12th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration

26-27 Feb 2024

Dubai English and Arabic CLPD, CLE, MCLE & CNB

The 12th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration will take place on 26-27 February 2024 in Dubai. Gathering over 250 participants, this must-attend event for arbitration professionals will help you to keep up to date with the latest trends, developments and strategies in arbitration in the Middle East. The conference will offer a line-up of top-class speakers, engaging discussions and excellent networking opportunities.

An ICC Institute of World Business Law Advanced Level Training on Documentary Evidence: Reassessing its role and value in international commercial arbitration – Focusing on critical key issues of M&A and construction disputes will take place on 26 February 2024. Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academic
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in the Middle East

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26 February: ICC Institute Training
27 February: Conference

ICC Institute of World Business Law Advanced Training  on Documentary Evidence:  
Reassessing its role and value in international commercial arbitration - Focusing on critical key issues of M&A and construction disputes 

Developed by:  

Mauricio Almeida Prado, Partner, MAP Negotiation and Arbitration, Brazil; Council Member, ICC Institute of World Business Law 

Blossom Hing, Director, Disputes and Restructuring & Insolvency, Drew & Napier LLC, Singapore; Institute member, ICC Institute of World Business Law 


Welcome address, introduction and presentation of the training 


Session 1: Strategic Deployment of Documentary Evidence 


In international arbitration, there is no one-size-fits-all to the treatment of evidence. This session will explore the nuances of a Tribunal’s approach to the evaluation of evidence generally and how parties can deploy documentary evidence strategically with other types of evidence to put their best case forward 




Coffee break 


Session 2: Maximizing the quality and efficiency of document production 


The scope of a document production process affects the duration and efficiency of the proceedings as well as costs for parties. This session will discuss the tools the Tribunal has in its kit to robustly case manage to streamline the document production process as well as the steps parties can take to ensure that the documentary evidence produced is germane to the key issues at hand. It will also suggest more efficient strategies for the parties to deal with this phase.  


Case scenarios 


Lunch Break 


Session 3: Documentary evidence and key issues of M&A disputes 


Arbitration has increasingly become the preferred method of dispute resolution for a wide range of high-value mergers and acquisition where the core issue centers on whether the commercial bargain struck was effectively embodied in the written agreements.  This session explores the many facets of this core issue and how documentary evidence helps in the interpretation of key terms, including representations and warranties in the written documents. 


Case scenarios 


Coffee break 


Session 4: Documentary evidence and key issues of Construction and Infrastructure disputes 


Large scale construction and infrastructure arbitrations are notorious for involving document intensive exercises which are expensive and time-consuming. This session will analyse how to deal with voluminous documents generated during day-to-day operations conflicting with terms in contractual agreements.  In addition, it will address what parties can do to shore up all relevant and critical documentary evidence while managing costs. 


Case scenarios 


Closing remarks 

Beyond 100: Arbitration, ADR and the Middle East

08.00 – 09.00

Registration and welcome coffee

09.00 – 09.15

Opening keynote

09.15 – 09.30

Welcome address

09.30 – 10.30

Fireside chat between the President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and guest speaker

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00

Party autonomy, between efficiency and enforceability: how is the balance struck?

- Mandatory rules of law vs party autonomy in international arbitration

- Party autonomy as a limit to arbitrator authority

- When institutional policy comes into play

- Party autonomy limits vs the role of the courts

- Limit of party autonomy when a State or state entity is involved

12.00 – 12.30


12.30 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.00

The wave of large-scale construction projects in the Middle East: choosing the adapted forum

- Arbitration vs ADR mechanisms in major construction projects: enforceability vs need for speed

- ADR services: current trends in dispute avoidance and how various tools such as informal assistance, mediation and adjudication can be used to prevent or minimise disputes

- Experts in arbitration: general landscape, the evolving scope and challenges

- Increasing popularity of Expedited Procedure Provisions and their inclusion in the FIDIC Green Book

15.00 – 15.30


15.30 16.00

Coffee break

16.00– 16.40

Arbitrators as lawmakers and the legal traditions in the MENA region

- Exploring the scope of arbitrators’ freedom in decision-making and its constraints

- Arbitrators as creators of rules in procedural and substantive matters

- Role and status of consistent arbitral decisions

- Is there an arbitral legal system?

- Arbitrators as settlement facilitators: an obvious statement or a step too far?

