Half-Year November Conference

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

16 November 2021 - 19 November 2021

TRACK #1 - International Disputes 2021: Tackling New Challenges Resolving Disputes in the Post-Covid World


Tuesday 16 November 2021

14:30 » 20:00 Registration & open welcome desk
15:30 » 18:30 AIJA Commission meetings
15:30 » 16:30 Antitrust Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 International Business Law Commission (IBLC) + Sports Law Sub-Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 International Arbitration Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 Transport Law Commission meeting
16:00 » 17:00 Real Estate Commission meeting - online
16:30 » 17:30 Banking, Finance and Capital Markets (BFCM) Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Commercial Fraud Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Environment & Energy Law Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 International Private Clients and Family Law Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (IPTMT) Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Labour Law Commission + Immigration Law Sub-Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Corporate and M&A Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 In-house counsel Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Insolvency Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Litigation & Insolvency Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Tax Law Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution, E-commerce) Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Healthcare and Life Sciences Commission meeting
18:30 » 19:30 National Representatives Committee (NPC) meeting
19:30 » 21:30 Welcome Reception
@ Pool deck - V Hotel, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Get a scenic view of the Dubai Water Canal and skylines and feel mesmerised by the Middle Eastern aura and a refreshing experience while networking with other AIJA participants.

Wednesday 17 November 2021

07:00 » 08:00 AIJA Run for Human Rights
organised in partnership with the Emirates Human Rights Studies Center (EHRSC)
08:00 » 19:00 Registration & open welcome desk
09:00 » 09:10 Welcome to the Half-Year November Conference
Anna Wyrzykowska, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr & AIJA President, Poland
Omar Al Heloo, Hadef & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates
Aline von Düring, AvD Legal, United Arab Emirates
09:10 » 09:45 Welcome plenary keynote address

