Dubai, UAE: Middlesex University Dubai, in collaboration with the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), hosted the final round of the inaugural EMAC Regional Moot on 23 to 25 November at its Knowledge Park campus.
The regional moot was designed to give students valuable insight into international arbitration, with an emphasis of dispute resolution, through a regional perspective. The event also gave the students the opportunity to participate in workshops hosted by international lawyers with experience in the arbitration sector.
Event proceedings introduced the next generation of legal professionals to EMAC’s arbitration rules. Provided with a real world arbitration problem, governed by EMAC arbitration rules, participating students were required to prepare written submissions on behalf of the Claimant and Respondent, with the successful teams moving on to the final oral argument round.
Renowned arbitrators, locally and internationally, were engaged to both support the students in improving their advocacy skills and review EMAC arbitration rules in practice.
After months of hard work, the first place at the inaugural EMAC regional moot was awarded to Middlesex University Dubai, represented by Maimoona Nalkhande, Suzan Shaban and Manar Hassan. Maimoona Nalkhande was also recognised as the ‘Best Individual Oralist’. Other awards were presented to other participants, such as the National Law University – Jodhpur for the ‘Best Claimant Memorandum’, and the University of Dubai for the ‘Best Respondent Memorandum’. Finally the ‘Best Team Spirit’ award went to University of Sharjah.
“We are proud to be continuing our relationship with Middlesex University Dubai’s Law faculty to provide opportunities for today’s legal students to hone their practical skills, especially in the areas of arbitration and alternate dispute resolution,” said Mr. Majid Obaid bin Bashir, Acting Chairman and Secretary General, EMAC. “Through their participation, the moot provides regional students with an opportunity to gain knowledge on international arbitration, a particularly fast growing form of dispute resolution.”
“At Middlesex University Dubai we are committed to providing our students with events and programmes which meet their educational needs and feed their passion for learning,” said Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes, Director, Middlesex University Dubai. “Our partnership with EMAC gives our students the invaluable real world experience and skills they need in order to succeed in their chosen career path. Congratulations to the moot winners and everyone who participated in the event.”
“With Dubai’s increasing profile as a venue for international maritime arbitration, it is really encouraging to see EMAC working with the next generation of lawyers to give them vital experience of the arbitration process,” said Sean O’Sullivan QC, a renowned arbitrator from the UK.Nov 2017