Transnational Arbitration

#YoungITATalks Dubai

A Fireside Chat featuring Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Dubai, UAE

Past Event

3:00 pm – 5.30 pm

Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP
Burj Daman Building - Level 13
Dubai, UAE

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Presented by Young ITA

Co-sponsored by CIArb YMG - UAE Chapter, ICC YAF - Dubai Chapter and Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP

As a part of Dubai Arbitration Week, Young ITA presents a Fireside Chat featuring Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab. Join us to gain insights into the continually evolving arbitration landscape.

Additionally, do not miss a mock case management conference, where counsels will engage in a discussion about the use of AI tools in international arbitration and explore questions surrounding the permissibility, parameters, and consequences of employing AI in dispute resolution.

#YoungITATalks is a series of local events presented around the world, featuring talks, workshops or interviews that cover a wide range of subjects relating to arbitration. The #YoungITATalks series is designed for education, conversation and sharing knowledge and experiences among young practitioners.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, this event is tuition-free. Please register in advance to help us have an accurate headcount. Please only register if you intend to attend in person.

Schedule and Faculty

3:00–3:05 pm - Welcome

  • Magda Kofluk, Managing Associate, Stephenson Harwood Middle East (Dubai, UAE), Young ITA Middle East Chair

3:05–3:45 pm - A fireside chat with Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Interviewee: Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction, and Energy Groups, Zulficar & Partners (Cairo, Egypt)


  • Amr Omran, Senior Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Dubai, UAE), ICC YAF Dubai Chair
  • Aseel Zimmo, Advisor to Bahrain Minister of Justice, Advisor to Bahrain Supreme Judicial Council (Bahrain)

3:45–4:45 pm - Young Practitioners Debate – Use of AI tools in international arbitration

Case Management Conference Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, sole arbitrator


Introduced by Robert Landicho, Counsel, Vinson & Elkins LLP (Dubai, UAE), Strategic Planning Co-Chair – ITA

The Arbitral Tribunal has asked the parties, at the first Case Management Conference in an ICC arbitration, to present their views on whether (and if so, under what parameters) the parties and the Arbitral Tribunal may use Artificial Intelligence (or “AI”) in the arbitration. The Arbitral Tribunal has asked to hear from the Parties regarding the following issues at the CMC, on which the Parties could not reach agreement:

  • Whether it is permissible for the Parties (or their Experts) to use AI tools in the preparation of submissions, expert opinions or other documents that are material relied upon (including evidence and demonstratives), and if so, whether the fact of its use (or how it was used) must be disclosed or whether the party using the AI must certify the parameters of its use.
  • Assuming that AI use is permitted, is this use limited to use in a “closed-database” or is use of public AI tools permitted? How will confidentiality be ensured? Must both parties be able to access the same AI tools for equality of arms purposes?
  • Is the Arbitral Tribunal permitted to use AI tools (and if so, Generative AI tools)? For research purposes? To provide accurate summaries of key facts or to generate the procedural history of a case for use in the Final Award?

Counsel Appearances:

For Respondent:

  • Matthew Harley, Senior Associate, Reed Smith (Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • Faisal Al Hinai FCIArb, Addleshaw Goddard, Associate, Addelshaw Goddard (Dubai, UAE)

For Claimant:

  • Khadija El-Leithy, White & Case (Dubai)
  • Caroline Hibberd, Managing Associate, Stephenson Harwood Middle East; (Dubai, UAE)

4:45 - Closing Remarks

  • Arun Visweswaran, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP, Dubai

4:50-5:30 pm - Networking and canapes

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