Hessa Tahlak, Assistant Undersecretary of Social Development, United Arab Emirates
09:45 » 10:00 Transfer to respective track rooms 
10:00 » 11:15 Session 1 - Commercial Courts and Innovation
Both courts and arbitration institutions in the Middle Eastern region have in recent years modernised and expanded, to facilitate and attract commercial cases and international users.  The session will highlight key developments in the GCC countries’ courts and arbitration institutions.
This session is organised by the Organising Committee.
Moderator:
Karim Mahmoud, Hadef & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates
Speakers:
H.E. Justice Ali Shamis Al Madhani, DIFC Courts, United Arab Emirates
Pavel Kalev, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), United Arab Emirates
Hamed Merah, Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, Saudi Arabia
11:15 » 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 » 13:00 Session 2 - A Practical Guide to Litigating in the UAE and GCC
The legal systems of the GCC nations have progressively changed and development in the past decades. Resulting
beneficial to investors and businesses, decreasing risks, and increasing more conventional legal protections. In this session get an overview of the UAE and GCC legal systems, and practical tips on serving and enforcing in the UAE. An opportunity to learn the Middle Eastern approach on governance and law.
This session is organised by the Litigation Commission.
Moderator:
Rosie Wild, Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Ahmad Alkhamees, Harasani & Alkhanees Law firm, Saudi Arabia
Taiba Alsafar, Al Tamimi & Co, Dubai DIFC, United Arab Emirates
Ahmed Ragab Al Kotby, ADG Legal, United Arab Emirates
Daniel Smith, Trowers & Hamlins, United Arab Emirates
Hamdan AlShamsi, Hamdan AlShamsi Lawyers and Legal Consultants, United Arab Emirates
13:00 » 14:00 Lunch
14:00 » 15:15 Session 3 - Innovations in Reconciling Governing Laws and Jurisdictions
In the GCC countries, arbitration procedures are encouraged to resolve disputes, with a preference for local as opposed to overseas procedures and facilities. The Shari’a courts and the body of Shari’a law are restricted to family matters, succession, property and to some extent torts and criminal law. In commercial matters, one way or another Shari’a interests are normally recognized, although with limitations. In this session, discover how GCC judges and arbitrators reconcile Shari’a and civil and common law systems.
This session is organised by the Organising Committee.
Moderator:
Ned Beale, Hausfeld & Co LLP, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Dr. Majed Al Rasheed, former Secretary General of the Bankruptcy Committee in KSA and former CEO of the Saudi Commercial Arbitration Centre and former Secretary General of Sharia Board at Albilad Bank
Zahra Rose Khawaja, Dentons, United Arab Emirates
Matthew Watson, 3 Verulam Buildings, United Kingdom
Stéphane de Navacelle, Navacelle Avocats, France
15:15 » 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 » 17:00 Session 4 - Brave New Insolvency World
Learn the new GCC insolvency laws and how they facilitate fraud and asset recovery claims
With time Gulf nations had recognised the need to take new initiatives and move towards modern, recognisable insolvency regimes, which contain modern restructuring tools for businesses facing distress. Know the new laws that changing the landscape for restructuring.
This session is organised by the Commercial Fraud and Insolvency Commissions.
Moderators:
Adam Flacks, LK Law LLP, United Kingdom
Paulo Nasser, M Nasser Dispute Resolution, Brazil
Speakers:
Sub-session 1 – “Getting to grips with insolvency in the GCC – Local experiences and insights” 
Nasser Al Osaiba, Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel , United Arab Emirates
Karim Labban, Deloitte, United Arab Emirates
Oliver Assersohn, XXIV Old Buildings, United Arab Emirate
Sub-session 2 – “An interview with Simon Charlton, Chief Restructuring Officer and Acting CEO of Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company”
Simon Charlton, Chief Restructuring Officer and Acting CEO of Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company
Sub-session 3 – “In and out of the Gulf – Insolvencies and Asset Recovery”
Aylin Güney King, Bonnard Lawson, Switzerland
Jennifer Fox, Ogier, Cayman Islands
17:15 » 18:15 First Timers gathering
17:15 » 18:15 AIJA Women Network Session - Women Business Leaders in the Middle East
Join the AIJA Women Network for a candid panel discussion to hear a first-hand perspective from professional women working in the Middle East.  This is an opportunity to hear about the start of their professional journey and the opportunities, challenges and choices that they have faced along that journey allowing them to excel to their fullest potential.  Our speakers will also share their perspective on the essential ingredients to harness the future success of women business leaders in the region.
Moderator
Paola Fudakowska, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Masha Ooijevaar, Commercial and data privacy lawyer at Clyde & Co, Dubai and Chair of the Outreach subcommittee of the IBA Young Lawyers Committee, United Arab Emirates
Farida El Agamy, General Manager of the Tharawat Family Business Forum, co-founder of Kyma and co-founder of the Women in Family Business platform, United Arab Emirates
Anita Weija-Caruba, Associate Director, Strategy Policy and Risk at the Dubai Financial Services Authority, United Arab Emirates
Fatima Hussain, Partner Designate at Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy (MHLF), United Arab Emirates
19:00 » 19:30 Transfer by bus to the Armani Pavilion
19:30 » 23:30 Conference Dinner
@ Armani Pavilion
The Armani Pavilion is a stunning outdoor terrace set amidst gardens and water features at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, facing the Dubai fountain. The location is slightly elevated providing a perfect view over the world’s largest dancing fountains at the same time as Burj Khalifa stands as spectacular backdrop of the venue.

Thursday 18 November 2021

08:45 » 09:45 Joint Officers of the Commissions Committee (OCC) + Academic Programme Committee (APC) meeting
09:00 » 18:00 Registration & open welcome desk
10:00 » 11:15 Session 5 - Impact of the Global Pandemic on Construction Disputes
Construction projects in the Middle East and elsewhere have experienced substantial delays or come to a complete stop due to the pandemic. The reasons are manifold: government orders, shortages of materials, or social distance measures, to name a few. Know what practical and legal issues arise in connection with pandemic-related delay and disruption claims – and what are future trends and developments in the resolution of those claims?
This session is organised by the International Arbitration Commission.
Moderator:
Lukas Rusch, Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law, Switzerland
Speakers:
Mads Fuglesang, Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS, Norway
Chatura Randeniya, Afridi & Angell, United Arab Emirates
Robert Burns, FTI Consulting, United Arab Emirates

