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John is a Senior Counsel in the Abu Dhabi office, where he leads the Abu Dhabi arbitration team, He assists clients in disputes concerning construction, corporate/commercial, development, energy, investment treaty, IP, and telecommunications matters.
John has worked in the arbitration practices of international firms in London and Paris; has served as a legal officer with the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in Geneva and was a Partner with a top-tier commercial law firm in Ireland.
John is a member of a number of international and domestic arbitration panels and has served as an arbitrator in DIAC disputes, as a panellist in WIPO domain name disputes, and as an Expert in ICC Expertise proceedings. He has advised on matters seated around the world under a variety of rules, including the DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ADCCAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, and LCIA rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings. John is also a Member of the ICC Commission for Arbitration and ADR; on the Sounding Board of the Business and Human Rights Arbitration Project Editorial Board; a Sustaining Member of the European Law Institute and a Country Reporter for the UAE for the Institute of Transnational Arbitration.
John has published extensively and spoken widely on international dispute resolution, including contributions to a number of leading textbooks. In 2018, he was nominated for the Global Arbitration Review “Award for Innovation” for his article: “Has the Time Come for Full and Frank Disclosure?”.
He is ranked as “Gold” as an Arbitrator on the Newton Arbitration platform, and listed in the Euromoney Guide to Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts (10th ed.) and Who’s Who Legal (2020).
John is admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and holds degrees from the National University of Ireland, and the University of Amsterdam, and has also studied at the University of Modena, Italy. He is currently teaching a course on international commercial arbitration as part of a Masters Program at the Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi.
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International Law Publications:
Energy and Natural Resources Law Publications:
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*Experience gained prior to joining Al Tamimi & Company.
2002 – Diploma in International Arbitration, National University of Ireland
1999 – International Arbitration Course, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
1998 – Masters of Laws (LL.M.) with distinction in EU & International Trade Law, University of Amsterdam
1991 – Completing LL.B. dissertation on an EEC Law issue, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
1990 – Diploma Dublin Institute on International & Comparative law, University of San Diego at Trinity College
1990 – Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), University of Ireland
2007 – Solicitor in England & Wales
1994 – Solicitor in Ireland
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