United Arab Emirates: Civil Law Training
Last Updated: 7 August 2019

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP in partnership with Lexis Nexis, are pleased to announce the launch of a five-day series of courses that will focus on and explore the Civil Law System and compare it to that of the Common Law System and its influences. Earn up to 10 CLPD Points.


Civil Law is a fundamental cornerstone of the UAE Legal System. This practical five-day course will:

» Introduce the Civil Law tradition,

» Explore the UAE Civil Code and its provisions on personal rights and obligation,

» Provide an in-depth look at Mergers & Acquisitions in the Civil Law context,

» Provide an overview of the legislative landscape and regulations in Civil Law context, and

» Focus on the types of IP Rights in the UAE.


Legal Consultants, Advocates, and Corporate Counsel with business interests in the UAE.

Before we kick off with the series on Monday, 26 August 2019, please join us for a cocktail reception from 4:00pm to 5:00pm!


Date & Time Topics to be covered Speaker
Monday, 26 August 2019 4:00pm – 5:00pm Cocktail reception N/A
Monday, 26 August 2019 5:00pm – 7:00pm Course 1: Introductory Concept – Evolution of Civil Law and distinction from Common Law

An introduction to:

» the Civil Law tradition and its referable system,

» the role of general principles and jurisprudence constant,

» how private law reflects in the Civil Law Courts system, and

» the evolution of Civil Law from advice given from Roman jurists to Roman citizens to a legal tradition adopted by 78% of the world's legal systems.

Edouard Salwan
Tuesday, 27 August 2019 5:00pm – 7:00pm Course 2: Personal Obligations & RightsWe explore the UAE Civil Code and its provisions on personal obligations and rights, the Law of Obligations and the different types of obligations and their sources, explaining the difference between "real" and "personal" rights. Edouard Salwan
Monday, 2 September 2019 5:00pm – 7:00pm Course 3: Negotiating and Structuring the Acquisition of a Company (How to negotiate a shareholders agreement, or an equity financing round)

An in-depth look at:

» Mergers and Acquisitions in the Civil Law context,

» the general duty to negotiate in good faith and its implications,

» the protection of the investor in the case of an equity financing round, and

» the right of first refusal.

Edouard Salwan
Tuesday, 3 September 2019 5:00pm – 7:00pm Course 4: Intellectual Property Laws in the Civil Law Context

We kick off with an overview of the legislative landscape and formalities for protection, Federal laws governing the areas and treaties, registration process and enforcement. We will focus on the types of IP Rights in the UAE, i.e. Trademarks, Patents & Designs, Domain names, Trade Secrets, Copyrights. This introduction will be followed by an interactive case study session.

Munir Suboh
Monday, 9 September 2019 5:00pm – 7:00pm Course 5: Property Laws in the Civil Law Context

An overview of:

» the legislative landscape and regulations in Civil Law context,

» laws governing the areas (Federal vs Local) and

» the registration process.

We will also look at the land department regulations and formalities, property and tenancy disputes, committees and comparison with intellectual property disputes.

Munir Suboh

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