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Successful Maritime Law Conference held in Dubai

Hosted by the City Law School, in collaboration with the DIFC Academy of Law and Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, the event marked the official launch of the Gulf region’s first Master of Laws (LLM) in Maritime Law.

by Nahda Abdalla (Senior Communications Officer (Dubai))

The City Law School (CLS), in collaboration with the DIFC Academy of Law (AoL) and Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, successfully hosted the first CLS-AoL Dubai Maritime Law Conference on September 25th.

The event, attended by more than 75 delegates – including lawyers, shipping professionals and academics – saw maritime legal experts from notable firms in the Gulf congregate to share valuable updates on the shipping industry in the region and beyond.

Through a series of panel talks, the conference explored a broad variety of matters such as the cargo claims landscape in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the enforcement of maritime law, shipbuilding contracts and legal and regulatory challenges.

The welcome address was delivered by Mr David Gallo, Director, DIFC AoL and Professor Christopher Ryan, Interim Dean, CLS.

Professor Jason Chuah, Head of Department and Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law, CLS, gave a keynote speech on the Implications for Shipping and Trade Contracts – The US Sanctions on Iran.

Speakers on the day were:

Mr Tien Tai, Partner, HFW Dubai

Ms Meike Ziegler, Associate, HFW Dubai

Ms Rania Tadros, Managing Partner, Ince & Co Dubai

Mr David Galea, Partner, Ince & Co Dubai

Mr Khurram Ali, Legal Director, Clyde & Co Riyadh

Ms Meena Mathews, Regional Manager P&I – Middle East, GAC Dubai

Mr Anthony Rogers, Greek LLM Programme Director, CLS

Mr Jeffrey Thomson, Lecturer in Law, CLS

Mr Adrian Chadwick, Partner, Hadef Partners Dubai

Mr Andrew Baird, Partner, Watson, Farley & Williams

Gulf region's first Masters in Maritime Law

The conference was followed by the launch of City, University of London’s Master of Laws in Maritime Law (LLM), the first postgraduate qualification of its kind in the GCC region.  Delegates heard from Mrs Amna Sultan Al Owais, Chief Executive and Registrar, DIFC Courts; Professor Stanton Newman, City, University of London’s Vice-President (International), and Professor Christopher Ryan about the benefits of the new programme and the importance of enabling maritime education in the Gulf.

Commencing in March 2019, the LLM is designed to expose shipping professionals to the practical workings of international maritime and trade law, whilst legally qualified professionals will also benefit from the specialist nature of the programme.

Professor Stanton Newman, City, University of London’s Vice-President (International) said:

The City Law School, part of City, University of London is delighted to collaborate with the DIFC Academy of Law in providing lawyers and maritime professionals with deep insights into the workings of maritime and trade law. We believe that this LLM programme is a timely offering and an important area where we can support the development of the maritime sector in the Gulf region.

The LLM will be delivered in intensive block format by faculty of CLS and wholly by scheduled UAE weekend classes. This means that candidates from the region will also be able to travel to Dubai to study on the programme.

Find out more about the LLM Maritime Law here.

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