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Dubai creates Space Court for disputes

February 4, 2021

By Chris Forrester

Dubai’s International Financial Centre already has a disputes court. Now it is adding a new court to rule on commercial space-related disputes.

The ‘Space Court’ initiative is part of a partnership between the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and the Dubai Future Foundation. All hearings are expected to be in English.

A Space Dispute Guide, encompassing a set of guidelines to support such space-related disputes, will also be created, and training will be provided to judges so they can become experts in such disputes says an announcement.

Zaki Azmi, chief justice of the DIFC Courts, said in a press statement: “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.”

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