Dubai, UAE
About Event

Smart Contrats

Architecture, Application & Future Trends

Smart contracts are computer protocols intended to digitally facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract. 

With the pace of development and change within the cryptocurrency space, and its underlying blockchain technologies, platforms  such as Ethereum have helped develop and realize that smart contracts are indeed a viable option, or at least an area of LegalTech which needs to be explored further.  

In this event we presented a comprehensive overview on blockchain powered smart contracts, with a focus on: 

- An introduction: smart contracts – we looked at the basic framework, operating mechanisms and platforms 

- Use cases, and application scenarios

- Discussed existing and future challenges – with a view can this technology become law?

- Viewed recent advances of smart contracts with vendors available to demonstrate their use cases

- Looked at the current and foreseeable regulatory landscape 

-Discussed future development trends 

One of the key pillars driving this rapid adoption of blockchain technology is the embrace of smart contracts:


29th April 2019

Day 1

08:00 - 09:00 :
Registration & Networking
09:00 - 09:15 :
Opening Remarks

Lucy Beale, Creative Word

09:15 - 10:00 :
Introduction & Smart Contracts Overview

Guest Speaker: Mark Beer, OBE President of The International Association for Court Administration

10:00 - 10:30 :
Keynote - Blockchain & Smart Contracts Case Study

Guest Speaker: Talal Tabbaa [ Co-Founder / COO at Jibrel Network]

10:30 - 11:00 :
11:00 - 12:00 :
Panel - Can Code Ever Be Law?

Moderator: Nadim Bardawil (BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP)

Panellists: Andrew Fawcett (Al Tamimi & Co), Ibrahim Shehata (Sharkawy & Sarhan Law Firm), Mark Beer, OBE, Davide Paoli (Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants)

12:00 - 13:00 :
13:00 - 13:30 :
Panel - Smarts Contracts & Dispute Resolution

Will Smart Contracts replace arbitration and international litigation as we know it?

Moderator: Mohamad AlDarwish (UTC), 

Panellists: Mark Beer OBE (Intl Association of Court Administration), Ibrahim Shehata (Sharkawy & Sarhan Firm), Diana Hamade (Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law), Mostafa Salah (Novartis)

13:30 - 15:00 :
Roundtable Discussions

Table 1: Galadari Advocates & Legal Advocates

  • Discussion on the most recent and imminent ICOs worldwide – how likely are we to see ICOs in the Region?
  • Blockchain Dispute resolution and Governance Designs - discussion on the existing platforms like ARAGON, KLEROS, ECAF, JUR, MATTEREUM, OATH PROTOCOL and how they are likely to change the world of legal professionals and commercial disputes arbitration very soon.
  • Technical discussion with Alessandro Palombo (Ph.D and lawyer), CEO of JUR and Giotto De Filippi, co-founder of JURand COINSILIUM.

Table 2: KARM Legal Consultants

  • Data Protection

  • Tokenization / Smart Contracts

15:00 - 15:30 :
CASE STUDY - The Innovation Journey - Legal Process Automation

CodEngines -Abdul Hakim [Founder & Managing Partner]

15:30-16:00 :
Panel - Legal Innovation - Inhouse Counsel

Moderator: Hussain Hadi (LexisNexis), 

Panellists: Tarek Nakkach (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Mohammad Salah (Novartis), Nabil Azar (RAK Bank), Ricardo Christie (Microsoft)

16:00 :
Closing Remarks
Apr-19 - Dubai, UAE

Event Speakers

Mark Beer, OBE

The President of The International Association for Court Administration

Talal Tabbaa

Co-Founder / COO at Jibrel Network

Ricardo Christie

Commercial Attorney, Microsoft

Nabil Azar, Director,

General Counsel RAK Bank

Nadim Bardawil

Senior Associate at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP

Diana Hamade

Managing Partner Diana Hamade Attorneys At Law

Kokila Alagh

Founder Karm Legal Consultants

Tarek Nakkach

Region Legal Counsel Middle East-Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Davide Paoli

Senior Associate - Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants

Mohamad AlDarwish

Legal Affairs Director - UTC Climate, Controls & Security

Hussain Hadi

Head of Middle East Publishing - LexisNexis

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