16.40 – 17.00


17.00 – 17.40

The ICC Court in Action: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Challenge of Arbitrators

A session where ICC Court members and a representative of the ICC Secretariat will simulate an ICC Court session to discuss in an interactive format (engaging the audience) an array of issues frequently arising in the challenges of arbitrators.

17.40 – 18.00

Closing remarks

18.00 – 20.00

Cocktail reception

The speakers will be announced soon.

Date and venue

Date of the training: 26 February 2024

Date of the conference: 27 February 2024

Venue: Sofitel Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road - PO BOX 126272, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Registration fees

Registration fees for non-ICC members: 



Early Bird (until 15 January 2024): AED 2120 (around €545) 

Standard (16 January - 8 February 2024): AED 3220 (around €828) 

Last Chance (9 - 26 February 2024): AED 3610 (around €928) 



Early Bird (until 15 January 2024): AED 2300 (around €592) 

Standard (16 January - 8 February 2024): AED 3360 (around €864) 

Last Chance (9 - 27 February 2024): AED 3760 (around €967) 


Package – Training and Conference (20% discount) 

Early Bird (until 15 January 2024): AED 3540 (around €911) 

Standard (16 January - 8 February 2024): AED 5270 (around €1356) 

Last Chance (9 - 26 February 2024): AED 5660 (around €1456) 


5% VAT will be applied. 


Registration fees for ICC members: 


20% discount on the above rates. Please contact your local NC to obtain your discount code. 


Special discounts 


FULL TIME in-House Counsel and Government representatives may attend the conference free of charge. LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE. 

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for 4. 
Full time Academics may benefit from a 20% discount. 

Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org for more details 

Travel and accommodation 

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

A quota of rooms with preferential rates is however available at the Sofitel Downtown Dubai, where the event is taking place. Participants may make their reservations directly with the hotel by filling in this booking form and emailing it back directly to the hotel with 12th ICC MENA Conference – Room reservation form as the email subject line. Please note that all reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.

We are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration and full payment of your registration fees.

Working languages

Simultaneous interpretation in English & Arabic for the conference.
The training will be held in English

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fee will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 26 January 2024. Cancellations after this date are not refundable.

Please be informed that any form of cancellation will incur a cancellation fee of 5% + 5% VAT of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant.

Subject to agreement from ICC UAE prior to the event, the registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge. Updated registration information will be required. Please note that ICC reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expense incurred by the participant.

Credits, hours and points

This event will be eligible for:

CLPD points from the State Bar of Dubai
CLE credits from the State Bar of New York
CNB credits from the French Bar
Please note that this is subject to validation of ICC Global Events' application (or individual application, as necessary).

Furthermore, ICC Global Events is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider
Please contact ICCGlobalEvents@iccwbo.org if you have any questions or would like further information.


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ICC MENA 2024: 12th ICC MENA Conference on International Arbitration

An opportunity for every marketing goal.


ICC offers your company many ways to sponsor this conference. Tailor-made packages are available to suit your firm’s needs. For more information contact sponsorship@iccwbo.org.





Sponsorship of the cocktail reception or dinner (as available)



Showcase your brand prominently on the ICC DRS App



Opportunity to host a social side event** (included in the official programme)


Guest contributor on the ICC blog

1 Article


Strategic logo placement in banners & collaterals


Testimonial quote on the event page*



Private meeting room reserved for 1 hour



Sponsor a lunch (will be co-sponsored as available) 


Participants list available in priority




Pop-up notification on the ICC DRS App

2 notifications

1 notification


Company video to be played during session breaks




Opportunity to provide lanyards OR Delegate Bags OR Notebooks & Pens OR Water Bottles (as available)**


Sponsor a coffee break (will be co-sponsored as available)


Exhibition space and exhibitor pass


Complimentary invitations to the cocktail or dinner reception




Complimentary registrations to the conference


Special reduced registrations (30% reduction


Company profile included on the ICC DRS app




Opportunity to Include a branded item in the participant bags**


Sponsor recognition on email and social media 

Use of the official event sponsor logo 

Maximum visibility with signage at the venue and on all digital materials

*All content to be approved by ICC

** Sponsor to bear all associated costs

Our sponsorship packages do not include speaking opportunities. Please let us know should you wish to submit a speaker candidate.

For further information, please contact:

Organising team

Sponsorship team