Event Overview


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This is the first-ever Middle East Regional Meeting of AIJA - the International Association of Young Lawyers, the leading international organisation for legal professionals under the age of 45. Join us on Monday 13 November!

The event will be held at, and with the support of, the DIFC Academy.

Address: Dubai International Financial Centre, The Gate Village, Gate Village 02, P. O. Box 74777 Dubai, UAE 

The Meeting will start with a light lunch, followed by two academic sessions. The first session will focus on the future of international commercial arbitration. The second session will focus on navigating civil law and common law systems in an increasingly interconnected world.

Thanks to our sponsors and their support, the event will be free of charge.


13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:45


  • Patric McGonigal, Global Advocacy, United Arab Emirates
  • Pinky Anand, Supreme Court of India, India
  • Nesreen Osman, Pinsent Masons and Board Member of ArbitralWomen, United Arab Emirates
  • Fatima Balfaqeeh C Arb, Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration, United Arab Emirates
  • Akash Srivastava, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, United Arab Emirates
15:45 - 16:15

16:15 - 18:00


  • Hari Krishna, Nimble Legal, United Arab Emirates
  • Mohammad Hwaidi, University of Birmingham Dubai Campus, United Arab Emirates
  • Zarghona Fazal, Hadef & Partners, United Arab Emirates
  • Nadim Jisr, Thomson Reuters, United Arab Emirates
  • Katherine Nixon, DIFC Authority, United Arab Emirates

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations.

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

Please read the general terms and conditions applicable for AIJA events.


If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

Prepare your stay

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Practical Information

Organising Committee

Hana AL KHATIB Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)


Personal Protection

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Your data will be managed by AIJA's General Services, Events and Accounts Section:

  • For the purpose of administering your registration for the event and your on-site access to the event;
  • In order to pay for the selected services - your bank details will be deleted after receipt of your payment;
  • In order to communicate information messages from AIJA.

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Data relating to your participation in the event shall be stored for a period of 10 years. We are obliged to archive billing data until the end of the period required for our tax and accounting obligations, i.e. for 7 full tax years.

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