Under the patronage of HIS HIGHNESS Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Under the patronage of HIS HIGHNESS Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Under the patronage of HIS HIGHNESS Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Under the patronage of HIS HIGHNESS Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Under the patronage of HIS HIGHNESS Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)



Conference7-8 Nov2018


The Dubai Conference on Court Excellence and Innovation: Today & Tomorrow 2018 Aims to highlight the key values and success factors in the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE) and identify international best practice and challenges for Courts around the globe. We will discuss practical strategies that are vital to achieving court excellence within all judicial systems. Building on the success of the ICCE Conference in 2017 held in Melbourne, Australia, The Dubai Conference on Court Excellence and Innovation: Today & Tomorrow 2018 will provide delegates from around the world insight into the developments taking place in court innovation, service excellence and look at future technologies like AI, blockchain, robotics and their legal implications on courts around the world.

  • Conference will be delivered in both English and Arabic

  • 8:30 am to 9.00 am


  • 9:00 am to 9:20 am

    Keynote speech by Chief Justice Michael Hwang, DIFC Courts

  • 9:20 am to 09:50 am

    “Welcome – The International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE Framework): What, How and Why?”

  • presentations and panel discussion

  • 9.50 am to 11.00 am

    “The Path to Excellence: Strategy, Structures and Governance”

  • 11.00 am to 11.30 am

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • Presentation

  • 11.30 am to 12.00 am

    “Smart SCT: The Virtual Hearing”

  • presentations and panel discussion

  • 12.00 am to 1.00 pm

    “The UAE/GCC Judicial System Experience”

  • 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm


  • presentations

  • 2.00 pm to 2.30 pm

    “Evolution of International Courts Towards Excellence”

  • 2.30 pm to 3:00 pm

    “Opportunities for Courts to Collaborate”

  • 3.00 pm to 3.45 pm

    “Work Plan for a 21st Century Court”

  • 3.45 pm to 4.15 pm

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • presentations

  • 4.15 pm to 5.00 pm

    “The World of Online Courts”

  • panel

  • 5.00 pm to 5.30 pm

    “A Dynamic Judiciary: Success Stories from Courts Around the World”

  • Conference will be delivered in both English and Arabic

  • 8:30 am to 9.00 am


  • 9.00 am to 9.15 am

    Welcome Speech, Mrs. Amna Al Owais, Chief Executive Officer, DIFC Courts & Chief Executive, DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority

  • presentations

  • 9.15 am to 9.45 am

    Presentation by Microsoft on “Access to Justice Through Technology”

  • 9.45 am to 10.00 am

    Presentation on Certification of Judgments using Blockchain

  • 10.00 am to 10.30 am

    “Court Excellence in a Digital Age”

  • 10.30 am to 11.00 am

    “Why Is Mediation Increasingly Important to Courts as a Conflict Avoidance Tool?”

  • 11.00 am to 11.30 am

    Tea and Coffee Break

  • presentations and panel discussion

  • 11.30 am to 12.00 am

    “Robotics, Cyberlaw, Electronic Evidence, Cybersecurity: New Opportunities & Challenges”

  • 12.00 am to 12.45 pm

    "AI Adjudication of Cases"

  • panel

  • 12.45 pm to 1.25 pm

    “Technology and Access to Justice”

  • 1.25 pm to 1.30 pm

    Closing remarks by Ms. Reem Al Shihhe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority

  • 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm


  • 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

    IFCE Framework Workshop (Optional)

  • Afternoon

    Free & Easy / Explore Dubai

  • 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm

    DIFC Academy of Law Annual Gala 2018

Who Should Attend:
  • Judiciary
  • Court Administrators
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Policymakers
  • Academics
  • Government Organisations
  • Legal Tech Experts
  • Futurists

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton,
Dubai International Financial Centre,
Dubai, UAE


  • Steve Crown

    Steve Crown

    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Microsoft

    Steve is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Human Rights, Microsoft Corporation, contributing to development and interpretation of company-wide policies that support advocacy for Rule of Law and respect for human rights in the conduct of the company’s business across the globe. In order to advance company and industry initiatives and public-private partnerships to make the global internet safer and more trusted, Steve works closely with other companies, academics, investors, civil society, national governments and international organizations.

    Since joining Microsoft in 1997 Steve has served in a variety of roles, including as VP and Deputy General Counsel for China strategy, VP & DGC for Office, and VP & DGC for Entertainment and Devices (Xbox, Windows Phone, and television and music services).

    Before joining Microsoft Steve practiced law with the firm now known as K&L Gates, served as International Business Vice President for a company that built out wireless telephone networks in Russia, and established a commercial law practice with special focus on technology transfers and international trade and investment.

    Steve holds degrees from the University of Washington, the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School. He serves in leadership positions on a range of organizations, including the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (past chair), the Global Network Initiative (executive committee) the International Bar Association Media Law Committee (executive committee), and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars (past president).

    Steve is fluent in English and Russian.

  • Lord David Hope

    Lord David Hope

    Chief Justice ADGM Courts

    Lord Hope of Craighead (David Hope) is Chief Justice of ADGM Courts, having retired from the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in June 2013. He practised at the Scottish Bar as a member of the Faculty of Advocates for 24 years, becoming a Queen’s Counsel in 1978. He served as Standing Junior Counsel for the Board of Inland Revenue in Scotland from 1974 to 1978 and as an Advocate Depute (a senior prosecutor in the High Court of Justiciary) from 1978 to 1982. From 1986 to 1989 he was Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (Chairman of the Scottish Bar). While at the bar he had an extensive practice in tax, construction and oil and gas law and sat occasionally as a sole arbitrator.

    In 1989 Lord Hope was appointed to the bench as Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General of Scotland (the Chief Justice in Scotland). He held these offices until 1996, when he was appointed to sit as a judge in the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. In 2009 he was appointed to be the Second Senior Lord of Appeal in the House of Lords. He became Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom when that court was established in October 2009. He continued to hold that office until he retired, having sat as an appellate judge for 24 years. For 17 of those years he was a member of the UK’s highest court, and he also sat as a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He was appointed as Chief Justice of ADGM Courts in October 2015. He is also Convenor of the Crossbench Peers in the House of Lords.

