The DIFC Academy of Law was established in 2015 as an independent entity to provide quality ancillary services to the UAE legal community
Its core functions include training and regulating lawyers, publishing, and disseminating information, hosting events for the legal community, and providing free legal advice for people in need.
Specific ancillary services provided include:
- The Pro Bono Programme
- All training programmes such as the DIFC Courts Certificate in Law and Procedures, Advocacy Training, Lecture Series and Arabic seminars on the laws and practices of the DIFC Courts
- The registration of legal practitioners and the observance of the DIFC Courts Mandatory Code of Conduct
- The publication of DIFC Courts-related literature, such as the DIFC Courts Rules, legal textbooks and articles, Law Reports, and newsletters
- The Education Committee
- The Annual Legal Gala Dinner and other networking events
The AOL’s vision is aligned with the goals of the Government of Dubai, and is consistent with the DIFC’s overall objectives—that is, developing the GCC legal system as an economic growth platform. Its mission is delivering legal and business education in the Middle East with global value. And its strategy is preparing lawyers for international commercial law practice by collaborating with world-class institutions, developing new services, and expanding market reach.
The AOL’s business model is organized under the broad categories of “Learning & Development,” and “CSR and Legal System Development.” The AOL formed Stakeholder Advisory Boards for the two modules comprised of key members who have an interest in the outcome of AOL’s business and activities, can lend their collective views on new initiatives, and who make real-time decisions to accelerate time-to-market. The AOL’s operating units include Publications ("creating the IP of the profession"), Education ("increase lawyer cross-jurisdiction competencies), Registry/Regulation ("drive stakeholder value and process efficiency"), Pro Bono ("provide CSR services to society"), and Legal Community Development ("share professional knowledge").
Why Study at the Academy of Law
The Academy of Law is the first accredited training partner of the Dubai Legal Affairs Department for developing learning and development programs qualifying credits under the new Continuing Legal Professional Development (CLPD) for expatriate legal consultants and Dubai Emirati advocates. The Academy also was accredited by the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) as a higher education Training Institute.
The Academy of Law’s educational and training programmes are designed for any individual working in the legal sector who wishes to develop their career.
A comprehensive suite of courses means appropriate training is available to UAE legal professionals from all backgrounds and levels, from experienced English language Common Law practitioners through to newly qualified lawyers and those currently operating in Arabic speaking civil system.
The Academy of Law’s training faculty includes senior practicing barristers from Dubai and London with extensive experience of training advocates in England and elsewhere.
Enrolment is not restricted to the UAE and students living and working in the wider Middle East are welcome.
The Legal Framework
The Academy of Law was established by The Dispute Resolution Authority Order No. 2 of 2015 In Respect of the DRA Academy.
This followed Resolution No. 3 of 2014 in respect of the DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority Academy issued by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the DIFC, in light of Article 8(1)(c) and 8(5)(b) of Dubai Law No. 7 of 2014, which established the Dispute Resolution Authority.
Meet the Team behind the DIFC Academy of Law
The DIFC Academy of Law team headed by Director David Gallo with four significant members. In everything we do we act with integrity, we are relentless in our pursuit for excellence and guided by our pioneering spirit.