11:15 » 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 » 13:00 Joint Session - Energy and Environment – Facing Up to the Climate Crisis
We are now seeing an increased sense of global urgency and public awareness around climate change, related risks, and litigation cases. Individuals and firms are now pursuing judicial remedies and using litigation as a tool to increase pressure on governments and industries to act in protecting the environment and bring an evolution in the fields of energy production, infrastructure development, transportation, carbon-intensive sectors and more. In this session, learn how the energy sector is grappling with the climate crises, and the role of litigation in driving change. The session is organised by the Environmental and Energy Law Commission.
Moderator:
Daria Capotorto, Tonucci & Partners, Italy
Speakers:
General overview of litigation and arbitration process in the energy field
Giuseppe Salsarulo, Donativi e Associati, Italy
Carbon impact and litigation
Gianluca Albe, A&A Studio Legale, Italy
Kenya case history: the role of litigation
Evelyne Mbula Nzuki, MN Legal, Kenya
Constitutional climate litigation in Germany
Stephan Korte, Cleantech Law Partners, Germany
13:00 » 14:00 Lunch
14:00 » 15:15 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Session 1
The need for change is at the forefront for business globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals.
Embracing new tools, skills, technology, and models can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship,
business models, communication plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more. The sessions will provide insights on how to improve legal practices and negotiation tactics in in a multicultural context.

Strategies to Improve Your Business Law Practice
This joint session will start with an interactive discussion of the global developments in the legal market and how this affects different types of law firms and practices combined with interactive tools incl. surveys. The Keynote speaker for the first part of this session is Robert van Beemen.
 These global developments also challenge law firms to find new and different ways to work and to collaborate. Therefore, in the second part of this session, Ondřej Dvořák will give a Keynote on how law firms can better achieve their targets with the help of agility. We will learn how to build the culture of a sustainable law firm. We will discuss how to create an environment where teamwork is valued and where you will gain improved visibility over your firm’s collective workload. We will also discuss how to move away from emails to other more effective means of communication.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg 
Speakers:
Robert van Beemen, Venturis Consulting Group, The Netherlands
Ondřej Dvořák, AgiLawyer, Czech Republic
15:15 » 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 » 17:00 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Session 2

Navigating cross cultural negotiations
It is said that culture can have a profound influence on negotiation style. This session will explore the
concept of negotiation at its deepest level: a meaningful conversation. Conversations build relations,
create emotions, influence attitudes and, in the long run determine the outcome of every human
interaction. The session will provide insights on how to improve our capacity to lead meaningful conversations, to
create trust and understanding between parties. The need for change is at the forefront for business
globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals. Leading meaningful conversations
can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship, business models, communication
plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg
Speakers:
Pascal Jossi, soul.com, Luxembourg
Mahmud Samandari, soul.com, United Arab Emirates
17:45 » 18:30 Transfer by bus to EXPO
18:30 » 02:00 DUBAI WORLD EXPO EXPERIENCE – free evening 
@EXPO site (closing time: 2:00AM)

Friday 19 November 2021

09:00 » 13:00 Registration & open welcome desk
11:00 » 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 » 13:00 Executive Committee meeting
14:15 » 23:45 Dubai adventure desert safari & dinner  
@Al Maha Desert Conservation Reserve
The Dubai Adventure Dinner and activities will provide the AIJA delegates with the unique opportunity to explore the desert wildlife through an exciting experience. You will have the chance to be one with nature and experience firsthand the enthralling scenery of the Arabian Desert in one of the UAE natural desert conservation reserves. After watching the stunning sunset, dinner will take place in a beautifully set Bedouin camp.

