Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and ADGM Courts Collaborate to Strengthen Legal Services in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts (ADGM Courts) to jointly establish a bespoke legal clinic program for Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi’s Department of Law, during a ceremony which took place today on the campus of the University. The ceremony took place in the presence of Professor Silvia Serrano, Vice-Chancellor of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and Ms. Linda Fitz-Alan, Registrar and Managing Director of ADGM Courts.

The legal clinic will engage with the ADGM Courts Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program (pro bono program) to create a closely supervised setting for law students at the university to interact with the legal work provided by pro bono pro bono lawyers to people in serious need of legal advice in the event of a dispute. over which ADGM Courts has jurisdiction.

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and ADGM Courts will also work closely together to organize events that will raise awareness of the contribution of law students to pro bono legal work, as well as advancing the importance of pro bono legal services in Abu Dhabi.

As part of their action to raise awareness of corporate social responsibility, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and ADGM Courts seek to offer an essential service to people who need urgent legal advice and services but who have limited financial means. During the Legal Clinic program, students will be involved in real cases and provide appropriate legal assistance under the close supervision and guidance of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi professors and the Pro Bono Program panel of legal volunteers.

Professor Silvia Serrano, Vice-Chancellor of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, said: “We are delighted to sign this MoU today with the Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts, which aligns on our continued efforts to partner with industry leaders to exchange skills and foster collaboration in areas of mutual interest. In addition, the agreement represents the university’s strong commitment to supporting and equipping students with the experience and skills they will need for their future careers and preparing them for the job market.

ADGM Courts firmly believes that an essential requirement for a fair and accessible justice system is that all individuals have access to legal assistance to protect their rights and interests. As such, ADGM Courts introduced its Pro Bono program in early 2020 to provide free legal advice to people with limited financial means. Its introduction could not come at a more crucial time, given the onset of the pandemic. Under the Pro Bono Scheme, clients in financial difficulty can access free legal advice on their rights and obligations in relation to a civil or commercial dispute or any other legal matter which falls solely within the competence of ADGM Courts .

Ms. Linda Fitz-Alan, Registrar and Managing Director of ADGM Courts added: “We are delighted to embark on this impactful initiative with Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. This collaboration offers law students at the university the opportunity to follow experienced lawyers and legal professionals and work in real time with clients seeking legal support on pressing legal issues and matters.

The legal clinic initiative aligns well with ADGM Courts and ADGM’s strong commitment to advancing the holistic framework of civil and commercial justice in the UAE. We welcome the opportunity to support young minds and the next generation of legal professionals, as well as provide accessible legal services to support ADGM and the wider Abu Dhabi community.


About Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

Sorbonne University was established in May 2006, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, and under license from the Department of Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is an Emirati university that benefits from 760 years of academic experience from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris. The university has a state-of-the-art 93,000 square meter campus located on Al Reem Island.

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi follows the French education system and Sorbonne University and University of Paris award their degrees, while all degrees are also accredited by the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation .

More than 2000 students from over 90 different nationalities have graduated from Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi to date.

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Dana Al Horani
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
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About Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial center (IFC) located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, opened on October 21, 2015. Established by Federal Decree of the United Arab Emirates as a broad-based financial center , ADGM is increasing Abu Dhabi’s position as a global trade and business hub serving as a strategic link between the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the rest of the world.

ADGM’s strategy is anchored by Abu Dhabi’s core strengths spanning private banking, wealth management, asset management, derivatives and commodities trading, financial innovation, sustainability and more Again. Comprised of three independent authorities: the ADGM Courts, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Registration Authority, the ADGM, as IFC, governs all of the 114 hectares (1.14 km2) of Al Maryah Island, which is a designated financial free zone.

It enables registered financial and non-financial institutions, businesses and entities to operate, innovate and succeed within an international regulatory framework based on common law. Since its inception, ADGM has received the “Financial Center of the Year (MENA)” award for four consecutive years for its initiatives and contributions to the financial and capital markets sector in the region.*

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* Source: Global Investor Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Award

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