IBA Dubai slammed for erasing women's issues from agenda

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  • This is outrageous, but then what do they expect when they go somewhere like Dubai? I note that the IBA said they would refund "some" of the cost of the final party. Why not all of it? presumably nobody went? And they can hardly use the excuse that the alcohol had already been bought?

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  • A comedy performance from the IBA.

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  • Come off it. The Iba is a big junket for lawyers wasting their firm's money. Trying to paint it as a serious event is barely credible as testified by the total lack of cultural awareness and shock at the ban of alcohol on the friday. Enough said

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  • hilarious!!

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  • Goodness. I am hugely disappointed that (1) certain issues were forced off the agenda, and (2) certain nationalities had difficulties attending. If the UAE choose to isolate themselves from the international community in this way then I shall vote with my feet and not bother going there either for business or for tourism.

    I think the alcohol is a different issue though. I am not sure it should have been expected that alcohol could be served at the closing event, particularly on a Friday. Nor should it have mattered at a serious business event.

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  • OMG, in reading the above summary of the IBA Conference, one must ask himself, in my case herself, if these are the future discussion points on the IBA's agenda? I don't believe that anything was discussed that is of slightest interest to the international community. By the way, I hope that no meat in any way and form was served during Friday's closing event.

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  • This may come as a helpful reminder of what the Gulf countries really are and what they stand for...

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  • A small clarification; it was very much expected that 4 November 2011 (the date of the IBA closing cermony) would be a dry night. This was known for more than 3 months. The IBA could have planned around it by having the closing party on 4 November morning or 3 November night.

    Also, the IBA could have got over this legal hurdle by renting out its own space and hiring persons to serve alchol. The ban is on serving alcohol in public commercial places, not on alchohol consumption in general!

    On a lighter side; this dry night must have acted as a good break for those who seem to attend the IBA and the million and one receptions around it for the purpose of having a drink! Many livers were damaged during that week!

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  • So the IBA delegates are p****d off that they couldn't get p****d up. Somebody is seriously taking the p**s.

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  • Unsurprising given the unwise decision to hold the event in a country not known for prizing the free speech that the legal profession holds dear.

    The comments above about conferences being "a waste of firms' money" are laughable though. Firstly, the people making decisions as to who attends these things are generally partners; it's their own money they are spending. Secondly, the comment just typifies the bone-dry fun-free head-down attitude of most lawyers, that places no value on networking or socialising whatsoever and values only the grinding pedantry of document work. Thirdly, there is nothing actually wrong with having a little fun in the course of one's working life; it enhances productivity in the long run. If I were in charge, all IBA events would be held in Ibiza around the time of the closing parties, every year without fail.

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