  • Justice Michael Hwang

    Chief Justice Michael Hwang

    Chief Justice DIFC Courts

    Justice Michael Hwang was appointed as the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts in June 2010. He is a graduate of Oxford University and a former law teacher in the University of Sydney and University of Singapore.

    In 1997, he was appointed as one of the first 12 Senior Counsel (SC) of the Supreme Court of Singapore (a status equivalent to that of Queen’s Counsel in England). In 1999, he was elected a Member of the American Law Institute and served as a Visiting Professor to the National University of Singapore teaching advocacy and commercial arbitration. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as a Commissioner of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based in Geneva, a body set up under the Security Council to assess claims against Iraq arising from the first Gulf War.

  • Richard Susskind

    Richard Susskind

    Author, Speaker, and Independent Adviser

    Professor Richard Susskind OBE is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service and, in particular, the way in which the IT and the Internet are changing the work of lawyers. He has worked on legal technology for over 30 years. He lectures internationally, has written many books, and advised on numerous government inquiries.

    Richard lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries and has addressed audiences (in person and electronically), numbering more than 250,000. He has written and edited numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005), The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow's Lawyers (2013), and has written around 150 columns for The Times. His work has been translated into 10 languages.

    He has advised on many government inquiries and, since 1998, has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Richard is President of the Society for Computers and Law, Chair of the Online Dispute Resolution Advisory Group of the Civil Justice Council, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute where he is also a Visiting Professor. He also hold professorships at UCL, Gresham College, London, and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

    Richard has a first class honours degree in law from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He has received numerous legal industry awards and is an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society, and was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.

    He lives in Radlett, England, with his wife and three children. His hobbies include running, golf, skiing, reading and cinema.


    Although Richard is self-employed and works independently, he does not claim to be a dispassionate analyst or to be free of commercial interests. His passion is the modernization of the practice of law and the administration of justice. His belief that the professions and justice systems should be modernized underpins most of his activities as an advisor and commentator.

    Richard's work is not confined to the academic world and to advising in the public sector. He consults widely in the private sector, to major law firms and to large in-house legal departments. He has been an active member of an advisory board of Lyceum Capital, a private equity firm that is committed to investing in the legal profession; and he was chairman of the advisory board of Integreon, a legal and business process outsourcing business.

    Given his various roles, responsibilities, and interests, Richard is sensitive to conflicts that may arise, and he discusses these regularly with those with whom he works closely.

  • Tarish Eid Al Mansouri

    H.E Tarish Eid Al Mansouri

    Director General Dubai Courts

    His Excellency Tarish Eid Al Mansouri is the Director General of Dubai Courts, and has been in the position since 2014. He is also a member of the Executive Council of Dubai and Vice Chairman of Dubai Judicial Institute.

    Prior to his current position, Al Mansouri was the Assistant General Commander for Administrative Affairs at Dubai Police. During his tenure at Dubai Courts since 2014, Al Mansouri made major

    Tarish Eid Al Mansouri's Expertise :

    • Deputy Director of the General Directorate of National Security
    • Director of Department of Administrative and Subjectivity Affairs (Dubai Police)
    • Director of Department of Planning and Development (Dubai Police)
    • Director of Department of Human Resources (Dubai Police)
    • Assistant General Commander for Administrative Affairs
    • Dubai Courts General Manager

    Tarish Eid Al Mansouri Educational Qualification:

    • Post – Graduate Diploma (Private Law).
    • Bachelor of Arts in Law.
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Policy
    • Diploma in Security Studies.
  • Judge Barney Thomas

    Judge Evangelos M. Thomas

    Judge Auckland District Court, New Zealand

    Judge Barney Thomas has been a judge of the District Court of New Zealand since 2011. He holds general and criminal jury warrants. For ten years until 2005, he was a Crown prosecutor in New Zealand, mainly prosecuting criminal jury trials. He then worked at New Zealand’s Crown Law Office, the Office of the Solicitor-General, representing the Crown on criminal appeals and managing extradition cases.

    In 2006 has was a member of legal/diplomatic missions to Rwanda, helping Rwandan authorities to build war crimes cases, and to the United States, where he helped negotiate an updated NZ-US extradition treaty.

    From 2007 until 2011 he was a prosecuting trial attorney at the United NationsInternational Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, responsible for prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has been involved directly in the International Framework for Court Excellence as part of the NZ Chief District Court Judge’s IFCE Committee since 2013.

  • Judge Jennifer Marie

    Judge Jennifer Marie

    Deputy Chief District Judge/Registrar Subordinate Courts, Singapore

    Jennifer Marie is the Deputy Presiding Judge and Registrar of the State Courts (Singapore). She performs both judicial and administrative functions at the State Courts.

    Ms Marie graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1983. Subsequently, she obtained a Master of Laws degree from the University of London in 1990. She joined the Legal Service and was posted to the then Crime Division of the Attorney- General’s Chamber as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel.

    There she rose to be a Chief Prosecutor at the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1999 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2016 for her invaluable contributions to the administration of justice.

    There she rose to be a Chief Prosecutor at the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1999 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2016 for her invaluable contributions to the administration of justice.

    She has been appointed as a Principal Mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre and also a Healthcare Mediator. She is a member of the Executive Board of the International Consortium for Court Excellence and has delivered a number of papers at international conferences and meetings on the State Courts journey towards greater organisational excellence in the administration of justice. In addition to her judicial and administrative functions, she is also an Adjunct Professor at the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore and co-teaches a course on Advanced Criminal Legal Process. She is also currently the Executive Secretary of the Singapore After-Care Association and has been a member of it since 1983.

  • Ali Shamis Al Madhani

    Judge Ali Shamis Al Madhani

    Judge DIFC Courts

    In January 2008, H.E. Ali Shamis Al Madhani was sworn in as a Judge of the DIFC Courts, and in April 2008 he was appointed and sworn in as a Judge of the DIFC Courts Court of Appeal. He was later appointed as a member of the Joint Committee of the Dubai Courts.

    He began his judicial career in 1994 until 1998 as a Public Prosecutor for Dubai Public Prosecution. In 1998, he was appointed by the Ruler of Dubai to serve as a Judge in the Dubai Courts. During his tenure as a Dubai Courts’ Judge, he was adjudicated over a large number of major commercial, criminal and civil cases.

    H.E. Justice Ali Al Madhani is the Current Chairman of the Middle East Board for Courts Administration under the International Association for Court Administration (IACA).

