16 Oct 2017

Arbitration in the Middle East Amidst International and Political Conflicts

Asian Academy of International Law

Despite the relatively unstable situation of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, business activities do not cease. Although there is no panacea for the conflicts affecting this region, the established international and national legal frameworks do effectively facilitate the resolution of commercial disputes and protect investors in times of crisis. In this regard, Professor Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid, President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, was invited to share her keen insights and 38 years of solid experience with an audience of over 80 scholars, legal practitioners and government officials, aiming to raise the audience’s awareness of the pivotal role of arbitration in commercial litigation in this region. The seminar reviewed the international and national legal frameworks concerned and, in connection with the Gulf crisis, examined certain disputes arising in construction and energy projects, concluding that it was of great importance to tackle and settle disputes through amicable means in the MENA context.