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  • A new law on civil procedure has been issued (Federal Law no. 42 of 2022) which replaces the Federal Law no. 11 of 1992 on civil procedure and its executive regulations issued under Cabinet Resolution no. 57 of 2018. The new law came into force on the 2nd of January 2023.

    It has introduced substantial changes and additions to the previous law that will be highlighted in the 1st part of the course.

    The 2nd part of the course will cover the new evidence law no. 35 of 2022 which came into force in January 2, 2023.

    One of the most important changes that have been included in the new amendments to the Evidence Law is to take electronic evidence into account. After the COVID-19 pandemic and the reliance on technology and electronic correspondence of all kinds for a period of nearly two years, the matter had to be legalized and technological progress taken into account.

    In this part of the course, we will tackle the following topics:
    1) Evidence by confession and interrogation of litigants;
    2) Proof in writing;
    3) Evidence by electronic evidence;
    4) Evidence by testimony;
    5) Proof of evidence and res judicata;
    6) Evidence by custom;
    7) Evidence by oath;
    8) Experts.

  • -Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a big part of the corporate finance world.

    -Commercial input is essential in M&A (mergers and acquisitions) transactions because it provides critical insights into the financial and strategic implications of the deal. Commercial input can come from various stakeholders, including investment bankers, financial advisors, lawyers, accountants.

    -Legal input consists of the following:

    Ensuring regulatory compliance
    Negotiating and drafting contracts and legal documentation
    Mitigating legal risks
    Resolving disputes

    -The core of the M&A process resides in the negotiation and drafting of the Sale and Purchase agreement (SPA).

  • Course Description:
    This 2-hour webinar is designed specifically for the members of DLAD seeking to deepen their understanding of the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI). As AI continues to evolve, legal practitioners are faced with new challenges and ethical dilemmas. This course will explore key topics within AI ethics, providing lawyers with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate this complex landscape. Through real-world examples, case studies, and interactive discussions, participants will gain insights into ethical frameworks, regulatory considerations, bias and fairness in AI systems, and the legal responsibilities in AI-related cases.

    A. Introduction to AI Ethics and Legal Implications
    • Overview of AI technologies and their applications
    • Legal and ethical challenges posed by AI in various sectors
    • Introduction to relevant regulations and guidelines
    • Ethical Frameworks for AI Decision-Making

    B. Virtue ethics in the context of AI
    • Ethical decision-making models for AI developers and users
    • Case studies illustrating ethical dilemmas and their resolutions
    • Bias and Fairness in AI Systems

    C. Understanding algorithmic bias and its impact
    • Techniques for detecting and mitigating bias in AI algorithms
    • Legal implications of biased AI systems and relevant case law
    • AI and Privacy: Legal Considerations

    D. Privacy challenges in AI applications
    • Overview of privacy laws and regulations relevant to AI technologies
    • Balancing technological innovation with individual privacy rights
    • Legal Responsibilities and Accountability in AI-Related Cases
    • Case studies of AI-related legal disputes and their outcomes

    Learning Objectives:
    • Explain the concepts of algorithmic bias, fairness, and their implications in legal contexts.
    • Apply ethical decision-making models to analyze real-world ethical dilemmas in AI-related legal cases.
    • Analyze privacy challenges in AI applications, considering relevant laws, and propose solutions for legal compliance.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of legal standards and regulations in addressing challenges posed by AI, and suggest improvements.
    • Develop guidelines and best practices tailored for legal professionals to navigate ethical challenges in AI-related cases.

  • This course provides an exploration of the process of drafting arbitration awards and the procedures for challenging or enforcing them, particularly under UAE law. It also examines the legal framework and strategies involved in post-award proceedings.

  • Property ownership rights are entrenched under the UAE Code of Civil Transactions which provides different types of real property rights in the UAE. Property rights under the UAE Civil Code include “usufruct”, “musataha” and easement rights.
    This course will cover the following topics:

    1- Usufruct Right:

    a- Definition and characteristics;
    b- Ways of acquisition and end of the Usufruct Right;
    c- Effects of the Usufruct Right:
    o As to the rights of the Holder of Usufruct Right
    o As to the obligations of the Holder of Usufruct Right
    d- Usufruct in the free zones.

    2- Musataha Right (As per the Decree no. 23 of 2022):

    a- Definition and characteristics;
    b- Ways of acquisition and end of the Musataha Right;
    c- Effects of the Musataha Right:
    o As to the rights of the Holder of Musataha Right
    o As to the obligations of the Holder of Musataha Right
    d- Musataha in the free zones.

    3- Easement Right:
    a- Definition;
    b- Ways of acquisition of an easement right;
    c- Scope of an easement right;
    d- Cases related to the easement right;
    e- End of the easement right;
    f- Types of easement rights.

  • Firms benefit from having motivated employees, as measured by employee engagement, satisfaction, commitment, and intention to stay. And yet truly motivated employees can be as elusive as unicorns. Turns out employees are guided by 4 basic emotional needs or drives. Join this session to learn about the science of motivation and how to address these basic needs to bring your, and your team members’, best performance to life.

  • Curiosity fosters greater learning, engagement, and performance at work. Curious people and firms approach difficult problems in new ways, and they help create more joy at work. The great news is we can learn and further develop the skill of curiosity. Join this session to explore what the great masters of curiosity, such as Curious George, Barbie, and Albert Einstein, can teach us about the benefits of being curious, and how to apply it.

  • Understanding what motivates your team and helping them to develop through coaching and mentoring are some of the most important skills of a team leader. This session focuses on practical skills to help you manage for high performance and effectively lead your team. The session will cover the key areas for effective coaching and mentoring including:
    – Setting direction and agreeing on goals
    – Questioning skills
    – Techniques for coaching and mentoring
    – Coaching for better performance

  • Not all failures are unmitigated disasters. In fact, experiencing failure helps us avoid the same mistakes in the future, enhances our resilience and is a necessary part of growing our success in business, relationships, and life. The key to non-disastrous failure is to plan the best kind of failing. Join this session to learn how to think about, discuss and practice failure wisely to minimize unproductive failure while maximizing what we gain from failing wisely.

  • Tax Considerations of Business Transactions

    The aim of this course is to:

    Recap the basic concepts and key features of the UAE Corporate Tax (CT) Law;
    Examine the relevant CT exemptions and reliefs as described in the UAE CT Law in detail;
    Consider the order of approach in applying any relevant CT exemptions and reliefs;
    Consider the criteria of the published exemptions and reliefs and how they may be applicable to categories of businesses and certain business transactions;
    Consider business activities and transactions from a broader tax risk management perspective including:
    documentary requirements for demonstrating that the criteria for exemptions and relief is met;
    the Arm’s Length Principle and Transfer Pricing concepts (including documentary evidence);
    The potential applicability for tax reliefs to be clawed back;
    Applicability of the General Anti-Abuse Rule and tax best practice principles.
    Enable attendees to identify how these concepts are interconnected, appreciate the goal of a public/private balance for taxation, and how to spot ‘red flag’ issues.