TRACK #2 - Managing Global Challenges: Delivering Legal Solutions in Disruptive Times


Tuesday 16 November 2021

14:30 » 20:00 Registration & open welcome desk
15:30 » 18:30 AIJA Commission meetings
15:30 » 16:30 Transport Law Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 International Arbitration Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 International Business Law Commission (IBLC) + Sports Law Sub-Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 Antitrust Commission meeting
16:00 » 17:00 Real Estate Commission meeting - online
16:30 » 17:30 Labour Law Commission + Immigration Law Sub-Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (IPTMT) Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 International Private Clients and Family Law Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Environment & Energy Law Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Commercial Fraud Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Banking, Finance and Capital Markets (BFCM) Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Healthcare and Life Sciences Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution, E-commerce) Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Tax Law Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Litigation & Insolvency Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Insolvency Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 In-house counsel Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Corporate and M&A Commission meeting
18:30 » 19:30 National Representatives Committee (NPC) meeting
19:30 » 21:30 Welcome Reception
@ Pool deck - V Hotel, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Get a scenic view of the Dubai Water Canal and skylines and feel mesmerised by the Middle Eastern aura and a refreshing experience while networking with other AIJA participants.

Wednesday 17 November 2021

07:00 » 08:00 AIJA Run for Human Rights
organised in partnership with the Emirates Human Rights Studies Center (EHRSC)
08:00 » 19:00 Registration & open welcome desk
09:00 » 09:10 Welcome to the Half-Year November Conference
Anna Wyrzykowska, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr & AIJA President, Poland
Omar Al Heloo, Hadef & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates
Aline von Düring, AvD Legal, United Arab Emirates
09:10 » 09:45 Welcome plenary keynote address

Hessa Tahlak, Assistant Undersecretary of Social Development, United Arab Emirates
09:45 » 10:00 Transfer to respective track rooms
10:00 » 11:15 Session 1 - Doing Business in the Middle East I: Direct Investments Opportunities and Challenges for Private Clients
Practical considerations for entrepreneurs for direct investments and relocation of companies in the Middle East. The discussion will include a presentation of legal frameworks and tax considerations as well as the changes introduced in the UAE Company Law, notably the impact of the abolition of the 49-51% foreign ownership rule for existing and future business owners.
The session is organised by International Private Clients and Family Law, Tax Commission.
Moderators:
John Davies, Farrer & Co, United Kingdom
Eva Stadler, WOLF THEISS Attorneys at Law, Austria
Speakers:
Cesar Ghaleb, Eptalex, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Silvio Cilia, Corrieri Cilia, Malta
Gregory Goossens, TAXPATRIA, Belgium
Marc Buchmann, Fischer Ramp Buchmann, Switzerland
Jose E. Aguilar Shea, SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS, Spain
Alejandra Esmoris, Bonnard Lawson International Law Firm, United Arab Emirates
11:15 » 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 » 13:00 Session 2 - Doing Business in the Middle East II: Dos and Don’ts for Startups and Investors
How does the Middle East’s startup environment look like at the moment and what developments have there been in the past? What are the expectations for the future? Our panel will give you an overview of the rising startup scene in the UAE, larger Middle East, on the emerging and frontier markets of the region. We will address issues and topics such as financing solutions for high-growth, challenges, chances and opportunities for startups and the most common pitfalls to avoid. If you are interested in the start-up world in this region, you should not miss this panel!
The session is organised by International Business Law commission.
Moderator:
Dominik Wagner, TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Speakers:
Gary Sheynkman, Leyden Ventures, United Arab Emirates
Arthur Stüssi Neves, Stüssi-Neves Advogados, Brazil
Giorgia Carandente, Taylor Wessing, Germany
Thierry Barbey, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
Aline von Düring, AvD Legal, United Arab Emirates
Suhaib Hammad, HAMMAD & AL-MEHDAR, Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Al Dahbashi, ADG Legal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
13:00 » 14:00 Lunch
14:00 » 15:15 Session 3 - Entrepreneurship and Legacy Planning in Uncertain Times
At a time where entrepreneurial families are increasingly more global, with assets in countless jurisdictions, and worrying about erosion of their privacy, innovative structuring solutions and tools are required. Overview of the latest structuring creations, practical trends in the industry. What key factors to consider when considering a jurisdiction for structuring, asset protection and/or legacy planning purpose.
The session is organised by the International Private Clients and Family Law Commission.
Moderators:
Stephanie Mooney, Kingsley Napley, United Kingdom
Alejandra Esmoris, Bonnard Lawson International Law Firm, United Arab Emirates
Speakers:
Jenny Duggan, Stewarts, United Kingdom
Michael Schifferli, Wenger Plattner, Switzerland
Fernanda Machado Moreira, Dauro Schettino Advogados, Brazil
Yann Mrazek, M-HQ, United Arab Emirates
15:15 » 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 » 17:00 Session 4 - Financing Transactions in the Middle East: Challenges and Chances
New measures, products and tools are created to meet the changing needs of the clients in the ever-changing world dynamics. Global financial institutions are leading in developing new ways and technologies providing opportunities for development but also challenges for policy makers and markets. Join the round table discussion about different approaches in financing in the Middle East and Arab countries, covering the aspects of continental, common and sharia law.
This session is organised by the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Commission.
Moderator:
Lars Raedschelders, Moore Law, Belgium
Speakers
Reem Al Sayegh, Linklaters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Layla El-Wafi, Standard Chartered Bank, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Biju Thomas, Mashreq Private Bank, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
17:15 » 18:15 First Timers gathering
17:15 » 18:15 AIJA Women Network Session - Women Business Leaders in the Middle East
Join the AIJA Women Network for a candid panel discussion to hear a first-hand perspective from professional women working in the Middle East.  This is an opportunity to hear about the start of their professional journey and the opportunities, challenges and choices that they have faced along that journey allowing them to excel to their fullest potential.  Our speakers will also share their perspective on the essential ingredients to harness the future success of women business leaders in the region.
Moderator
Paola Fudakowska, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Masha Ooijevaar, Commercial and data privacy lawyer at Clyde & Co, Dubai and Chair of the Outreach subcommittee of the IBA Young Lawyers Committee, United Arab Emirates
Farida El Agamy, General Manager of the Tharawat Family Business Forum, co-founder of Kyma and co-founder of the Women in Family Business platform, United Arab Emirates
Anita Weija-Caruba, Associate Director, Strategy Policy and Risk at the Dubai Financial Services Authority, United Arab Emirates
Fatima Hussain, Partner Designate at Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy (MHLF), United Arab Emirates
19:00 » 19:30 Transfer by bus to the Armani Pavilion
19:30 » 23:30 Conference Dinner
@ Armani Pavilion
The Armani Pavilion is a stunning outdoor terrace set amidst gardens and water features at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, facing the Dubai fountain. The location is slightly elevated providing a perfect view over the world’s largest dancing fountains at the same time as Burj Khalifa stands as spectacular backdrop of the venue.

