Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Practical Insights Into Commercial Arbitration in the Abraham Accords Economy

Zoom Webcast | June 28, 2022

1:00pm London | 4:00pm Dubai | 3:00pm Tel Aviv | 8:00am New York

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The Abraham Accords, a set of normalization agreements entered into in late 2020 by Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, are reshaping the economy of the Middle East. Commercial disputes will inevitably arise in connection with the new economic ties emerging from the Abraham Accords and are expected to overwhelmingly be resolved through international arbitration. This program will provide an introduction to the dispute-resolution issues that will define this emerging space with a focus on the characteristics of the national legal systems of the Abraham Accords nations, including the relevant arbitration laws, procedures, and institutional rules. The discussion will illuminate important characteristics of international arbitration that will be important to any lawyer expecting to advise clients or represent parties to disputes in this new environment. 

There will be a 60-minute panel discussion followed by 30 minutes of Q & A. We encourage participants to submit questions to the moderator via the Zoom chat. To ensure the smoothest facilitation, the moderator will select questions and invite the panelists to respond.  


Composite photo of panelists and the logos of their law firms

Professor Maya Steinitz, University of Iowa College of Law (Moderator)

Professor Steinitz is the Charles E. Floete Professor of Law at the University of Iowa where she teaches international arbitration and international business transactions.  She regularly serves as chair, panelist, and solo arbitrator in international commercial arbitration as well as counsel, consultant and expert witness in international and domestic arbitration matters. (Full bio.)

Professor Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, London Court of International Arbitration

Professor van Haersolte-van Hof has been the Director General of the LCIA since 2014. Previously, she practised as counsel and arbitrator in The Hague, at her GAR 100 boutique HaersolteHof, which she set up after three years as counsel in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She is the professor of arbitration law at Leiden University. (Full bio)

Gary Born, WilmerHale (London)

Gary Born is Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and the world’s pre-eminent authority on international commercial arbitration and international litigation. He has served as counsel in over 675 arbitrations, including several of the largest arbitrations in ICC and ad hoc history, and has sat as arbitrator in more than 250 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Third Edition, Kluwer 2020), the leading treatise in the field. Among many accolades, Mr. Born has received the Global Arbitration Review inaugural “Advocate of the Year” award, the Client Choice award for “Best International Arbitration Practitioner” and the Best Lawyers “London Arbitration Lawyer of the Year” award. (Full bio.)

Daniel Reisner, Herzog Fox & Neeman (Tel Aviv)

Mr. Reisner is the Public International Law, Defence and Homeland Security partner at Herzog Fox & Neeman. He is widely recognized as one of Israel’s leading Public International Law experts, a result of his 19-year career in government in this field, 10 years of which (1995-2004) he served as Head of the Israel Defence Force’s International Law Department. (Full bio.)

Thomas R. Snider, Al Tamimi & Co (Dubai)

Mr. Snider is a Partner at Al Tamimi and the firm’s Head of Arbitration.  He is recognized as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers in the UAE by Chambers, Who’s Who Legal, and other sources. He experienced in international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, state-to-state arbitration, and foreign sovereign immunity issues.  (Full bio.)

Arif Hyder Ali, Dechert LLP (Washington DC and London)

Arif Hyder Ali is the Co-Chair of Dechert LLP’s International Arbitration and Public International Law Group. For over 30 years, he has served as lead trial counsel and arbitrator (sole, party-appointed and chairperson) in arbitrations under the rules of all of the major arbitral regimes, the laws of over 50 jurisdictions, international law and Shari’a law. Mr. Ali has also been decorated by the King of Bahrain with the Order of Bahrain for his representation of Bahrain before the International Court of Justice.  He is the author of three treatises on international commercial and investment arbitration.  In 2021, the Financial Times recognized Mr. Ali is the Most Innovative Legal Practitioner in North America.  (Full bio.)