Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence winners announced

Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Moot Court Competition witnesses immense participation from GCC students

432Dubai – 4 May 2013: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council, the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence held its final ceremony and honoured the winners in the third session of the Moot Court Competition and the Legal Scientific Research Competition. Organised by the Dubai Courts, the Initiatives aimed at enhancing the capacities of individuals engaged in the judicial field, and motivating pioneering in legal works. These Initiatives are the first-of-their-kind in the UAE, which address different categories related to the legal and judicial community.

In his address during the final ceremony, H.E. Taresh Eid Al-Mansouri, Director-General of Dubai Courts and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence, asserted that His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum offers unwavering support for the Initiatives with the intent to create a legally well-versed generation. This is achieved by the provision of several programs, including the Moot Court Competition, Legal Scientific Research Competition, Legal Scholarships Program, Program for Legal and Judicial Conferences, and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts Academy.

“His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed is very interested in targeting not only the national level, but advised to shift the focus also on the GCC and global levels with the Initiatives. This will help the training and development of the national cadres, whether those working in the judicial field or the law students,” continued Al-Mansouri.

He added: “The third session of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Moot Court Competition hosted for the first time competing teams from law schools at universities and colleges in the GCC countries. This is intended to spread benefits and increase knowledge and experience through direct interaction between the largest possible number of law students in the GCC.”

On the sidelines of the final ceremony of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence, Al-Mansouri launched the 2013 annual report of the Initiatives. The report includes a message from His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Patron of the Initiatives, as well as an overview of the origination of the Initiatives by the Dubai Courts, a summary of their expansion to six initiatives and their growth to the GCC and global levels, and a particular focus on the development of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Moot Court Competition since its first session in 2012.

The report also included the names of previous winners in the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Legal Scientific Research Competition, and an overview of prospective judges and scholars in the Legal Scholarships Program, the DIFC Courts Academy, the Program for Judicial Researches, and the Program for Legal and Judicial Conferences.

The final round of the Moot Court Competition was held after the qualification of two teams from the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the Imam Malik College for Shariah & Law in the general rounds. Nearly 70 contestants have presented oral pleadings before an arbitral tribunal from the Dubai Courts in a realistic atmosphere.

Al-Mansouri also honoured the partners of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence, including Emirates NBD, Emirates Auctions, Investment Corporation of Dubai, wasl Asset Management Group, Damac Properties, as well as Dubai Media Incorporated, the media sponsor.

The closing ceremony honoured the winners in the Moot Court Competition in several categories. The team from the Imam Malik College for Shariah & Law achieved first place of the General Excellence Award. The second place was achieved by the UAEU team. Another team from the UAEU won in the category of Best Oral Pleading, while the Imam Malik College for Shariah & Law team won in the category of Best Written Pleading.

Al-Mansouri honoured as well student Othman Al-Habsi from the Imam Malik College for Shariah & Law in the category of Most Outstanding Male Student in the competition rounds who scored 94 points, and student Mona Mohamed Shaker in the category of Most Outstanding Female Student in the competition rounds with 93 points.

Universities taking part in the 2014 Moot Court Competition were also recognised. They include: UAE University, Dubai Police Academy, Imam Malik College for Shariah & Law, Al Ain University of Science and Technology, University of Saint Joseph, Al Jazeera University, American University in the Emirates, and the Kingdom University – Bahrain.

Winners in the 2013 Legal Scientific Research Competition were also honoured in several topics.

In the first topic, ‘Personal Status – Application of Foreign Law’; Salem Saeed Ali Al-Ghaithi from the Al Ain University of Science and Technology won first place, Amina Khalil Al-Fadala from the University of Saint Joseph took second place, and Sahar Abdulla Al-Khoury from the University of Saint Joseph was placed third.

In the second topic, ‘Labour Law – Protection of Labour Wages as per the UAE Federal Labour Law’; Zahra Ghadir Rustom Ahmad from the University of Saint Joseph came first, Azza Abdelwahab Ahmad Al-Musharaa from the Imam Malik College for Shariah & Law achieved second place, while the third place was won by Ibrahim Abdalla Hussein bin Ali from the Sharjah University.

In the third topic, ‘Commercial – Merging in the UAE Companies Law’; Aida Mustafa Abdul Rahman Al-Farsi from the UAE University finished first, second place was achieved by Noura Hamad Al-Darmaki from the same university, and Majdi Ghareeb Nasser Al-Ahbabi from the Al Ghurair University came third.

As for the fourth topic, ‘Real Estate – Responsibility of Sub-Developer’; the first place was grabbed by Rasha Ibrahim Salem from the Imam Malik College for Shariah & Law, while Aysha Mohamed Omar Al-Bannai from the same college achieved second place.



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