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Arbitration in the Middle East: Dubai Court of Cassation clarifies the distinction between jurisdiction and admissibility for the first time

By Chatura Randeniya and Ramesh Fernando

In arbitration, distinguishing between jurisdiction and admissibility can be complex. A recent Dubai Court of Cassation ruling clarified that contractual pre-conditions affect admissibility, not jurisdiction. This distinction is crucial, impacting both arbitration proceedings and the reviewability of awards, and signals a more arbitration-friendly approach in the UAE.


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