  • Tun Zaki Bin Azmi

    Judge Tun Zaki Bin Azmi

    Judge DIFC Courts

    Justice Tun Zaki Bin Azmi joined the DIFC Courts in December 2013. He retired as the Chief Justice of Malaysia in September 2011, upon reaching the retirement age of judges of the superior courts in Malaysia. His greatest achievement as the 12th Chief Justice was to clear the outstanding backlog of cases affecting the Malaysian Courts and to reduce the hearing time for newly filed cases, an achievement which was recognised by the World Bank.

    He held the post of Chief Justice of Malaysia for three years, having previously served as the President of the Court of Appeal. He was elevated directly as a Federal Judge on September 5, 2007.

  • Nassir Al Nasser

    Nassir Al Nasser

    SCT Judge & Registrar DIFC Courts

    Nassir was appointed as a DIFC Courts’ Judicial Officer in December 2012. In 2017 he was appointed as an SCT Judge and Registrar. Nassir is a graduate of the University of Middlesex (UK) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. Nassir is also the first Emirati to join the DIFC Courts whose primary legal training has been in English common law.

    Prior to joining the DIFC Courts, Nassir undertook a training programme with Dubai Public Prosecutor’s Officer and Dubai Courts as an intern. Nassir works closely with the DIFC Courts’ international and national Judges, providing judicial support by undertaking legal research, sitting on Small Case Tribunal (SCT) proceedings and sitting in Case Management conference and application hearings.

  • Roger Bilodeau

    Roger Bilodeau, QC

    Registrar Supreme Court of Canada

    Roger Bilodeau is a native of Ste-Agathe, Manitoba (Canada).  He studied common law in French and received his law degree (LL.B.) from the Université de Moncton in 1981. In 1987, he completed graduate studies in law (LL.M.) at Duke University in the United States.

    He has been admitted to the Law Society of Manitoba, the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Law Society of Upper Canada.  He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association.

    He has practiced law in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario. He was also a professor of law at the Faculté de droit de l'Université de Moncton. From 1999 to 2003, he had the privilege of serving as Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice for New Brunswick.

    He also worked with a Canadian consortium on a capacity-building project aimed at strengthening democratic governance in Iraq, focusing on the management of language diversity and the protection and the promotion of human rights, as well as women's political participation.

    During the course of his career, he has presented cases in both official languages in all Manitoba and New Brunswick courts, in the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia, as well as in the Federal Court of Canada. He also acted as one of the senior counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into Air India Flight 182.

    Since March 2009, he occupies the position of Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). The Registrar:

    heads the overall administration of the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada, under the direction of the Chief Justice;

    exercises quasi-judicial powers in accordance with the Supreme Court Act and Rules;

    administers the Judges Act in regard to its application to the Judges of the SCC; and

    participates in selected outreach activities on behalf of the SCC, including SCC delegations in regard to the activities and meetings of various international associations of supreme courts from numerous countries.

    In his capacity as Registrar, he is also a member of the Heads of Court Administration (HoCA), a national committee which brings together the lead government officials responsible for court services in all Canadian jurisdictions.

  • Jessica Der Matossian

    Jessica Der Matossian

    Registrar Federal Court of Australia

    Jessica Der Matossian is the Judicial Registrar, Digital Practice of the Federal Court of Australia. She is also Secretariat of the Judges’ Digital Practice Committee and Chair of the Courts’ Artificial Intelligence Committee.

    Jessica is responsible for driving digital innovations and business plans for each national practice area of the Federal Court. She has been instrumental in developing a digital hearings platform, improving the existing practices and procedures to support a ‘working digitally’ environment, and introducing advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and the mining of big data for the benefit of dispute resolution, and administrative registrar decisions.

    Jessica holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Western Sydney University. She was admitted as a Lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in October 2014.

  • Amna Sultan Al Owais

    Amna Al Owais

    Chief Executive DIFC Courts

    Amna joined the DIFC Courts in 2006, she became the Deputy Registrarin 2008 and Deputy Chief Executive of the Dispute Resolution Authority in 2014. Previous to her employment at the DIFC Courts, she practiced as a lawyer in the litigation department with Hadef Al Dhahiri and Associates (Hadef& Partners now) in Dubai. Prior to that, she trained at the UAE Ministry of Justice and was admitted to practice in both the Dubai local and federal courts. Amna obtained her Masters (LLM) with Commendation in International Commercial Law from Kingston University, London.

    In addition to her role as Registrar of DIFC Courts she is also Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World, Chairwoman of the DIFC Courts’ Users’ Committee, a member of the Consulting Council for the University of Sharjah College of Law. In 2014, after an extensive selection process Amna was selected to join the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development – the Young Leaders category and in the same year, appointed to the Advisory Board of the International Bar Association's Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee.

    Amna has played a key part in the establishment and development of the DIFC Courts and creation of the Dispute Resolution Authority in 2014. She spearheaded the establishment of the DIFC Courts’ Pro-Bono Programme launched in 2009, which is the first scheme of its kind in the Middle East. In 2011 Amna was recognised by the International Bar Association as one of the top 3 young lawyers in the world.

    Within her role as Registrar of DIFC Courts Amna undertakes various judicial functions and other duties as prescribed in Article 17 of the DIFC Courts Law No. 10 of 2004. AsRegistrar of the Small Claims Tribunal, one of the busiest of the DIFC Courts, Amna coordinates all of the claims lodged and undertakes case consultations with the parties.

  • Daniel J Hall

    Daniel J Hall

    Vice President National Center for State Courts (NCSC)

    DANIEL J. HALL is Vice President of the NationalCenter for State Courts (NCSC), Court Consulting Services Division in Denver, Colorado. He is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of consulting work and the provision of technical assistance to the nation's courts through the NCSC which is headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia.

    He has overseen more than 1700 court consulting projects in the US over the course of his career. Before joining the NCSC in July 2001, he was the Director of Planning and Analysis for the Colorado Judicial Department.

    In that role, he served as the Legislative Liaison for the Judicial Branch as well as the Executive Director of the State Commission on Judicial Performance.

    Since joining NCSC he has directed the development of CourTools (2005) and guided the revision of the Conference of Chief Justices’/Conference of State Court Administrators’/American Bar Association’s Model Time Standards (2011).

