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The Legal Affairs Department Launches the First Internationally Accredited Mediation Training Program.

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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Government Dubai Legal Affairs Department collaboration ADR

The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department, in collaboration with the ADR Center, an internationally accredited centre for qualifying mediators, launched a training program in Arabic and English for the mediation of civil and commercial disputes.

The training program runs for forty training hours from 24th October to 4th November and qualifies participants in acquiring fundamental skills in alternative civil and commercial dispute resolution and mastering the techniques of professional mediators in line with best international standards and practices. Participants who complete the training are certified as internationally accredited mediators by the International Mediation Institute.

His Excellency Dr Lowai Mohamed Belhoul, Director General of the Government of Dubai, Legal Affairs Department, stated that it reflects the Department's keenness to strengthen partnership ties with the relevant entities to develop legal skills and expertise in the Emirate of Dubai and it is part of the Department's functions to amicably settle disputes filed by or against the Government or Government entities, to reach an amicable agreement and avoid resorting to Court whenever possible.

He also stated that one of the top strategic priorities for the Government of Dubai is to enhance the role of amicable dispute settlement to save time, effort, and money when compared with litigation proceedings. This entails clear procedures that guarantee impartiality and transparency, which enhance public confidence in the integrity of the Government, maximize the effectiveness of mediation in government disputes, and significantly increased the percentage of disputes resolved amicably.

The program also is in line with the Department's practices in achieving expeditious justice and allowing parties the opportunity to decide their dispute, through negotiation and mutual agreement in their best interests, thus avoiding the costs and expenses of lengthy litigation, which negatively impacts their relationship. This helps develop the legal community, using expertise and knowledge in fostering the rule of law in the Emirate of Dubai.

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