Middle East 2012-13


Al Jazeera Tour 1_0

The second annual Price Media Law Moot Court- Regional Rounds in the Middle East were held in February 2013.  Teams from around the region were hosted by the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre and engaged in several packed days of mooting and seminars.  A mooting master class was also organzed by the Price Moot Court team, offering participants an opportunity to further develop their debating skills.


Overall Winner:

Ain Shams University, Egypt

Overall Runner-up:

Qatar University, Qatar

Best Memorial:

Ain Shams University, Egypt

Best Oralist:

Noora Ramadan Abdulla (Qatar University, Qatar)

Best Oralist – Runner-up:

Sumaya Abdul Rahim Hamdan Nasser Al Jahouri (United Arab Emirates University, UAE)

Teams qualifying for the International Rounds in Oxford:

Ain Shams University, Egypt

Qatar University, Qatar

United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Other participating teams (in alphabetical order):

Baghdad University, Iraq

Jordan University,  Jordan

Mansoura University, Egypt


Final Round Judges

MR SIMON BRYAN is Chief Legal Officer at Doha Film Institute. He is a UK-qualified specialist international TMC/IT&T/IPT lawyer with particular experience in providing legal and commercial advice to clients within the film, media, entertainment, sport, leisure, communications and technology industries. Specifically, this includes regular experience in advising on complex, high-value corporate and commercial transactions and projects for media and TMT based businesses, particularly in emerging markets (including throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia).

MR TARIQ FALAMARZI is the Deputy General Counsel of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee. Tariq holds a BA in Law and Business Administration from the University of Kent, UK. Prior to joining Doha 2020, Tariq was Principal Legal Counsel for Al-Jazeera Media Network (Doha), Legal Counsel for RasGas (Doha), and Foreign Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York).

MS SHAZIA IMTIAZ is the Director of Legal Affairs of the Qatar Museums Authority.

PROFESSOR MINAS KHATCHADOURIAN is a Professor of Law at the Egyptian University of Ein-Shams. He acts regularly as chairman and party-appointed arbitrator in disputes related to international contracts and investments. He is the author of several books and articles on international business law, intellectual property rights and alternative dispute resolution methods. He collaborates in the “Doing Business” annual report prepared by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Recently, and has been appointed as secretary general of the Qatar International Center for Arbitration (QICA).

THE RT HON. THE LORD PHILLIPS OF WORTH MATRAVERS is the current President of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre. He has led a distinguished legal and judicial career, holding the post of Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2005 until 2008 before becoming the first President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in 2009.

MS SONYA SHAYKHOUN, Esq. is a New York qualified lawyer who currently works at Al Jazeera Media Network in Doha, Qatar. Sonya arrived in the Middle East in 2004 after studying for a BA in Arabic and Law and an LL.M in Corporate and Commercial Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Sonya specializes in technology, media, telecommunications and sports law and has written many articles on the subject.

MR RAJA SHARIF  is a lawyer at the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center.

Preliminary Rounds Judges

MR CHARBEL ABOU CHARAF is an associate with White & Case in Doha. Previously based in the New York office of White & Case, Mr. Abou Charaf focuses on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and equity investments in a broad range of industries, including the media industry. Prior to joining White & Case, Mr. Abou Charaf worked as an associate with a leading regional law firm in the Middle East.

MS JOANNA ADDISON is currently a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills office in Doha. She has substantial experience in the energy and power sectors, and has obtained experience in all aspects of the energy chain from negotiating upstream development and production sharing agreements through to advising on the marketing of hydrocarbon products, as well as having been involved with two of the world’s largest power and water projects. In addition, Joanna has experience in advising on all aspects of development initiatives designed to support large infrastructure projects. Such work has included advice on joint venture structures, business models, and corporate governance. Joanna has been living and working in Doha for over 10 years.

MR DARIO ARIAS is a Senior Legal Counsel at Qatar Petroleum. He has worked as legal counsel in Bolivia since 1999 for the Repsol YPF group companies (Maxus and Empresa Petrolera Andina S.A.). He has also worked in E&P and business development areas at Petrobras; BG Bolivia Corporation and BG Egypt (BG Group plc affiliates).

MR JAMES BREMEN is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, based in the Doha and London offices. James has represented developers, contractors, consultants and lenders in matters across more than 25 countries. He has been involved in some of the world’s largest and most complex international construction projects.

MR CHRIS CAMPBELL HOLT is Legal Consultant at a new niche law firm in the Middle East, MBR Legal, where he advises on matters of civil and commercial law, energy, international corporate governance and business ethics and anticorruption, finance and banking regimes, dispute resolution and institutional and regulatory development in the Middle East. He also leads the development of the new global governance institute, Innovation Platform for Law and Policy, in collaboration with some of the world’s leading academic and professional institutions. He was previously Acting Registrar at the Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court and Regulatory Tribunal (now Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre), under the Presidency of Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and before that he worked in London, UK, at the international law firm, Norton Rose LLP.