    In addition he led the development of the Principles for Judicial Administration (2013) to assist courts as they strive to be efficient, effective, fair and secure adequate funding. His Division is currently providing staff support to the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ)/Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) Fines, Fees and Bail Task Force and their Opioid Task Force.

    He was the NCSC lead on providing technical assistance to courts during the 2003 and 2009 fiscal crises. In addition, he has provided court consulting services internationally working in Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Greece, Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Singapore.

    He is a founding member of the International Consortium for Court Excellence(ICCE) that produces the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE).

    He serves as the Chair of the Consortium’s Executive Committee. He has worked to implement the IFCE in eighteen countries.

    The IFCE is a tool countries can use to assess how well their judicial services are being delivered. He has served as an adjunct professor at Denver University College of Law.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Mark Beer OBE

    Mark Beer OBE

    President IACA

    Mark Beer is President of the International Association for Court Administration, a visiting fellow at Oxford University and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Expert Network. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global Legal Action Network, advisor to the Board of Resolve Disputes Online, a member of The Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice focussed on addressing UN SDG 16.3 and a member of the International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

    Mark served as the Chief Executive of the Dubai International Finance Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority, Registrar General of the DIFC Courts and a Small Claims Tribunal judge for over 10 years, recently returning to the UK. During his 21 years in the United Arab Emirates, Mark also held various board positions, including four years as Chairman of the British Business Group, Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

    Before joining the DIFC Courts in 2008, Mark served as Regional Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa, and then Vice President, Sales and Corporate Services, for MasterCard. Prior to that, he started out in his career as a company and commercial lawyer for Edge and Ellison before joining Clyde & Co in Dubai. He has also worked as corporate finance lawyer at Man Investments in Switzerland.

  • Reem Al Shihhe

    Reem Al Shihhe

    Deputy Chief Executive Officer Dispute Resolution Authority

    Reem began her career in Human Resources with the DIFC Authority and joined the DIFC Courts in January 2011 as the Head of Human Resources and Business Excellence. In 2013, under Reem’s direction and as a result of the DIFC Courts commitment to court excellence, DIFC Courts became the first court in the world to achieve the International Standard for Service Excellence (TISSE) certification.

    In 2014 the DIFC Courts, led by Reem, attained the 5 Star Customer Excellence Award by the UAE Prime Minister – the first non-federal UAE government entity to do so. Following her success in 2015, Reem graduated from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development – the Young Leaders category.

    In 2016, Reem became the International Consortium for Court Excellence Representative for DIFC Courts and Member of the Executive Committee following the DIFC Courts proudly becoming a member of the International Consortium for Court Excellence (ICCE), becoming one of the premier league Courts, working actively to assist judiciaries across the world to adopt the International Framework for Court Excellence.

    Most recently Reem became the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Dispute Resolution Authority, the third body of the DIFC, alongside the DIFC Authority and the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

  • Peter Lee

    Peter Lee

    Chief Executive Wavelength Law

    Peter is CEO and co-founder of Wavelength where he is responsible for all aspects of the business, including legal service delivery and general commercial matters. He is an experienced commercial lawyer, having trained and worked in the City of London with Bird & Bird LLP and at various in-house legal teams in the mobile security, professional services, financial services and IT outsourcing sectors. The Legal 500 recommends him as “a particularly good engineering specialist” with “a first-class City background”.

    Wavelength is based in Cambridge and London, UK. They are the world’s first and only regulated firm of Legal Engineers – acting for global law firms, legal teams and judiciaries. In 2017, Wavelength won the first Online Courts Hackathon. It was jointly staged by the Judiciary of England and Wales, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, the Society for Computers and Law, and Legal Geek. Wavelength’s winning solution was a digital pathfinder using a voice interface, decision logic and document automation tools that was developed to be easy to use by the public.

  • Marcus Lim Tao Shien

    Marcus Lim Tao Shien

    Executive Director SIMI

    Currently the Executive Director of SIMI, which is Singapore’s first professional accreditation standards body for mediation, his responsibilities include co-ordinating & running outreach workshops in mediation with SIMI’s partners both within Singapore as well as around the world.

    Marcus’ background in mediation extends almost a decade, receiving his formal training in mediation skills at the NUS Faculty Of Law Mediation Workshop under Associate Professor Joel Lee Tye Beng, a pioneer and luminary of the Singapore mediation community. Marcus was also accredited as a professional Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre prior to the completion of his legal education.

    Marcus’ passion for mediation and negotiation extends to his work in the teaching, coaching and training fields as well.

    Recently, he was accepted as Consultant with CM Partners, a global leader in negotiation, communication, strategic relationship management, and leadership development whose methods were first conceived at the Harvard Negotiation Project. In 2018, he was also invited to join the panel of Associate Trainers for the Civil Service College, the leading learning and education institution for the Singapore Public Service.

    Prior to his role at SIMI, Marcus was an associate with Rajah & Tann LLP, one of the largest law firms in Singapore, advising a variety of international and local firms on cutting edge issues relating to competition, telecommunication and technology law.

  • David Vaughn

    David Vaughn

    Chief of Party USAID

    David Vaughn is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating legal and judicial reform projects throughout Europe and Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America. He acted as Rule of Law Advisor for the American Bar Association's Central Europe and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) in Kazakhstan, helping to establish a regional bar association, a judicial advocacy organization, and a legislative drafting office.

    Mr. Vaughn also served as Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Russian-American Judicial Partnership in Moscow, Russia, where he led judicial education and court administration programs. As a Senior Manager at Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm based in Washington, DC, he supervised and provided technical guidance to rule of law and commercial law reform projects in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Russia, and Zambia.

    Mr. Vaughn also served as Chief of Party for the USAID Women’s Legal Rights Initiative, a worldwide project that focused on legal drafting, justice sector enforcement, civil society advocacy, and public awareness with activities in Albania, Benin, Guatemala, Madagascar, Rwanda, and regional programs in southern Africa that included Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland. As a member of the board of directors of Chemonics International, he contributed to the transition of the company from private to employee ownership.

    Mr. Vaughn currently serves as Chief of Party for the USAID/Ukraine New Justice Program, which focuses on strengthening judicial independence and self-governance, increasing judicial accountability and transparency, improving the administration of justice, raising the quality of legal education, and expanding access to justice and protection of human rights.

