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16 December 2012 — DIFC Courts Bolster Emirati Team with Appointment of New Judicial Officer

16 December 2012 — DIFC Courts Bolster Emirati Team with Appointment of New Judicial Officer

December 16, 2012

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Move continues plan to develop UAE national talent in the legal sector

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 December 2012: The DIFC Courts, Dubai’s established English language, common law judicial system, have announced the appointment of Nassir Al Nasser as a Judicial Officer. Nassir joins fellow Emiratis HE Judge Omar Al Muhairi, HE Judge Ali Al Madhani and Shamlan Al Sawalehi on the bench of the DIFC Courts. Nassir is a graduate of the University of Middlesex in England (UK) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law: he is the first Emirati to join the DIFC Courts whose primary legal training has been in English common law.

Prior to joining the DIFC Courts, he undertook training programmes with the Dubai Courts and Dubai Public Prosecutor’s Office. Nassir will be working closely with the DIFC Courts’ international and national Judges, providing judicial support by undertaking legal research, sitting on Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) proceedings and attending Case Management conferences and application hearings. He will also build relationships with public and external relations’ stakeholders and establish further protocols and MOUs with other regional court systems and legal entities.

Michael Hwang, Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nassir to our team at the DIFC Courts. His qualities were clear from the outset and we are certain he will be a valuable asset to our organisation. Nassir’s appointment further strengthens our Emirati core team: it has long been an ambition of ours to develop Emirati judicial talent to the benefit of the UAE as a whole.”

Nassir Al Nasser commented: “Ever since I began my training in common law I have sought a legal opportunity that would allow me to fulfil my ambitions and put my years of training to the test. I can’t wait to get started in my role as Judicial Officer and am looking forward to learning from the vastly experienced international and resident Judges at the DIFC Courts.”

The DIFC Courts are committed to nurturing talent within the judiciary and legal sector. The DIFC Courts Academy was recently launched to help train and educate the next generation of UAE-based common law practitioners.

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