Thursday, June 23, 2016

نشرة كتابي الجديد

اصدقائي الكرام،،

يسرني أن أعلن لكم أنّه تم نشر كتابي (الأمل ومستقبل اللاجئين السوريين) (Hope and a Future: The Story of Syrian Refugees)، الذي يصف وضع اللاجئين السوريين في مخيمات العراق ولبنان والأردن، حيث شاهدت مشاهد ومناظر حزينة وحالة اللاجئين الصعبة من خلال زياراتي لتلك المخيمات. هذا الكتاب يشرح كيف يمكننا أن نقدم إلى اللاجئين السوريين المساعدة ونعيد لهم الكرامة الانسانية. 

إنْ كنت مهندس أو محام أو رجل أعمال أو صحفي أو طبيب أو مصور أو معلِّم، هناك دور يمكنك القيام به لكي تشارك في مساعدة اللاجئين وتخفيض مُعاناتهم. يمكنكم الإسهام في دعم اللاجئين السوريين من خلال شرائكم هذا الكتاب لأني سوف أمنح جميع أرباح الكتاب إلى المنظمات الخيرية التي تعوّن اللاجئين السوريين، ومن بين هذه المنظمات المجلس النرويجي للاجئين. اشتروا هذا الكتاب ايضا لكي تتعلموا كيف يمكنكم القيام بدعم اللاجئين السوريين. 

أطلب منكم أيها الأصدقاء المشاركة معي لنشر وشهر هذا الكتاب عبر حسابكم على تويتر وفيسبوك.  
احمل أول فصل من الكتاب مجانيا من:
 TellerBooks.com/SyrianRefugees-preview
أو يمكنكم شراء الكتاب من:
TellerBooks.com/SyrianRefugees 
أو
Amazon.com
أو
itunes.Apple.com

شكرا جزيلا على دعمكم. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dentons triumphs at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

I am proud to announce that Dentons was honored for the second year in a row with Corporate Counsel Middle East’s 2016 CSR Team of the Year Award for our work with Syrian refugees. In partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council, the International Refugee Assistance Project of the Urban Justice Center and the New York Says Thank You Foundation, Dentons continues to make a real difference in the lives of Syrian refugees.

Our work has also been shortlisted for two Chambers 2016 Pro Bono Awards and was nominated for the 2016 American Lawyer CSR Awards.

Pictured: awards host Shereen Mitwalli; Dentons partner Joby Beretta; Abeer Shubassi, Gulf Office Director, Norwegian Refugee Council; Michael Kerr, Dentons’ Middle East managing partner; and award judge Afshan Akhtar, FVP legal, Arab Banking Corporation
Dentons Middle East Managing Partner, Michael Kerr said, “Our team is uniquely placed to provide assistance to disadvantaged communities in this region and we are honored to see their tireless commitment recognized once again.”

I am proud of the dozens of colleagues at Dentons who are volunteering to make a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees. Partners, associates and support staff across the Dentons Middle East network in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, Muscat and Riyadh offices volunteer to work with our partner organisations to bring hope to Syrian refugees and opportunities to thrive.

I am also grateful to Dentons’ management for their enthusiastic support of Syrian refugees, putting in the necessary resources to make a material difference in the lives of refugees.

Click here to read Dentons’ full press release.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Justice Enrichment Training Center Course Invitation – دورة جديدة لمركز إثراء العدالة للتدريب

مركز إثراء العدالة للتدريب يدعوكم إلى دورة عن نظام الشركات الجديد من 22 إلى 24 مايو 2016 (15 إلى 17 شعبان 1437) من الساعة 6 إلى الساعة 9 مساءً. للتسجيل والمعلومات: 966539390614 أو info@ethraatc.com.

الهدف العام من البرنامج هو فهم انواع الشركات القائمة وفقا لنظام الشركات (وبما في ذلك من دون حصر الفرع لشركة اجنبية، شركة التضامُن، شركة المحاصة، الخ) وتثقيف المتدربين بالتغييرات الرئيسية لنظام الشركات السعودي الجديد، الذي ينطبق بدايةً من 2 مايو 2016.
محتوى البرنامج
- نظرة عامة عن الشركات السعودية
- مقارنة مع الشركات القائمة تحت القانون العرفي
- أبرز التعديلات والتغييرات في نظام الشركات الجديد
- أنواع الشركات
- شركة المساهمة
- الشركة ذات المسؤولية المحدودة
العقوبات على مخالفين النظام الجديد

The Justice Enrichment Training Center invites you to a course on the new Saudi Arabian Companies Act from 22 to 24 May 2016 from 6 pm to 9 pm. To register and for more information: +966 53 939 0614 or info@EthraaTC.com. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: International Law, Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect

The Syrian Civil War has triggered a humanitarian crisis of biblical proportions. As of today, 4.3 million Syrians had registered with UNHCR and at least 7.6 million more had been internally displaced within Syria. More than half of the Syrian population has been displaced, a phenomenon almost without precedent in human history.