    He holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, as well as a M.A. in political science and B.A. in Russian from the University of Vermont. Mr. Vaughn also completed a certificate program in mediating disputes at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He speaks Ukrainian, Russian, French, and Spanish.

  • Seah Chi Ling

    Seah Chi-Ling

    District Judge/Senior Director State Courts of Singapore

    Profile will be updated soon...

  • David M. Masuhara

    David M. Masuhara

    Justice Supreme Court of British Columbia

    Justice Masuhara is a justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. He was appointed in 2002 and sits in Vancouver, B.C. He has been engaged in court technology matters for many years and chairs the Joint Courts Technology Committee (Court of Appeal and Supreme Court). He is a member of the British Columbia Court Services Technology Board which oversees planning and resourcing for technology for the courts. He is past chair of the Judicom Advisory Board, which oversees the national network for the federal judiciary. He is also a past governor of the Law Foundation of B.C. He is a frequent speaker on technology and class actions. He recently completed a term as the Inns of Court Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. His area of research was artificial intelligence and adjudication. He is presently participating in a provincial initiative to leverage innovative AI technologies that will assist the justice system to modernize and be more sustainable.

  • Kyle Snowdon

    Kyle Snowdon

    Vice President - International Sales Tyler Technologies

    Mr. Snowdon has spent his entire career focused on assisting courts around the world plan for and implement technology solutions that fundamentally improve the administration of justice. Mr. Snowdon has worked for Tyler Technologies for 11 years focusing on technologies that expand access to justice around the world. Prior to Tyler Technologies Mr. Snowdon spent the previous eight years helping courts strategically plan for the implementation of technology solutions.

    Focus for Discussion:
    Focusing on increasing access to justice through the deployment of technologies at scale to fundamentally improve our society. Many of these technologies start and live as "good ideas" for years with little impact on our society. Tyler Technologies specializes on taking those good ideas and deploying them at scale across thousands of courts and the millions of residents that those courts serve. I will discuss these technologies at a generic level, such as Electronic Filing or Online Dispute Resolution, and the methods we use to deploy these once good ideas at a large scale that fundamentally “move the needle” in access to justice. Specific focus will be paid on those technologies that focus on the underserved and unrepresented litigants in the justice process.

  • Jeremy Cooke

    Jeremy Cooke

    Judge Commercial Court

    High Court Judge, Queen’s Bench Division, 2001, appointed to the Commercial Court, 2003.

    Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit 2007-2011.President of East Sussex Magistrates Association 2008- 2012.

    Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court from Easter 2012 to January 2014, specialising in commercial litigation.

    LecturesAs Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, I have frequently lectured on the background to and future of the Commercial Court. In 2014 I visited the DIFC and spoke about the current trends in the Commercial Court in London.

    In 2013 I gave a series of talks to series of talks to judges, lawyers and students in Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya, on case management, professional ethics and corruption. Between 2012 and 2015 I have given similar talks and led seminars with lawyers from the Ukraine, the Caucuses and Eastern Europe about integrity, corruption, professional standards and ethics.

    CareerArticled Clerk with Speechly Mumford and Soames 1971-1973, admitted as a solicitor 1973. Practised with Coward Chance, now Clifford Chance 1973-1976 in commercial litigation and general corporate and commercial work.

    Called to the Bar 1976 (Lincoln’s Inn), Droop Scholar. Practised at the Commercial Bar at 7 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London EC2V 7LD, specialising in Commercial Court and Arbitration work.

    Sat regularly as an Arbitrator from 1988 onwards. Accredited Mediator with CEDR since December 1996. Appointed QC 1990. Assistant Recorder 1994, Recorder 1998 - crime and the ordinary civil jurisdiction. Head of Chambers 1999-2001. Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn 2001. Member of Combar and Supporting Member of LMAA.


    • Whitgift School, 1959-1966.
    • St Edmund Hall, Oxford (Open Exhibition in history to read law) 1967-1970.
    • Rugby Blues 1968 and 1969.
    • MA 1st Class Honours in Jurisprudence.


    • Harlequins RFC 1970-75.
    • Reader in the Church of England.
    • Member of National Club and Vincent’s Club.
    • Advisory Board of International Association of English In Law and Insurance.
    • Golf, singing.
  • Dr. Ramzan AlNoaimi

    Dr. Ramzan AlNoaimi

    Judge at The High Civil Court Kingdom of Bahrain

    Dr. Ramzan AlNoaimi is a Judge at the High Civil Court in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Dr. AlNoaimi received his Doctorate degree in (2016) from Georgetown University Law Center. Formerly, he served as the Director of the Judicial and Legal Studies Institute as well as an Assistant Professor in the College of Law at the University of Bahrain. His academic and professional interests are in areas of Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. He is also interested in studies of courts management and courts excellence.

  • Kashim Zannah

    Kashim Zannah

    Chief Judge High Court of Borno State, Nigeria

    Hon Justice Kashim Zannah, OFR, is the Chief Judge of the High Court of Borno State, Nigeria. Called to the Bar in the year 1984, his career spanspublic prosecution, magistracy, judicial administration and elevation to the High Court bench in the year 1997 and appointment as Chief Judge on the 3rd day of January 2006.

    His lordship is active on several international bodies in the field of judicial education and justice generally. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network (GJIN) under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

    He serves on the Boards of Directors of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL), Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI), International Institute for Justice Excellence (IIJE), The Hague andis Deputy President of the International Organisation for Judicial Training (IOJT).

    At the national level, he chairs the Judicial Information Technology Policy Committee (JITPO-COM) of the National Judicial Council, the committee implementing a nationwide project for the automation of court processes. The committee undertook the development and is deploying the bespoke Nigerian Case Management System (NCMS) across three tiers of courts and the Nigerian Legal Email Service (NILES).

  • Dominique Hascher

    Dominique Hascher

    Judge French Supreme Judicial Court

    Dominique Hascher is a Judge of the French Supreme Judicial Court and an International Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

    He joined the French judiciary in 1982 and was General Counsel and Deputy-Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) from 1990 to 1998.

    He received his LL.B from the University of Paris (1977) and an LL.M from Harvard Law School (1983) with a Fulbright Scholarship.

    Judge Hascher was elected Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn (London) in 2004, a Member of the American Law Institute in 2007 and a Member of the Governing Board of ICCA in 2012 (cochair of the Judiciary Committee in 2017).