Thursday 18 November 2021

08:45 » 09:45 Joint Officers of the Commissions Committee (OCC) + Academic Programme Committee (APC) meeting
09:00 » 18:00 Registration & open welcome desk
10:00 » 11:15 Session 5 - The Superyacht industry – A Global Outlook on Sustainable Finance and Insurance
Roundtable discussion on new trends of sustainable finance and insurance in the superyacht industry with a particular
focus on the impact of the principles of sustainability and green finance on construction contracts, termination clauses and insurance policies.
The session is organised by the Transport Law Commission.
Moderator:
Davide Canepa, Studio Legale Mordiglia, Italy
Speakers:
Jan Hermeling, TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, Germany 
Hari Krishna, Nimble Legal Consulting FZE, United Arab Emirates
Francesco Gasparini, Studio Legale Mordiglia, Italy 
Anton Molchanov, Arzinger law firm, Ukraine
11:15 » 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 » 13:00 Joint Session - Energy and Environment – Facing Up to the Climate Crisis
We are now seeing an increased sense of global urgency and public awareness around climate change, related risks, and litigation cases. Individuals and firms are now pursuing judicial remedies and using litigation as a tool to increase pressure on governments and industries to act in protecting the environment and bring an evolution in the fields of energy production, infrastructure development, transportation, carbon-intensive sectors and more. In this session, learn how the energy sector is grappling with the climate crises, and the role of litigation in driving change. The session is organised by the Environmental and Energy Law Commission.
Moderator:
Daria Capotorto, Tonucci & Partners, Italy
Speakers:
General overview of litigation and arbitration process in the energy field
Giuseppe Salsarulo, Donativi e Associati, Italy
Carbon impact and litigation
Gianluca Albe, A&A Studio Legale, Italy
Kenya case history: the role of litigation
Evelyne Mbula Nzuki, MN Legal, Kenya
Constitutional climate litigation in Germany
Stephan Korte, Cleantech Law Partners, Germany
13:00 » 14:00 Lunch
14:00 » 15:15 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Session 1
The need for change is at the forefront for business globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals.
Embracing new tools, skills, technology, and models can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship,
business models, communication plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more. The sessions will provide insights on how to improve legal practices and negotiation tactics in in a multicultural context.

