Capturing the pulse of the Arab legal community, the 4th Arab Lawyers Forum gathered 300 delegates at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria Resort to discuss the impact of global trends and regional regulatory reform. Timed to take place alongside the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference (7th-12th October) in Rome, the Forum has expanded in scope since it was previously held in Morocco, Egypt and Bahrain.
The event was brought to a close with a powerful speech from Mohamed Salah Ben Aissa, the former Minister of Justice for Tunisia and Emeritus Professor of Public Law. Professor Mohamed shared the lessons of the Tunisian experience in strengthening the rule of law; for which the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for “its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution of 2011”. A key lesson learned was the importance of focusing on strengthening the economy during the democratic transitional period, and not on constitutional reform alone.
Speaking on behalf of the event organizing committee, Essam Al Tamimi, Senior Partner (Al Tamimi & Co) said: “In hosting the Arab Lawyers Forum on the periphery of one of the largest legal gatherings, and opening attendance to all Arab lawyers in private practice and General Counsel positions worldwide, the Forum provides an elevated platform to comingle international and Arab expertise, discuss the most pressing challenges and trends shaping the legal services industry, and foster deeper ties with the international legal community.”