Under the patronage of His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Albaili, Vice Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, and in cooperation with Dubai Courts, Professor Ghaleb Al Hadrami, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies inaugurated the annual international legal conference "Slow Pace of Judicial Proceedings". The conference was held on Monday, September 26, 2016, at the "Intercontinental Festival City" Hotel in Dubai. In attendance was Dr. Abdul Wahab Abdul, President of the Federal Supreme Court in the United Arab Emirates; Judge Dr. Wolfgang Schomburg from Durham University in the United Kingdom; Dr. Jean Terry, Professor of Criminal Law, and Director of the Institute of Judicial Studies of France; a group of judges and legal advisers, academics, and a number of houses of legal experience in the State. The two-day Conference witnessed a large turnout of international experts in the field of international civil law.
Professor Ghaleb Al Hadrami welcomed the participants and conveyed the greetings of both His Excellency, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Chancellor of the University, and His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Albaili, Vice Chancellor. Professor Al Hadrami said in his speech: "This conference aims to identify the obstacles that cause the slow pace of civil and criminal proceedings. Through the sessions and themes of this conference, we will learn about possible solutions and alternatives that are commensurate with the judicial system of the United Arab Emirates. We will also get acquainted with the experiences of other countries, and hopefully benefit from the best international practices and procedures in order to achieve the principle of procedural justice in the context of the national and international law".
Professor Al Hadrami stressed that the promotion of international agreements and respect for human rights is a principle firmly adopted by the United Arab Emirates in its judicial systems and civil and criminal proceedings. UAEU is seeking to establish the concept of legal justice through preparing students specialized in the field of law to contribute to the transfer of knowledge and achieve leadership and excellence.
The participants and legal experts reviewed the latest methods for facilitating claims adjudication. They proposed solutions to resolve the problem of the slow pace of proceedings through judicial declaration; studied the phenomenon of the delay in the adjudication; became familiar with the regional and international experiences in speeding up the trial process; and compared Arabic procedural and criminal systems and policies with their counterparts in the West. Their goal is to know the reasons behind the above stated issues and then create scientific and practical solutions in accordance with international laws to address the phenomenon of the slow pace of court proceedings.
The participants also emphasized the principle of procedural justice to facilitate proceedings via the contemporary proposed legal treatments through scientific research. The findings of these papers and proposed legal solutions will be published in scientific legal journals as of April 2017.