Strategies to Improve Your Business Law Practice
This joint session will start with an interactive discussion of the global developments in the legal market and how this affects different types of law firms and practices combined with interactive tools incl. surveys. The Keynote speaker for the first part of this session is Robert van Beemen.
These global developments also challenge law firms to find new and different ways to work and to collaborate. Therefore, in the second part of this session, Ondřej Dvořák will give a Keynote on how law firms can better achieve their targets with the help of agility. We will learn how to build the culture of a sustainable law firm. We will discuss how to create an environment where teamwork is valued and where you will gain improved visibility over your firm’s collective workload. We will also discuss how to move away from emails to other more effective means of communication.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg 
Speakers:
Robert van Beemen, Venturis Consulting Group, The Netherlands
Ondřej Dvořák, AgiLawyer, Czech Republic
15:15 » 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 » 17:00 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Session 2

Navigating cross cultural negotiations
It is said that culture can have a profound influence on negotiation style. This session will explore the
concept of negotiation at its deepest level: a meaningful conversation. Conversations build relations,
create emotions, influence attitudes and, in the long run determine the outcome of every human
interaction. The session will provide insights on how to improve our capacity to lead meaningful conversations, to
create trust and understanding between parties. The need for change is at the forefront for business
globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals. Leading meaningful conversations
can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship, business models, communication
plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg
Speakers:
Pascal Jossi, soul.com, Luxembourg
Mahmud Samandari, soul.com, United Arab Emirates
17:45 » 18:30 Transfer by bus to EXPO
18:30 » 02:00 DUBAI WORLD EXPO EXPERIENCE – free evening 
@EXPO site (closing time: 2:00AM)

Friday 19 November 2021

09:00 » 13:00 Registration & open welcome desk
11:00 » 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 » 13:00 Executive Committee meeting
14:15 » 23:45 Dubai adventure desert safari & dinner  
@Al Maha Desert Conservation Reserve
The Dubai Adventure Dinner and activities will provide the AIJA delegates with the unique opportunity to explore the desert wildlife through an exciting experience. You will have the chance to be one with nature and experience firsthand the enthralling scenery of the Arabian Desert in one of the UAE natural desert conservation reserves. After watching the stunning sunset, dinner will take place in a beautifully set Bedouin camp.

TRACK #3 - Labour Law Challenges in a World of Accelerated Change


Tuesday 16 November 2021

14:30 » 20:00 Registration & open welcome desk
15:30 » 18:30 AIJA Commission meetings
15:30 » 16:30 Transport Law Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 International Arbitration Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 International Business Law Commission (IBLC) + Sports Law Sub-Commission meeting
15:30 » 16:30 Antitrust Commission meeting
16:00 » 17:00 Real Estate Commission meeting - online
16:30 » 17:30 Labour Law Commission + Immigration Law Sub-Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (IPTMT) Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 International Private Clients and Family Law Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Environment & Energy Law Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Commercial Fraud Commission meeting
16:30 » 17:30 Banking, Finance and Capital Markets (BFCM) Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Healthcare and Life Sciences Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution, E-commerce) Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Tax Law Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Litigation & Insolvency Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Insolvency Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 In-house counsel Commission meeting
17:30 » 18:30 Corporate and M&A Commission meeting
18:30 » 19:30 National Representatives Committee (NPC) meeting
19:30 » 21:30 Welcome Reception
@ Pool deck - V Hotel, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City
Get a scenic view of the Dubai Water Canal and skylines and feel mesmerised by the Middle Eastern aura and a refreshing experience while networking with other AIJA participants.