MR MOHAMMED ESSA AL MANNAI graduated from the University of Liverpool with an LLB (Hons.) in 2007. He then commenced his legal career as Asst. Legal Counsel (Projects) with Qatar Petroleum in 2007. After completing the BVC program at the College of Law in London, Mohammed was called to the Bar of England and Wales as the first Qatari Barrister in 2009. Following which, he worked as a Bar-at-Law with McNair Chambers focusing on international commercial arbitration and litigation. Mohammed currently works with Qatar Petroleum as Legal Counsel (Projects division).

MR KENNETH A. FREELING is a partner in K&L Gates’ Doha office. Mr. Freeling is a seasoned legal advisor, with years of experience litigating and trying a broad range of cases, from antitrust matters and complex commercial cases involving financial institutions and other major industries to patent litigation and other high technology disputes before federal, state, and international courts, as well as arbitration panels. Since 2008, Mr. Freeling has represented the interests of prominent Qatari public and private companies and individuals in Qatar and around the world as well as major multinational companies doing business in Qatar.

MR MOHAMED KHODEIR is Partner and Head of Corporate Commercial as well as Head of Qatar office at Al Tamimi & Company. Mohamed has a diversified practice in advising and representing corporate, institutional and government GCC and international clients on different areas of law including: company, securities, banking, tax, labour, litigation (and ADRs), civil and commercial law matters, regulatory compliance, insolvency laws and settlements, in addition to being involved in legislation drafting. Mohamed has been extensively involved in major M&A and IPO deals in the UAE, which are currently his principal areas of practice along with corporate governance and family businesses. Mohamed has handled a wide range of complex transactions and contractual disputes throughout his years of practice. Mohamed has been selected in the IFLR1000 2013 directory as one of the leading lawyers in Qatar and previously selected (2008, 2009 & 2010) in the Asia Law Leading Lawyers Survey, a survey conducted by voting amongst clients and legal experts, as one of the leading lawyers in the area of “General Corporate Practice”. He is a member of both the Egyptian and International Bar Associations and is an attorney at law admitted before the Egyptian Appeal courts. Mohamed has many publications, interviews, and participated in many conferences and events as speaker and moderator, addressing his areas of practice. Before joining Al Tamimi & Company, Mohamed practiced law in Egypt from 1999 until 2004 with one of the oldest and leading law firms, then in Kuwait with an international law firm from 2004 until 2006.

MR MARC MOUBARAK is a Senior Associate at Al Misnad & Rifaat. Marc graduated from Saint Joseph University of Beirut with a Bachelor of Law. He then obtained an Advanced Graduate Diploma (DEA) in Banking and Financial Markets Law from Saint Joseph University, as well as a Postgraduate Degree (DESS) in Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution from Lebanese University. Marc has a substantial experience in litigation and corporate law. He has worked on drafting and structuring several transactions and acquisitions, as well advised clients in Qatar, Lebanon, Yemen, and Egypt in various fields of law.

MR ROGER PHILLIPS is a Legal Director at McGrigors and Pinsent Masons and has provided extensive leadership and advice on legal compliance and regulatory matters in Qatar and the GCC/MENA region as well as many jurisdictions around the world for financial services groups and Government agencies. He has particular and detailed knowledge of the legal and regulatory environment in Qatar and the Qatar Financial Centre including the laws, regulations and rules as well as the regulatory processes and practice. He also has extensive expertise in all regulatory requirements and practices of the FSA in the UK across all areas of financial services.

MR MOHAMMED RIAZ is a Senior Associate at Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners. Before joining the firm, he worked as an advocate at the County Courts and the High Court in England, Financial and Regulatory Tribunals and DIFC Court in Dubai. He has also worked as a consultant to a law firm in Dubai. His practice with the firm focuses on mediation and international commercial arbitration with a particular focus on construction and infrastructure disputes.

MR ALI SHAIKLEY is corporate lawyer with the international law firm Allen & Overy LLP. He is based in the firm’s Doha office where his practice includes advising clients on a range of corporate law matters including mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, equity capital markets transactions and corporate governance. Ali holds a B.A. in Economics and Arabic from UCLA, an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

MS LAURA WARREN is a construction & projects partner at the international law firm, Clyde & Co. She is also part of the dispute resolution group and responsible for the Qatar Office’s disputes practice. Laura has been based in the Middle East for almost eight years, six of these in Qatar. Laura’s non contentious construction workload includes advising on Qatar law issues as well as drafting and advising on standard form and bespoke contracts and appointments for construction projects in Qatar. Laura’s contentious workload includes advising on international and domestic arbitrations as well as proceedings in the local courts. Laura is Co-ordinator for the Society of Construction Law in Qatar and author of the legal commentary section of Qatar Construction Sites.