  • Dr. Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo

    Dr. Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo

    Cloud Technology Endowed Associate Professor University of Texas at San Antonio

    Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo received the Ph.D. in Information Security in 2006 from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He currently holds the Cloud Technology Endowed Professorship at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

    In 2016, he was named the Cybersecurity Educator of the Year - APAC (Cybersecurity Excellence Awards are produced in cooperation with the Information Security Community on LinkedIn), and in 2015 he and his team won the Digital Forensics Research Challenge organized by Germany's University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

    He is the recipient of the 2018 UTSA College of Business Col. Jean Piccione and Lt. Col. Philip Piccione Endowed Research Award for Tenured Faculty, IEEE TrustCom 2018 Best Paper Award, ESORICS 2015 Best Research Paper Award, 2014 Highly Commended Award by the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, Fulbright Scholarship in 2009, 2008 Australia Day Achievement Medallion, and British Computer Society's Wilkes Award in 2008.

    He was a visiting expert at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), Singapore, between Aug 2015 and Feb 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, an IEEE Senior Member, and an Honorary Commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

  • Kim Kwang

    Paul Sachs

    Founder and Chief Technology Officer CaseLines

    Profile will be updated soon.

  • Mohammed Alsuboosi

    Mohammed Alsuboosi

    Justice of the Dubai Commercial Court Dubai Courts

    Judge Mohammed Alsuboosi joined Dubai Courts in 1999 and has been the Chief of the Commercial Court since 2014.

    He previously presided the commercial circuit in Appeal Court and worked on a variety of cases before this court.

    He also presided circuit of Summary Proceedings in Dubai Courts and dealt particularly with Commercial and Civil execution matters, interim, and conservatory applications.

    Judge Alsuboosi graduated as Government Leader from Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development, And holds a Bachelor's degree in law & Diploma degree in Police science from Dubai Police Academy, and a Higher Diploma degree from the Dubai judicial Institute.

    He played an important role in securing Dubai Courts' first position in terms of judicial work in the region pursuant to the Doing Business report by the World Bank, And was generally recognized for his achievements in terms of improving Dubai's courts performance.

    Finally, he undertook several projects to modernize the judicial work at the court through the development of online and smart services.

  • Sia Lagos

    Sia Lagos

    Principal Judicial Registrar and National Operations Registrar Federal Court of Australia

    Sia Lagos is the Principal Judicial Registrar and National Operations Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia.

    Sia’s dynamic approach has earned her a reputation as an exceptional leader and reformer in the legal field across both State and Federal jurisdictions.

    As the Principal Judicial Registrar and National Operations Registrar of the Federal Court, Sia is responsible for the design, implementation and ongoing operation of the Court’s National Court Framework. This framework governs the Court's case management systems and has modernised its operations so that the Court can operate highly effectively as a truly national and international Court and meet the demands of a wide range of litigants.

    Sia works closely with the Chief Justice of the Court and all of its judges nationally. Her wide-ranging role includes the careful analysis and allocation of the Court’s first-instance and appellate judicial work nationally on behalf of the Chief Justice. In addition, Sia is also responsible for the in-depth analysis, reporting and monitoring of the Court’s judicial workload across its nine national practice areas and appeals, and the development of key policy and practice to support the National Court Framework.

    In one of her most engaging roles, Sia provides direct support for judges nationally by undertaking complex mediations and case management in the most challenging of cases. Sia ranks amongst the most successful and respected mediators nationally by conducting Court-annexed mediations for the Court, with particular expertise in large multi-party commercial, competition class action and industrial cases.

    One of Sia’s passions in her role within the Court is working closely with foreign Courts to assist them in achieving their aims of building a strong and effective judicial system within their jurisdiction. In particular, Sia has played a key role in this field in Indonesia, taking part in delivering workshops and judicial training programs since 2008 as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Supreme Court of Indonesia and the Federal Court under the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice funded by the Australian government. In this role, Sia has supported the development of institutional frameworks for class actions and mediation within Indonesia.

    Prior to her current role, Sia was the District Registrar for Victoria, managing the Court’s operations locally. It was during this period that Sia developed many of the management structures and innovative mediation techniques that she has now brought to the Court nationally.

    Before coming to the Federal Court, Sia was the Director of Legal Services, for the Victorian WorkCover Authority. During this time she was also the Authority’s managing lawyer in the Longford Royal Commission, the prosecution of Esso Australia in the Supreme Court and the Building Industry Royal Commission.

    Prior to her State and Federal public sector leadership and management roles, Sia built a reputation since 1986 in private practice as a formidable litigator in both civil and criminal litigation.

  • Michael Black QC

    Michael Black QC

    Advocate and Arbitrator

    Michael Black QC is an international disputes lawyer specialising in international arbitration and offshore litigation both as Advocate and Arbitrator. The guides have described him as “a superb and seasoned professional” and refer to his “extensive experience in commercial litigation and arbitration disputes related to the construction, energy and funds sectors … sources consider him a “great name” in London and internationally”. In the court-room his “amazing eye for detail” and “brilliant legal mind” are said to be a “deadly combination” and “his cross-examinations are something to behold”.

    While his practice is truly global, Michael is well known for his Middle East practice having acted throughout his career in cases concerning the Region. An internationally acknowledged expert in civil procedure, he was retained to draft the procedure rules for the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (“DIFC”) and was also consulted on the drafting of the DIFC Arbitration Law. He was the first barrister to be admitted to the bar of the DIFC Courts and appeared in both the first trial (shareholders’ dispute) and the first appeal (appeal against freezing injunction). Chambers and Partners 2016 calls him a “go-to person on DIFC matters” and “singled out for his extensive knowledge of UAE law”. In addition Michael has substantial experience in the PRC, India and Africa.

  • Nour Hineidi Kirk

    Nour Hineidi Kirk

    Deputy Registrar DIFC Courts

    Nour Hineidi Kirk was appointed as Deputy Registrar of the DIFC Courts in February 2018.

    Nour’s main role is to work in tandem with the Registrar, helping to ensure seamless operation of the Courts. Her duties include maintaining the momentum of existing Registry measures, which aim at ensuring increasing efficiency through the accomplishment of technology and human experience. She also focusses on professional development and supporting UAE nationals to pursue senior careers within the DIFC Courts. In addition, Nour consults with the DIFC Courts judges to assist them in carrying out their duties.

