Alec Emmerson

Chief Executive and Trustee
DIFC Arbitration Institute

This Profile in Arbitration features Alec Emmerson, who we often refer to as the “dean of Dubai arbitration”.

Since 2015, he has acted as the Chief Executive and Trustee of the DIFC Arbitration Institute. His contributions to effective dispute resolution in Dubai have been substantial. He is also a member of the L.C.I.A. Court.

Alec has acted as party counsel for claimants or respondents in hundreds of institutional and ad hoc arbitrations for more than 30 years, involving shipping and ship building, insurance, international trade, energy, commercial contracts, construction, joint ventures, property, telecommunications and infrastructure.

During the last nine years, he has sat as an arbitrator in more than 120 arbitrations under ADCCAC, DIAC, DIFC‐LCIA, GCCAC, ICC, LMAA and SIAC rules as well as in UNCITRAL and other ad hoc arbitrations.

Alec is a member of the following arbitration panels: ADCCAC; CRCICA; DIAC; HKIAC KCAB; KLRCA; and SIAC.

During roughly the same period, Alec has been listed as a leading individual in the Global Arbitration Review.  Chambers Global has described Alec as “disputes czar…” and “the godfather of litigation”. Legal 500 described him as “incredibly knowledgeable”.

He has been associated with the law firm of Clyde & Co since 1977, retiring as a partner in the Dubai office in 2008. Since 2008, he has acted as a Consultant to Clyde & Co in Dubai and as an independent arbitrator and mediator.

Alec is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and Hong Kong (non-practising).

Alec has authored many articles for trade publications and Clyde & Co client updates.  He frequently appears on business radio and T.V. programs as an arbitration and regional legal expert. He is the author of the Lexis‐Nexis Guide to the DIFC‐LCIA Rules (2016), due shortly for publication.






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