Each year, the headlines deliver record numbers of civilian war casualties as the methods and weapons of war grow more savage—from landmines and barrel bombs, to chlorine gas and sieges. We continue to read of armed groups deliberately destroying civilian property, employing treachery, using incendiary weapons in populated areas, killing the injured and prisoners of war and egregiously violating the laws and customs of war.

Given the extent of Syrian’s humanitarian crisis, many are left wondering: how can the international community stand by idly while women, children and other innocent civilians are slaughtered or rendered homeless by the millions?

The Syrian government and its allies argue that an intervention absent the regime’s invitation and consent would constitute an affront to the principle of state sovereignty and international law. Many prominent members of the international humanitarian community, in contrast, relying on the emerging doctrine that has come to be known as the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), argue that the duty of the international community to protect the Syrian population from heinous crimes trumps the principle of state sovereignty. However, despite all of its merits, the R2P doctrine remains under a shadow of controversy and lacks consensus among legal scholars. The legal basis underpinning interventionists’ calls to action thus stands on shaky legal grounds.

All of this is about to now change. The 17 March 2016 declaration of the United States Department of State and the 4 February 2016 resolution of the European Parliament declaring ISIS violence against religious minorities to be genocide dramatically change the legal debate surrounding a humanitarian intervention in Syria, triggering the application of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the Genocide Convention), which calls States party to “prevent and to punish” acts of genocide.

In my article “Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: International Law, Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect,” I examine Western States’ recognition of genocide in Iraq and Syria and what this means under international law, R2P and the Genocide Convention. I further analyze controversies surrounding the application of the R2P doctrine and contrast the doctrine with treaties that invoke a binding duty to act under international law, focusing on the latter as the tool on which interventionists should rely as a justification for a humanitarian intervention in Syria.

Read the full Emerging Issues Analysis on LexisNexis.com.
The free preview is available on the LexisNexis® International Law Legal Newsroom.
 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Join Us for a Breakfast Roundtable Discussion on the New Companies Law

Please join me and my colleagues at Dentons at the Marriot Hotel Terrace Grill on Sunday, 21 February for a breakfast roundtable discussion on the new Companies Act of Saudi Arabia, which will introduce several important changes to rules governing Saudi-registered companies, including the inauguration of sole-shareholder LLCs in Saudi Arabia.

The new Companies Act also introduces some potential pitfalls, including allowing for the automatic dissolution of companies whose losses exceed 50% of their paid-up capital, as well as the introduction of criminal penalties for certain acts and omissions of company directors and officers.

Come join us as we guide you through the new regulations and offer advice and strategies to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.

For details and to register, click here.

Co-Hosted by:
The American Business Group of Riyadh, the Canadian Business Network, Dentons

 
نَوَدّ أن ندعوكم إلى اجتماع في فندق ماريوت الرياض يوم الأحد، 21 فبراير للمناقشة حول نظام الشركات السعودي الجديد الذي سوف يطبق على الشركات السعودية ويحدث تغييرات جديدة مهمة، من بينها السماح بفتح شركات ذات مسؤولية محدودة بوجود شريك واحد فقط.
 
انضموا إلى الاجتماع ونحن نشرح لكم التغييرات الكبرى ونقدم استشارة عن الاخطاء والاغلاط واستراتيجية اجتنابها. 
 
للتفاصيل والتسجيل، اضغط هنا.
 
الجهات المنسقة:
المجموعة الامريكية للتجارة في الرياض، الشبكة الكندية للتجارة، مكتب دنتونز، محامون ومستشارون قانونيون (Dentons)
 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Inspiring Syrian Refugees with Stars of Hope

I recently returned from Iraq, where I was able to participate in a community art project through the New York Says Thank You Foundation’s Stars of Hope® program. This project brought inspiration to Syrian refugees by decorating their tents and camps with beautiful, brightly-colored Stars of Hope®. The Stars, painted by attorneys and staff from the New York office of my law firm, Dentons, and by children at My Little School in Riyadh, contained messages of encouragement in Arabic and English.

The meanings of the Arabic words painted on the Stars are as follows:
سلام = peace
أمل = hope
حلم = dream
صداقة = friendship
نور = light
تشجيع = courage
أمان = safety

The Stars of Hope shine brightly against the gray dullness of weathered tents and improvised shelters. Their words bring messages of hope in otherwise desolate landscapes. Their bright colors stand out against and overpower the destruction that surround them, reminding us that human kindness always triumphs over cruelty and indifference.


In the stark contrast of the Stars of Hope against the backdrop of violence and persecution, the Stars remind us that in Syria, as in the surrounding countries, there is hope and a future.

Read my full blog post by clicking here to visit the New York Says Thank You Foundation’s Hope Blog.
 

Friday, January 1, 2016

علامات بارزة في عام 2015: الحرب والإرهاب و"داعش" والهجرة القاتلة إلى أوروبا


نشرت جريدة "الشرق الأوسط" مراجعة عن عام 2015. ما هي أبرز العلامات في نهاية 2015؟ القتل والموت والحرب والجوع والإرهاب و"داعش" والهجرة القاتلة إلى أوروبا.

اضغط هنا للمقال.