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DIFC Courts Launches A “New Courts of the Future” initiative
April 25, 2021

The UAE was recently praised for successful “Hope Probe Mission to Mars”, which reinforced, not only its commitment to space exploration, but also its future vison of global leadership.

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) announced the formation of an international task exploring space-related legal innovations and providing an outlook on potential outcomes of scenarios revolving around space-related disputes.

His Excellency Zaki Azmi, Chief Justice, DIFC Courts, said: “An integrated space industry, supported by human resources, infrastructure, and scientific research, is under way. The Courts of Space is a global initiative that will operate in parallel, helping to build a new judicial support network to serve the stringent commercial demands of international space exploration in the 21st century. As space commerce becomes ever more global and countries ever more connected, diverse, and nimble economies will need to enable growth. Complex commercial agreements will also require an equally innovative judicial system to keep pace, offering assurance and certainty to support and protect businesses.”

“The formation of this Working Group will develop thought leadership, assist with formulating training, and the development of guides and of best practices,” he went on to say, “while space law is nothing new, an important next step will be for the Courts of Space initiative to develop and establish the DIFC Courts as a commercial go-to court for these matters. This is a complex and tall order, but it is well within Dubai’s reach as the UAE develops its own spacefaring ambitions and becomes one of very few countries on this planet to have reached Mars.”

The team will include several experts including observers from The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Khalfan Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Future Foundation stated, “At the Foundation, we look forward to providing scenarios and foresight to assist legal professionals in addressing space-related matters,” he continued.

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