Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the UAE Constitution

November 22-23, 2021

Day 1 - Welcome and Introduction

Monday, November 22, 2021 | 10am - 12:00pm GST

Welcome and Introduction Mariët Westermann, Vice Chancellor, NYU Abu Dhabi
Keynote Address H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to H.H. the President, Chancellor of UAEU
Inaugural Address John Coughlin, Global Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and Law, NYU Abu Dhabi
Welcome Address Nick Cochrane-Dyet, Chairman of the British Business Group, Abu Dhabi
Introduction of the UAE50 Program John Coughlin, Global Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and Law, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Monika Magyar, Director, Oxford Commission on Constitutions

Day 1 - Session I | The Past: The Historical Record

Monday November 22, 2021 | 1:15 - 3:30pm GST

The Founding, Formation, Nation                       Building, and Historic Achievements of the United Arab Emirates 1971-2021: Perceptions of an Eyewitness Present Since the                         Creation of the UAE The Revd Jonathan Aitken, Former Member of Parliament of Her Majesty’s UK Government
The History and Social Structure of the Gulf States Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey
The Making of The Constitution: The UAE Perspective H.E. Councillor Ali Al Shaer Al Dhaheri, Director of ADJD Judicial Inspection Division

Day 2 - Session II | The Present: The Constitution 1971-2021 Practice and Experience

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 9am - 12:05pm GST

Forging Federalism in the UAE: The Role of the Constitutional Court Faris Nasrallah, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, Researcher Max Plank             Institute
The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Constitutional Perspective Maheen Pfeffer, Associate General Counsel, NYU Abu Dhabi
The Rule of Law, Building an Analytical Approach to Judicial Review in the UAE Constitutional System Abderrahim El Maslouhi, Professor of Public Law, UAE University
Integration of Roles Between the Federal and Local Judiciary in Light of the UAE Constitution
Judge Dr. Masab Salem Ali Al Hosani, First Instance Judge at the Abu Dhabi Court for Family and Civil and Administrative Claims

Day 2 - Session III | The Future: The Constitution for the Future, an International Perspective

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 1:10 - 4pm GST

Substantive Aspects of the Rule of Law in the UAE Shamsa Qaraiban, Emirates Human Rights Association
Keynote Speech Lord Edward Udny-Lister, Chair of UAE-UK Business Council
Adam Smith's Four Canons of Good Tax as Constitutional Principles
Yoseph Edrey, Professor of Law, Haifa University
Constitutionalism: Lessons Learned, the           University, and the Next 50 Years John Sexton, President Emeritus, NYU; Butler Professor of Law, NYU Law School