Wednesday 17 November 2021

07:00 » 08:00 AIJA Run for Human Rights
organised in partnership with the Emirates Human Rights Studies Center (EHRSC)
08:00 » 19:00 Registration & open welcome desk
09:00 » 09:10 Welcome to the Half-Year November Conference
Anna Wyrzykowska, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr & AIJA President, Poland
Omar Al Heloo, Hadef & Partners LLC, United Arab Emirates
Aline von Düring, AvD Legal, United Arab Emirates
09:10 » 09:45 Welcome plenary keynote address

Hessa Tahlak, Assistant Undersecretary of Social Development, United Arab Emirates
09:45 » 10:00 Transfer to respective track rooms
10:00 » 11:15 Session 1 - The Role of Women in Business and Law
Moderator:
Irene Suter-Sieber, Walder Wyss , Switzerland
Speakers:
Hana Al Khatib, Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel, United Arab Emirates
Luisa Rödemer, vangard | Littler, Germany
Ailie Murray,  Travers Smith, United Kingdom
Clotilde Iaia Polak, Yungo, United Arab Emirates, Italy
Adite Aloke, Afridi & Angell, United Arab Emirates
11:15 » 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 » 13:00 Session 2 - Work from Anywhere: Can Health and Safety Be Maintained Free of Location?
How did the global pandemic alter attitudes towards remote employment and occupational health and safety?
Moderator: 
Elina Girne, Squalio, Latvia
Speakers:
Nazanin Afshar, Fisher & Phillips LLP, United States of America
Johannes Bammer, Binder Groesswang, Austria 
Bruno Freire, Bruno Freire, Brazil
13:00 » 14:00 Lunch
14:00 » 15:15 Session 3 - Cross-Border Restructuring
What overt and covert obstacles arise in multi-jurisdictional environments
Moderator: 
Nicky de Groot, Pallas Advocaten, The Netherlands
Speakers:
Alexander Bork, Heuking, Germany
Boriska Rocha, SA Law, Brazil
Alex Fisher, Travers Smith, United Kingdom
15:15 » 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 » 17:00 Session 4 - White-Collar Crimes: Human Resources Issue or Matter for Prosecution?
When and why an internal investigation can escalate into victimization and how to prevent it?
Moderator: 
Marta Trindade, Abreu Advogados, Portugal
Speakers:
Ayman Merdas, Global Advocacy & Legal Counsel , United Arab Emirates
Jakob Nortoft, Glimsted, Sweden
Daniel Weber, Wenger Vieli, Switzerland
17:15 » 18:15 First Timers gathering
17:15 » 18:15 AIJA Women Network Session - Women Business Leaders in the Middle East
Join the AIJA Women Network for a candid panel discussion to hear a first-hand perspective from professional women working in the Middle East.  This is an opportunity to hear about the start of their professional journey and the opportunities, challenges and choices that they have faced along that journey allowing them to excel to their fullest potential.  Our speakers will also share their perspective on the essential ingredients to harness the future success of women business leaders in the region.
Moderator
Paola Fudakowska, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Speakers:
Masha Ooijevaar, Commercial and data privacy lawyer at Clyde & Co, Dubai and Chair of the Outreach subcommittee of the IBA Young Lawyers Committee, United Arab Emirates
Farida El Agamy, General Manager of the Tharawat Family Business Forum, co-founder of Kyma and co-founder of the Women in Family Business platform, United Arab Emirates
Anita Weija-Caruba, Associate Director, Strategy Policy and Risk at the Dubai Financial Services Authority, United Arab Emirates
Fatima Hussain, Partner Designate at Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy (MHLF), United Arab Emirates
19:00 » 19:30 Transfer by bus to the Armani Pavilion
19:30 » 23:30 Conference Dinner
@ Armani Pavilion
The Armani Pavilion is a stunning outdoor terrace set amidst gardens and water features at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, facing the Dubai fountain. The location is slightly elevated providing a perfect view over the world’s largest dancing fountains at the same time as Burj Khalifa stands as spectacular backdrop of the venue.

