A Guide To Arbitration In The United Arab Emirates

Afridi & Angell provide an overview of arbitration in the United Arab Emirates, dealing with the following topics: (i) Legal framework (national arbitration laws, mandatory laws, New York Convention, treaties and conventions, UNCITRAL, reform); (ii) Arbitration agreements (validity, enforcement of agreements, consolidation, choice of law, separability, multiparty agreements); (iii) The arbitral tribunal (criteria for arbitrators, contractual stipulations, default requirements, challenging the appointment of an arbitrator, jurisdictional objections, replacement of an arbitrator, powers and obligations, liability of arbitrators, communicating with the tribunal, reaching decisions, arbitrability, jurisdiction and competence-competence); (iv) Arbitral proceedings (starting an arbitration proceeding, limitation periods, procedural rules, dissenting arbitrators, judicial assistance, third parties, default language and seat, gathering evidence, confidentiality, ethical codes); (v) Costs (estimation & allocation, security for costs); (vi) The award (requirements, timeframe for delivery, remedies, interest, finality, appeal, enforcement); (vii) Third party funding & class actions.

See also the guide to international arbitration in the UAE by Hadef & Partners

About Phillip Rompotis

Phillip practices as a barrister and arbitrator in Hong Kong. He has over 25 years’ litigation and arbitration experience in commercial disputes relating to construction & engineering, financial services, joint venture & shareholders agreements, technology, trusts, property and landlord & tenant. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of various lists/panels of arbitrators.


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