CIArb President Conducts Arbitration Workshops in UAE

By Saad Hegazy in Dubai

4 September 2012, Dubai, UAE – CIArb President Jeffrey Elkinson FCIArb, visited UAE between 3th and 5th of September 2012.  During his busy visit Jeffrey conducted many meeting with the arbitration stakeholders in UAE.  Jeffrey presented two main workshops and social events to the CIArb Members in UAE, one in Dubai on the 3rd of September and the second on 4th in Abu Dhabi.

“Integrity of the Tribunal” was the title of the workshop delivered by Jeffery in Dubai, who explained very important ideas including, why the integrity of the tribunal matters, modern principles of fairness, the challenge, how the tribunal should be formed and appointed, the ethics rules for international arbitration, communication, conflicts of interest, waiver, and the Med-Arb Theory, besides many other concepts and discussions.

The Abu Dhabi workshop was quite different, as beside Jeffery workshop; CIArb invited Arbitration Samples to deliver keynote speeches in the event, Dr. Magdy Kassim the Executive Manager Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Center ADCCAC started the evening and delivered general introduction also International Effect of the Arbitration Award Issued by the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre, Essam Al Tamimi (CIArb UAE Branch Patron) spoke about The Changing Face of International Arbitration, Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid (CIArb Regional Trustee) about The Role of National Courts in Strengthening Arbitration, at the end James Abbott (CIArb UAE Branch Vice-Chairman) moderated a Panel Discussion on Perspectives of International Arbitration.

Later in the presentation Jeffrey handed some of the CIArb Members their certificates, and a social gathering started later to this.

In the Picture Jeffery delivering Saad Hegazy the PM Journal International Correspondent his certificate

CIArb UAE branch will conduct many workshops and social events in the future, especially for the new members; these events were organized by the valued efforts of Michael Tonkin FCIArb and Lee Barry LLM.

Jeffrey Elkinson ( on the right) was born in Ireland, graduated from Trinity College Dublin and Kings Inns Dublin with three law degrees and, having practiced in Ireland as a barrister, moved to Hong Kong where he practiced there. Married to an Australian (where he is also called to the Bar), Jeffrey moved to Bermuda in 1988.

In addition to being a member of the Bars of Ireland, Hong Kong, New South Wales and Bermuda, Jeffrey is also a member of the Bars of England & Wales, New York, United States Court of International Trade, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Eastern Caribbean Supreme CourtHe is a Fellow of the Institute and Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator. Jeffrey was instrumental in establishing the Bermuda Branch of the Institute in 1994. He is a Director/Partner of Conyers Dill and Pearman Limited, the largest Bermudian law firm which has additional offices in Hong Kong, Moscow, Singapore, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Mauritius, Sao Paolo, Cyprus, Dubai and London.

His practice is in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, and he specializes in the areas of banking, trusts, insurance and reinsurance, construction, administrative law, telecommunications and energy. Chambers Global 2010 recognizes him as a leading dispute resolution lawyer and states that “Jeffrey is very well regarded for his prolific work on trusts cases and the strong telecoms expertise that supports his broad commercial litigation practice.” He is also recognized as a leader in his field in PLCWhich Lawyer 2010, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2010, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2010 and The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers 2010

Jeffrey is an active arbitrator, mediator and counsel in domestic and international disputes with appointments from the ICC, LCIA and the Chartered Institute. He is also a panelist for HKIAC Domain Name Disputes. He is a former tutor of international commercial arbitration diploma courses of the Chartered Institute, tutor for fellowship courses of the Chartered Institute and course director and tutor for its members’ courses. He is chairman of the Bermuda Bar Professional Conduct Committee and Justice of the Peace. Jeffrey is co-Author of the ICCA Handbook Bermuda Chapter, Spitz’ Tax Havens of the World and Butterworths Offshore Cases and Materials.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the world’s leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods.

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