In most of the industrialised countries, central or national arbitral organisations have been established which provide facilities for arbitration of commercial disputes.

Name: Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi
Designation: Judge, DIFC Court
Organization: Dubai International Financial Centre Court
Country: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi has more than 25 years of experience in cross border financial, investment and commercial litigation and arbitration within common law, civil law and Sharia’ legal systems.

He joined the DIFC Courts in 2010 as Judicial officer then become Small Claims Tribunal Judge before he was appointed as the Court of First of Instance Judge in 2013, then he was promoted as the Courts of Appel Judge in 2017, then in 2020 he was appointed as Judge in
Charge of the Arbitration Division of the DIFC Courts and the chair of the Courts arbitration Group.

Prior to that, he was the founder of Shamlan Law firm where he represented UAE government and private clients on complex commercial and financial disputes in the MENA region. Before that he served as Director of Strategic Affairs at The Executive Office of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai. Prior to that, he served as Law Enforcement Manager of DIFC Regulatory Authority for 3 years. Before that he served as senior Public Prosecutor at Criminal and Civil divisions in Dubai for 5 years wherein, he was involved in
investigations of high profile commercial and financial crimes and represented the Government departments on several high-value litigation cases before the Dubai Courts.

He was appointed as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chairman of many arbitral tribunals seated in MENA region and Europe. He has been selected as chair and member of, arbitration Courts, advisory committees, governing councils and executive committees of arbitration institutions in UAE, Saudi, Oman, Russia, Malysia, Tel-Aviv, Turkey and India.

Since April 2023, Justice Al Sawalehi representing UAE Government at International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World bank Group.

He holds L.L.M degree from Westminster University in UK, High Diploma in Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies from Dubai judicial institution and L.L.B in Sharia and Law from UAE University.

GST Implementation and ICA

In order to make compliance with GST, effective from 1st July, 2017, the fees and charges of ICA have been slightly changed. The GST charges @18% will henceforth be applicable on the membership and case fees and charges.