    Prior to joining the Courts, Nour practiced in the Dubai office of a large international firm. She has over ten years legal experience in Australia and the Middle East, with her expertise concentrated in international commercial arbitration and litigation across a broad range of sectors.

  • Dr Habib Al Mulla

    Dr Habib Al Mulla

    Chairman Baker McKenzie

    Dr Habib is one of the UAE’s most highly respected legal authorities. He has over 33years’ experience in UAE law and has drafted many of the modern legislative structures in place in Dubai today. Dr Habib is a strong advocate for the improvement and modernisation of UAE Laws. He is a frequent commentator on the legislation and economy of the UAE and is often consulted to draft and advise on Federal and Emirate level laws.

    Dr Habib focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He is the chairman of the board of trustees for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and is Chairman of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) UAE Committee.

    He created the concept of financial free zones in the UAE and was the architect of the legal framework establishing the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the first financial free zone in the UAE. Dr Habib also served as Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

    Dr Habib has held numerous prominent government positions over the years, including being a member of the UAE Federal National Council, the federal parliament of the UAE, member of the Legislative Committee, in charge of reviewing federal legislation, member of the Economic Committee, in charge of reviewing fiscal and economic policy of the federation, Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies, in charge of training judges and prosecutors in the Emirate of Dubai and Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association.

    He has published many books and articles on the UAE law and economy, including a two part book on his life’s work titled Life’s Harvest, a definitive selection of his writings on the laws, politics and economy of the UAE over the last 26 years. He is also a regular commentator in the media and a prominent speaker at many events and conferences within the UAE and internationally.

    Dr Habib holds an LLB in Shari’a and law from the UAE University, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

  • Essam Al Tamimi

    Essam Al Tamimi

    Senior Partner Al Tamimi & Company

    In 1989, Essam Al Tamimi established what is now the largest law firm in the Middle East, Al Tamimi & Company and currently holds the position of Senior Partner at the firm. Essam has over 34 years of experience in litigation and arbitration in the UAE and the GCC countries covering almost all fields of law, both private and public law, including matters relating to corporate and commercial law, banking and financial law, real estate and property law, across several industries and sectors.

    Essam has assisted federal and local governments in drafting laws and regulations relating to the Telecommunications Law Authority, Dubai Internet and Media City, assisted in the privatisation of Abu Dhabi’s water and electricity and played a major role in drafting the ADWEA laws and regulations. He has supported the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry in drafting the Federal Industrial Law and implementing regulations, contributed to the drafting of the relevant laws for establishing several Free Zones in the UAE and assisted the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority in drafting a number of laws and regulations.

    Essam’s primary focus consists of acting as a counsel and an arbitrator at a number of disputes regionally and internationally. He is actively involved in the development of arbitration laws and for the training and development of arbitration across the region. Essam also currently sits on a number of boards and advisory councils. He has authored several books and articles, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the Gulf legal market.

  • Oliver Bolthausen

    Oliver Bolthausen

    Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes DWF

    Oliver Bolthausen is a German Rechtsanwalt / Attorney at Law and executive partner at DWF in Germany. His practice focuses in the areas of domestic and international Dispute Resolution (Arbitration, Business Litigation and Mediation).

    Oliver has served on arbitration tribunals as chairman and as counsel in arbitration proceedings across a variety of institutions (e.g. ICC, ICSID, ZCC, SCC, DIS….) and is a nominated arbitrator for various organisations. In addition, Oliver advises clients on appeal and international enforcement matters as well as on dispute management strategies. Oliver has significant experience working on complex commercial / contractual disputes and in known for his commercial understanding and creative negotiation capabilities.

    Oliver is the Global Head of International Arbitration & Disputes at DWF, is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) in London and he is a Fellow with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AiAC)

  • Prof. Jingdong Liu

    Prof. Jingdong Liu

    Ph.D, Director International Economic Law Department

    Jingdong Liu, Ph.D, Director of International Economic Law Department, the Institute for International Law of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor of International Law. Vice-Chief Justice of No.4 Civil Tribunal of Supreme People’s Court of China (April, 2015-December, 2017), Vice President of WTO Law Research Society of China Law Society and Standing Member of Council of China’s Arbitration Law Society. He is Special Counselor of Supreme People’s Court of China, Arbitrator of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.

    • 1986—1990, Studied at the law faculty, China University of Political Sciences and Law, gained Law Bachelor.
    • 1990—1993, Studied at the Graduate School, Chinese University of Political Sciences and Law, majoring in International law, gained LLM.
    • 1998—2001, Studied at the Graduate School, Chinese University of Political Sciences and Law, majoring in International economic law, gained LL.D.
    • 2003-2005, Worked and studied as Post-Doctor in Law Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
    • Professor Liu was also visiting scholar of Columbia Law School of U.S from 2008-2009 and of Zurich University in 2010.

    Professor Liu has been engaged in research on International law, International economic law and International commercial law for a long time. Professor Liu has published many books, such as “Legal Issues on International Financial Leasing”, “The Interpretation on Articles of The Protocol of China’s Accession to WTO” and so on. He also publish a lot of articles in “Chinese Journal of Law”, “Chinese Review of International Law”, “Journal of World Trade”,etc. He has obtained Paper’s Reward of China ‘Society of International Law in 2012, and Paper’s Reward of WTO Law Research Society of China Law Society in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

  • Simon Bradford

    Simon Bradford

    Public Sector Director Microsoft Public Sector, MEA

    Simon brings a passion for technology and innovation as well as broad industry experience from his 18 years of working in Enterprise IT.

    Since joining Microsoft in 2008, where he was responsible for running the Justice Sector business in the UK, Simon has had a focus on modernising the sector and driving digital efficiencies. During this time Simon drove key projects such as the modernisation of the UK Judiciary with the “eJudiciary” project. The digital transformation of the UK Supreme Court, introduced Skype and the virtual trail concept into the courts as well implement the paperless working of the Magistrate and Crown Courts with the eBundle solution.

    In 2014 Simon moved into his current role as the Public Sector Director, Middle East and Africa (MEA). Bringing his experiences from the UK he has continued to drive modernisation in jurisdictions from Kenya to Nigeria, as well being involved in significant innovations in leading markets such as the UAE.

