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Welcome to the latest edition of Law Update titled “Rise of Generative AI.”
In this edition, we dive into the dynamic world of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. TMT continues to play a vital role in positioning the region as an international business and social hub, driving significant growth and innovation.
Our focus in this Law Update is on the sector’s ongoing potential to advance and propel the region toward a more digital economy. We explore the benefits of embracing a digital transformation and how local authorities have responded by enhancing regulations to accommodate the evolving TMT landscape.
This edition covers a range of topics, including – the new Telecommunications & Information Technology Law in Saudi Arabia, the intricacies of trademarks in the Metaverse, and the legal challenges faced by the video game industry. Additionally, we take a regional perspective, discussing jurisdictions such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, and Bahrain to provide a comprehensive understanding of the TMT landscape.
We hope you thoroughly enjoy this packed issue of Law Update, filled with captivating articles that address key legal issues within a vital sector for the region.Read the full edition
Ali Al Dabbagh is an associate in the litigation and corporate commercial departments in Baghdad. Ali is also a member of the Iraqi Bar association and a New York Attorney.
Ali has transactional experience advising on many oil & gas matters, , partnerships, commercial agencies (distributorships, sales representative agreements, and franchise arrangements), as well as other forms of setting up business in Iraq or exporting to Iraq. In addition, Ali has experience in healthcare, investment, telecommunications, and government procurement. Ali also has experience with compliance, data protection, and Oil and gas. Ali’s recent experience involves advising on choice of non-Iraqi law, drafting and reviewing partnerships, distributorships, and other contracts, and advising on disputes of this nature.
Ali has experience in international commercial litigation and transactions. Ali currently works on a multi-million-dollar construction litigation over an oil refinery involving multiple international parties and a parallel consolidated ICC arbitration proceeding. Ali also frequently works on Iraqi litigation cases where foreign law has to be applied by Iraqi courts or arbitration is raised as a defense.
Ali also has particular expertise in international commercial arbitration. Ali has an LLM degree from the University of Pittsburgh which has a particularly strong international arbitration program. During his LLM, Ali drafted a thesis on resolving Investor-State disputes in Iraq and was awarded the Cali award for Academic excellence in International Business Transactions. Prior to joining Al Tamimi Ali worked on analyzing and finding gaps in the Iraqi investment legal framework, particularly Iraq’s international commitments.
Ali represented the University of Baghdad in the Willem-C Vis Moot for three years. The VIS Moot is the largest and most prestigious moot court competition for law students and is used by the UNCITRAL to promote the New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards and the UN Convention on International Sale of Goods convention. Ali was awarded the best oralist award at the middle east pre moots twice and the team memos he helped draft won best memo awards twice.
2016 – LLM, University of Pittsburgh
2014 – Bachelor of Law, University of Baghdad
2021 – New York Bar
2016 – Iraqi Bar Association
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