Internet law conference announced

DIC and the Dubai International Financial Centre are to support a two-day conference next month entitled ‘Middle East Law in the Internet Age.’ The conference will address how the internet revolution has affected law in the region.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  February 5, 2003

DIC and the Dubai International Financial Centre are to support a two-day conference next month entitled ‘Middle East Law in the Internet Age.’ The conference will address how the internet revolution has affected law in the region.

“The legal framework plays a key role in promoting growth and development in the internet economy,” says Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, CEO of Dubai Internet City. “The unique nature of internet industries has necessitated the creation of new laws, which are significantly different from those for traditional industries. Dubai Internet City is glad to actively support this conference, which will discuss important legal issues associated with the knowledge economy,” he continues.

"The imminent launch of the Dubai International Financial Centre makes the conference very timely indeed. A number of the world's leading law firms are drafting the legislation on which the DIFC will be based because our aim is to have laws similar in content and equal in quality to those of the world's leading centres like London and New York. Since e-commerce is now at the heart of global finance it is crucial that our legislation is created with the internet in mind," adds James Hume, DIFC's Vice President.

The conference, which is organised by the Arab Regional Forum of the International Bar Association (IBA) and supported by the IBA’s committees on technology and e-commerce and intellectual property and entertainment, will discuss the spate of e-laws that have recently been passed in the region. It will also address issues such as doing business and contracting online, conflicts of law and the admissibility of electronic evidence in court proceedings

Other topics at the conference, which takes place on 18-19 March, include the current mobile telephony situation in the region, the impact of the internet on legal services including dispute resolution online, as well as GCC developments. It will also consider the potential problems concerning domain names, trademarks and copyright infringements.

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