • Brandon Malone, Quadrant Chambers and Scottish Arbitration Centre
  • Robert Stephen, Registrar DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre

10.55: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: Procedural challenges in international arbitration

In this session our panelists will identify the procedural challenges that cause lengthy and costly arbitration proceedings as well as the tools available (or not) to address them. Drawing from specific scenarios that they have come across in their respective experiences.

Questions that are expected to be addressed include:

  • The impact of soft law on international arbitration proceedings;
  • The future of international arbitration;
  • The role of arbitrators, parties, institutions and governments in improving efficiency in arbitration;
  • Does international arbitration require innovation?
  • The limits of party autonomy;
  • Differences between common law and civil law and impact on proceedings.


  • Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Arbitrator


  • Antonia Birt, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
  • Nadine Debbas Achkar, Independent Arbitrator
  • Akram Abu El Huda, General Counsel and Director of Compliance, CICON
  • Charles Lilley, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

12.45: Networking lunch

14.00: Session three: Insurance and international arbitration

Our esteemed panellists will focus on insurance and reinsurance disputes, and particularly the causes of disputes, their common features, the industries in which they mainly arise and the best methods for their resolution.

Points expected to be discussed are:

  • Is ADR for insurance and reinsurance disputes helpful?
  • Damages and quantum, how are they assessed?
  • To what extent can insurers be guarantors;
  • Insurers pursuing subrogated claims (how this differs in the region from common law jurisdictions);
  • Insurers providing bonds and guarantees
  • Policy holder disputes. How have things changed since the UAE’s Federal Arbitration Law 2018 and the Insurance Authority’s Committees for the Settlement and resolution of Disputes?


  • Sam Wakerley, Holman Fenwick Willan


  • Brian Boahene, Ince
  • Peter Ellingham, Kennedys Law
  • Amir Ghaffair, Vinson & Elkins
  • Alfred Thornton, Clyde & Co

15.15: Coffee break

15.45: Session four: The GAR Live Debate

In Oxford Union style, we will hear teams of debaters argue in favour of, or against a motion. A panel of judges will then voice their opinions on what has been heard, before choosing which side to support and giving reasons for their decisions.

Motion: “This house believes that the erosion of arbitral immunity is to invite the guerrilla into the room.”


  • Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator


  • Alex Bevan, Shearman & Sterling
  • Richard Briggs, Hadef & Partners and Vice Chairman of Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre


  • Michael Black QC, XXIV Old Buildings
  • Anne K. Hoffmann, Independent Arbitrator
  • Amani Khalifa, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Tim Taylor QC, King & Wood Mallesons

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks

  • Alec Emmerson, Independent Arbitrator
  • Lara Hammoud, Senior Legal Counsel, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company


Abu Dhabi Global Market Building, ADGM Square
Al Maryah Island
Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Event Details
  • Location: Abu Dhabi
  • Start Date: 28/01/2020 9:00 am
  • End Date: 28/01/2020 5:15 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Antonia Birt