ICC YAF: Virtual Hearings and Due Process Paranoia

16 Nov 2021

Dubai English
18:00 (Dubai)

This in-person event is part of Dubai Arbitration Week that follows the event ICC Emergency Arbitrator Procedure: The Lay of the Land.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a significant increase of digitalisation in international arbitration, particularly the reliance on virtual hearings. With no clear end in sight of pandemic-related measures, virtual hearings continue to offer a practical alternative to physical hearings. However, virtual hearings have been at the centre of heated debates and challenges over potential violations of due process. Separately, many arbitration practitioners advocate in favour of virtual hearings as an efficient and cost-effective solution regardless of travel and sanitary restrictions. 

The purpose of this event is to address:

(i) Whether arbitration regimes and procedural rules recognise a right to a physical hearing,

(ii) The ability of arbitral tribunals to order remote hearings, including against the wish of one or both parties,

(iii) Whether virtual hearings are here to stay, and

(iv) Practical tips to ensure due process during virtual hearings.

Who should attend?

All young arbitration and ADR practitioners 40 years and under, regardless of their professional background.

*Dubai Time Zone

18:00-18:05

Introductory Remarks

  • Amr Omran, ICC YAF Representative for MENA; Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai

18:05-18:45

Panel 1: Is there a right to a physical hearing in international arbitration?

Speakers:

  • Dara Sahab, Associate, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Dubai
  • Alia Al Mulla, Associate, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Dubai
  • Fakhruddin Valika, Deputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Moderated by:

  • Shannon O’Neill, Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai

18:45-19:25

Panel 2: Practical steps to ensure due process during virtual hearings

Speakers:

  • Sadaff Habib, Associate, Beale & Co, Dubai
  • Karim Mariey, Senior Associate, White & Case LLP, London
  • Maria Andraos, Associate, Clyde & Co LLP, Dubai

Moderated by:

  • Seema Bono, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP, Dubai

19:25-19:30

Closing Remarks

  • Dania Fahs, ICC Arbitration and ADR, MENA, ICC International Court of Arbitration

19:30-20:00

Networking Reception

Alia Al Mulla

Associate, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Dubai

Maria Andraos

Associate, Clyde & Co LLP, Dubai

Seema Bono

Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons LLP, Dubai

Shannon O’Neill

Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai

Dania Fahs

Director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, MENA, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Sadaff Habib

Associate, Beale & Co, Dubai

Karim Mariey

Senior Associate, White & Case LLP, London

Amr Omran

ICC YAF Representative for MENA; Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Dubai

Dara Sahab

Associate, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Dubai

Fakhruddin Valika

Deputy Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Date and venue

16 November 2021

Capital Club Dubai, Gate Village, Building 3, DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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For further information, please contact:

Amr Omran 

ICC YAF Representative for Dubai

Ella Noles

Organiser

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