Thursday 18 November 2021

08:45 » 09:45 Joint Officers of the Commissions Committee (OCC) + Academic Programme Committee (APC) meeting
09:00 » 18:00 Registration & open welcome desk
10:00 » 11:15 Session 5 - Working Across Invisible Borders: Overcoming Global Barriers
In a world where you can cross a border without even noticing it: How has changed the role of immigration across regions (a comparison between EU countries, US/Canada, and the UAE region)
Moderator:
Lukas Wieser, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Austria
Speakers:
Nathalie Germann,  Wenger Vieli, Switzerland
Álvaro Fernández Sánchez del Corral, CUATRECASAS, Spain
Moira Campbell, Kingsley Napley LLP, United Kingdom
Emiliano Ganzarolli, Audisio e Associati, Italy
11:15 » 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 » 13:00 Session 6 - Enforcing Claims in Matrix Organizations and Multinational Companies
More and more, Business Units are composed from people employed by different companies and managed from different countries: How to deal with unclear subordination lines, and what is the practical solution? What are the challenges when litigating?
Moderator: 
Almudena Álvarez, alvarez lentner, Spain
Speakers:
Inka Müller-Seubert, CMS Hasche Sigle Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Steuerberatern mbB, Germany
Michał Chodkowski, Łaszczuk i Wspólnicy sp.j., Poland  
Anna Katharina Radschek, Pitkowitz & Partners, Austria
13:00 » 14:00 Lunch
14:00 » 15:15 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Session 1
The need for change is at the forefront for business globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals.
Embracing new tools, skills, technology, and models can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship,
business models, communication plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more. The sessions will provide insights on how to improve legal practices and negotiation tactics in in a multicultural context.

Strategies to Improve Your Business Law Practice
This joint session will start with an interactive discussion of the global developments in the legal market and how this affects different types of law firms and practices combined with interactive tools incl. surveys. The Keynote speaker for the first part of this session is Robert van Beemen.
These global developments also challenge law firms to find new and different ways to work and to collaborate. Therefore, in the second part of this session, Ondřej Dvořák will give a Keynote on how law firms can better achieve their targets with the help of agility. We will learn how to build the culture of a sustainable law firm. We will discuss how to create an environment where teamwork is valued and where you will gain improved visibility over your firm’s collective workload. We will also discuss how to move away from emails to other more effective means of communication.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg 
Speakers:
Robert van Beemen, Venturis Consulting Group, The Netherlands
Ondřej Dvořák, AgiLawyer, Czech Republic
15:15 » 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 » 17:00 Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Session 2

Navigating cross cultural negotiations
It is said that culture can have a profound influence on negotiation style. This session will explore the
concept of negotiation at its deepest level: a meaningful conversation. Conversations build relations,
create emotions, influence attitudes and, in the long run determine the outcome of every human
interaction. The session will provide insights on how to improve our capacity to lead meaningful conversations, to
create trust and understanding between parties. The need for change is at the forefront for business
globally and the same exists for the law firms and professionals. Leading meaningful conversations
can strengthen transparency, accountability, client relationship, business models, communication
plans, cross cultural negotiations and much more.
Moderators:
Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., The Netherlands
Max Mailliet, E2M - Etude Max Mailliet, Luxembourg
Speakers:
Pascal Jossi, soul.com, Luxembourg
Mahmud Samandari, soul.com, United Arab Emirates
17:45 » 18:30 Transfer by bus to EXPO
18:30 » 02:00 DUBAI WORLD EXPO EXPERIENCE – free evening 
@EXPO site (closing time: 2:00AM)

Friday 19 November 2021

09:00 » 13:00 Registration & open welcome desk
11:00 » 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 » 13:00 Executive Committee meeting
14:15 » 23:45 Dubai adventure desert safari & dinner  
@Al Maha Desert Conservation Reserve
The Dubai Adventure Dinner and activities will provide the AIJA delegates with the unique opportunity to explore the desert wildlife through an exciting experience. You will have the chance to be one with nature and experience firsthand the enthralling scenery of the Arabian Desert in one of the UAE natural desert conservation reserves. After watching the stunning sunset, dinner will take place in a beautifully set Bedouin camp.