DIFC Blog

A more effective appeals process

Certainty lies at the heart of judicial excellence.  It is determined not only by swift settlement, but also defined by fair, transparent, and reliable procedures. Following feedback from the Court Users’ Committee (CUC), Rules Sub Committee (RSC), as well as the...

Technology should enable, not define, modern commercial courts

H.E. Justice Ali Shamis Mohamed Shamis Al Madhani, DIFC Courts; Chair of IACA’s Middle East Board For most people, the words courts, service and innovation are rarely uttered in the same breath. After all, courts are generally places where people are compelled to...

DIFC Courts to build links with Canada

Mark Beer, OBE, Registrar General and Co-Chief Executive of DIFC Courts was part of a “Canada Mission” organized by Dubai FDI, where delegates shared information on the benefits of doing trade between Dubai and Canada. During the mission, he spoke to a cross-section...

Judicial Excellence

As part of a commitment stemming from the inaugural Joint Committee meeting between the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) and Ras Al Khaimah in March, the Judicial Excellence Programme launched a series of six workshops by DIFC Academy of Law and Ras Al Khaimah...

Promoting alternative access to justice

When people think of legal proceedings they may imagine drawn out cases, involving huge costs. Less awareness is often drawn to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options. ADR denotes different methods of resolving disputes without going to litigation, the most...

Malaysia boost for DIFC Courts’ connectivity

Malaysia’s most senior judge, the Right Honourable Tun Arifin bin Zakaria was in Dubai to sign an agreement setting out the procedures for the mutual recognition and enforcement of money judgments between the DIFC Courts and Federal Court of Malaysia. As Michael...

DIFC Courts: Achievement in Gender Equality

DIFC Courts highlight the achievements made in regards to gender equality. Since its inception nine years ago, DIFC Courts was the first court in the UAE to appoint a female judge, Malaysia’s Tan Seri Dato Siti Norma Yaakob, who served from 2008 to 2013 until her...

Dubai and China: Trading Securely

DIFC Courts in Association with Dentons & The Chinese Business Council: Roundtable – Dubai and China: Trading Securely China is currently Dubai’s strongest trading partner in the Middle East, and there are no signs of that momentum letting up.  Cong Hongbing, Vice...

Bringing Order to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

A panel discussion at the recent World Government Summit led by HE Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi of the DIFC Courts looked at possible answers to the question: ‘How can we bring order to the Fourth Industrial Revolution?’ Laws designed to protect society are simply not...

Collaboration is Key to Securing the Future of MENA Arbitration

Excerpts from a speech by Mark Beer, OBE, Chief Executive, Dispute Resolution Authority “The Future of International Dispute Resolution Centres: The Garfield Principle” at the Kluwer Law: 5th Annual International Arbitration Summit Choice is a wonderful thing, but it...