Dubai Int'l Arbitration Centre appoints new Director.
Summary: DUBAI -- Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), an initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has recently appointed Nassib G. Ziade as its new Director.
DUBAI -- Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), an initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has recently appointed Nassib G. Ziade as its new Director.
Ziade was the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) between 2007 and 2011, and he also served between April 2008 and June 2009 as Acting Secretary-General of ICSID.
He served as the Executive Secretary of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal from 1997 to 2007.
Ziade replaces Acting Director, Dr. Hadif Rashid Al-Owais, who remains on DIAC's Board of Trustees and as Vice Chairman of DIAC's Executive Committee.
Ziade has 25 years of experience in the administration of international legal proceedings and in the management and development of international tribunals.
During his career, Ziade advised the Government of Bahrain on the establishment of its Constitutional Court. He has also advised several international organizations on the establishment and functioning of their international administrative tribunals. He was a member of the Grievance Process Review Committee which reviewed and reformed the World Bank's Internal Conflict Resolution System.
Ziade is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), which is based in The Hague, and a Council member of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI).
Ziade is a Visiting Professor at both the University of Miami School of Law and the University of Paris I Panth on Sorbonne. He studied private and public law, as well as international law, administrative and political science and business administration at the French University in Beirut, the American University of Beirut, Cambridge University in the UK and the Sorbonne in Paris. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French and he has a working knowledge of Spanish.
DIAC was established in 2004 and is an independent, non-profit arbitration institution which provides flexible and impartial mechanisms to settle international commercial disputes.
During the first half of this year, DIAC registered 206 arbitration cases, compared to 186 in the first half of 2010, an increase of 10.7%, which is attributed to a heightened awareness in the business community of the importance of arbitration as a means of settling commercial disputes.
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