  • Victoria Pratt

    Victoria Pratt


    Judge Victoria Pratt has gained national and international acclaim for her commitment to reforming the criminal justice system. During her tenure as the Chief Judge in Newark Municipal Court in Newark, New Jersey, she spent years gaining a deep understanding of how to deliver justice to court participants in a manner that increased their trust in the legal system and changed their behavior. While presiding over Newark Community Solutions, the Community Court, she used procedural justice and innovative problem solving to provide alternative sentences to low-level offenders including community service, counselling sessions, and her signature assignment of introspective essays. Her respectful approach has had a transformational impact on court participants, the community, and court practitioners. Her TED Talk, How Judges Can Show Respect, has been translated into 11 languages, has over one million views and a Facebook clip with an astounding 21 million views. A globally recognized expert, she has worked with jurisdictions across the nation, and as far as Ukraine, England, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico facilitating workshops and presentations. She is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and before the United States Supreme Court.

  • Justice Ibrahim Bin Huwaymil

    Justice Ibrahim Bin Huwaymil

    President Appelate Court Of Riyadh

    An appeal judge who is charged with acting as assistant court assistant and assistant judicial attribution officer at the Ministry of Justice.

    Judicial Inspector of the Supreme Judicial Council. Chairman of the Sharia Health Authority in Riyadh to consider medical errors in hospitals and private dispensaries from 1433 to 1437H.

  • Aloysius Goh

    Aloysius Goh

    Chief Executive Officer Singapore International Mediation Centre

    Mr. Aloysius Goh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore International Mediation Centre and a Certified International Mediator. He has mediated for more than 15 years and specializes in international mediations involving complex infrastructure, corporate shareholding, insurance, finance, employment, and commodities trading disputes.

    Aloysius has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as the first general counsel of the Singapore Institute of Technology. He was also legal advisor to a government-linked healthcare investment vehicle and was engaged to pioneer a mediation unit for medical negligence disputes.

    Aloysius is the founding Chairman of the Asian Mediation Association Youth Chapter and the Peacemakers Conference, an annual mediation workshop and competition for Asia’s youth. He is a member of the International Mediation Institute’s Taskforces on Mediation Advocacy as well as Inter-cultural Competency and has spoken on international ADR trends at numerous international dispute resolution conferences in China, India, Japan, South Korea, Austria, London, Indonesia and Australia.

    Aloysius is a faculty member of the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy and Singapore Mediation Centre, and also teaches at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Law School.

    Aloysius has Masters degrees in Law and Education Leadership from the NUS and Boston College respectively.

  • Sheila Shadmand

    Sheila Shadmand

    Partner Global Disputes and International Investigations

    Sheila Shadmand is the Partner-in-Charge of the Dubai Office, leads the Firm's Global Disputes and International Investigations practices in the Middle East, is one of the only U.S.-qualified lawyers resident in Dubai who has defended clients before the DOJ and SEC, and has full rights of audience in the DIFC Courts. Over her 20 years of practice, she has represented several of the Firm's largest clients in complex commercial litigation, arbitration, and investigative matters.

    Sheila has served as counsel or arbitrator in numerous high-value ICC, LCIA, and DIAC arbitrations and as an advocate in the DIFC Courts. She was lead counsel in International Electro-Mechanical v. Al Fattan, which set the often-cited pro-arbitration foundational precedent in the DIFC Courts. In addition, Sheila counsels multinational companies on compliance with FCPA, anti-money laundering, anti-boycott, and sanctions laws and defends companies facing enforcement by U.S. agencies, including the DOJ, SEC, and OFAC. She has led and defended investigations into such matters in more than 30 countries throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia (MEASA) region.

    Sheila is recognized as a leading disputes and investigations lawyer for several years running in Chambers, The Legal 500, and The Best Lawyers in the UAE. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and a number of other news-related broadcasts and print media in connection with her work. Sheila is a member of the DIFC Courts Users Committee Rules Subcommittee, the DIFC Academy of Law, and is a member of an advisory board of the Dubai Judicial Institute.

    Experience Highlights:

    • Toys “R” Us enters India market through retail licensing arrangement with Tablez & Toys
    • Peaked Hill Partners completes equity injection with Arc International
    • DSP Merrill Lynch and several other placement agents complete INR 30.0 billion qualified institutions placement by Idea Cellular Limited

    Hnors & Distinctions:

    • Recognized in The Legal 500 (2014, 2017) as a lawyer who "knows how to navigate the law — and people — to get results"
    • Ranked Band 1 in the UAE by Chambers Global for corporate investigations and as a leading individual in dispute resolution in the UAE (2015, 2017) as being "refreshing in terms of her approachability and clear way of explaining the situation"

    Languages: Farsi, French


    • University of Virginia (J.D. 1998; Managing Board, Virginia Journal of International Law); Mary Washington College (B.A. 1995)

    Bar Admissions:

    • Virginia, District of Columbia, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and District of Columbia Circuits, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Catherine Hiuser

    Catherine Hiuser

    Chief Administrative Officer Association for Court Administration

    Catherine Hiuser is Chief Administrative Officer for the International Association for Court Administration. She previously served as IACA President as well as IACA Vice-President of International Associations. She is also a long time member of the National Association for Court Administration.She has over 36 years’ experience in the Canadian justice system holding numerous senior management positions within the Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario, Canada in the area of court administration including case management, financial and capital planning, court technology, human resource planning and management and policy development. She is a founding board member of the International Institute for Justice Excellence.

    Catherine has actively supported and assisted Mexico with their criminal justice reforms. She has assisted USAID Rule of Law contractors in Mexico and state Attorneys General and judiciary by participating in assessments and conferences of the state and federal legal systems in Mexico. She has also participated in a Canadian Department of Justice sponsored training program for judges, court administrators and defence attorneys of Mexico states. Ms. Hiuser has participated as a Canadian Court Administrator expert in a two-year project with the judiciary of Peru on a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) project and on a project with the High Judicial Council of Palestine spending time in the West Bank.She has also participated in numerous judicial study tours and workshops with participants from Ghana, Nigeria and Jamaica.

  • Justice Mohammed Obaid Al Kaabi

    Justice Mohammed Obaid Al Kaabi

    Ministry of Justice, UAE

    Profile will be updated soon...

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