Upon receiving a special invitation, our firm is pleased to participate in the “National Competition for International Commercial Arbitration – Fourth Edition” which took place on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at Al-Iraqia University – College of Law. The competition was sponsored by the President of Al-Iraqia University, Prof. Dr. Ali Saleh Hussein, and supervised by Prof. Dr. Mohammed Hameed Abd, Dean of the College of Law and Political Science.
The event commenced with a distinguished address from Prof. Hussein Al-Shuwaili, responsible for the International Arbitration Program in Iraq and Chairman of the Arbitration Committee, welcoming participating attendees. Following this, Dr. Rana Ali Hameed, representing Al-Iraqia University, delivered her opening remarks, extending a warm welcome to the attendees and participating teams, which included representatives from prominent universities participating in the competition, such as Al-Mustansiriyah University, Al-Iraqia University, Al-Nahrain University, Al-Bayan University, and Al-Farahidi University (AFU).
Moreover, the audience was diverse, featuring prominent figures such as key professors at Al-Iraqia University – The College of Law, including the Head of Law department at Al-Iraqia University and professors from the said university including Dr. Salam Mohammed, Dr. Abdul Karim Al-Ani, Dr. Firas Al-Naemi, Dr. Zaman Hamed, Dr. Husam Bardan, as well as members and trainers of the participating teams representing the mentioned universities, along with the event organizers, Ms. Zainab Saad and Ms. Rafal Yousif. Additionally, from our side our firm was represented by lawyers Muqdad Sami Al-Juboori, Thulfiqar Husam Abdul Ameer, Elaf Moayad Abdul Hussein, Hiba Najah Al-Maliki, and Sajood Riyadh Hameed who had a contributing and proactive role in the competition as one of the members of the Arbitration Committee.
The arbitration session, headed by the arbitration committee (Professor Ali Hakmat, our lawyer Sajood Riyadh, and Yasmin Mohammed), commenced, and legal arguments unfolded between the teams representing Al-Nahrain University, Al-Bayan University addressing a dispute between two companies regarding the applicability of arbitration. After presenting their cases, the proceedings concluded with the assessment of team performances and feedback from the arbitration committee, adding a competitive and skillful atmosphere to the competition. On the second and final day of the competition, the competition remained intense, concluding with the winning of Al-Nahrain University’s team.
We extend our congratulations to the winning team, and are proud of the participation of our lawyer (Sajood Riyadh Hameed) as the arbitration committee member, and further take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to all the distinguished attendees and participants in the competition. We appreciate your involvement and invite you to participate in such impactful and competitive events in the future. We hope for more educational initiatives that foster collaborative efforts. Our best wishes to the participants for a promising and inspiring future in their professional endeavors.
Here are some highlights of the event: