Thu, 05 Oct 2023

DUBLIN, Ireland - Frank Clarke, a former chief justice, has resigned as a judge of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, DIFC.

The newly appointed President of the Law Reform Commission, along with former High Court President Peter Kelly, was sworn in as a judge of the courts early last week.

Mr. Clarke stated, "Ireland and many Irish companies do significant business in and with Dubai, and those enterprises must have access to an independent and trusted dispute resolution system."

However, he expressed concern that the controversy surrounding his role in Dubai "could have an impact on the important work of the Law Reform Commission, to which I am committed."

As a result, he stated Sundayday that he "resigned as a judge of the DIFC courts to the Chief Justice of that Court."

Mr. Clarke and Mr. Kelly were among four judges sworn in before Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.

The courts are located in the United Arab Emirates' Dubai International Financial Centre.

They were founded in 2004 to administer a common law, English-language jurisdiction governing commercial and civil disputes worldwide, focusing on international institutions in Dubai and the UAE.

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