ICC YAAF: Wrestling the Leviathan – Illegality and Corruption in Arbitration

28 Feb 2024

Dubai English
Start: 18.00 (Dubai time zone) - End: 20.00 (Dubai time zone)

Join us at this in-person event for an interactive discussion on illegality and corruption in international arbitration followed by a networking reception.

Join us for a lively discussion on illegality and corruption issues in international arbitration. After a keynote address, practitioners from diverse jurisdictions will address some of the thorny questions on this subject, such as the difference between illegality and corruption, the arbitrability of corruption allegations, the burden and standard to prove corruption in arbitral proceedings, public policy considerations, sua sponte investigation of corruption issues by arbitral tribunals, the sanctions available to arbitrators, and how practitioners can best address these issues in practice. The panel discussion will be followed by a networking reception to continue the dialogue.

Who should attend?

  • Practising lawyers
  • Young arbitration and ADR practitioners
  • In-house counsel 
  • Academics and experts
  • Students interested in a career in arbitration
28 February : ICC YAAF Event
26-27 February : 12th ICC MENA Conference

18:00 – 18:30 


18:30 – 18:35   

Opening Remarks

18:35 - 18:55

Keynote Address

18:55 – 19:45   

Panel Discussion

19:45 – 20:00   


20:00 – 22:00   

Networking Reception at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC

Join us for a two-day training and conference on international arbitration at Sofitel Downtown Dubai for the 12th ICC MENA Conference happening on the 26th and 27th of February 2024.

Salma Abdelaziz

Senior Associate, Meysan Partners, Cairo 

Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab

Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners, Cairo (Keynote Speaker)

Professor, Cairo University Faculty of Law, Cairo

Rami Chahine

Partner, Meltem Avocats, Marseille 

Yacine Francis

Partner, Allen & Overy LLP, Dubai 

May Khoury

Associate, Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, New York 

Amr Omran

ICC YAAF Representative, MENA; Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai (Moderator)

Fakhruddin Valika

Deputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration


Panel Discussion Venue:

Allen & Overy LLP, Burj Daman Building, 11th Floor, Al Mustaqbal Street, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

Networking Reception Venue:

Flair 5, The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai, UAE

Working language English

For further info please contact

Amr Omran

ICC YAAF Representative; Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai 

+971 4 5099 160




What is ICC YAAF?

At ICC, we believe that through training and mentorship, we can shape the next generation of leading international arbitration and ADR experts. Through the ICC Young Arbitration and ADR Forum (YAAF) network, we are able to better inform, connect and inspire young professionals with interests in dispute resolution and dispute avoidance.

Throughout the world, ICC YAAF organises a number of educational and social events that allow young professionals to discover best practices, discuss topical issues, network and create meaningful connections with experienced practitioners.

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