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Advocates Amna Al Jallaf & Ihab Arja attend the 9th Cape Town Convention Academic Conference Advocates Amna Al Jallaf & Ihab Arja attend the 9th Cape Town Convention Academic Conference

The 9th Annual Cape Town Convention Academic Conference took place in Rome at the UNIDROIT Headquarters

Advocates Amna Al Jallaf and Ihab Arja attended the 9th Cape Town Convention Academic Conference which took place in Rome at the UNIDROIT Headquarters 10 and 11 September, 2020.
The topics covered include an in-depth discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on the operation of the CTC, particularly in the context of insolvency law, as well as papers on subjects with great topical relevance, including the interaction between the EU insolvency regulation and the CTC, and judicial breach of the CTC. There were two papers relating to the Pretoria Protocol on mining, agricultural and construction equipment: one considering the amendment provisions and another on the features and challenges of developing the MAC International Registry. There was also a discussion of the judicial guide to the CTC.
As a UAE based Advocacy Firm, Al Jallaf is the only specialist aviation law firm that has rights of audience before Dubai and Federal Courts.
Uniquely, our aviation expertise includes first-hand experience of the commercial, regulatory and operational fields. Notably, as a full-service specialist aviation law firm, our services cover the full spectrum of aviation disputes and transactions, including: regulatory and commercial issues, international interests in Aircraft Equipment (the Cape Town Convention), business jet acquisition, fleet renewal and asset-based financing (including Islamic finance), aviation contract work, corporate governance, crisis management, strategic safety, and brand reputation issues including insurance and reinsurance liability and subrogation work as well as coverage.


Ihab is an Italian attorney-at-law and expert in the aviation sector. He has been engaged in commercial and regulatory law practice for many years, with a focus on aviation.

He has an extensive experience in high-profile litigation, aircraft financing and leasing, aviation regulation, aircraft accident investigations and policy & business aviation issues.

During his career, he has been actively involved in a full range of legal matters arising in the aviation industry, including drafting aviation legislations, participating in major Privatization and Public–Private Partnership projects, delivering regulatory consultations & proceedings, handling general aviation and commercial issues including sale, purchase and lease of aircraft transactions, aircraft & air navigation services’ insurance and reinsurance, and other environment, security & safety issues.

Ihab has addressed numerous conferences on aviation law and aircraft financing & leasing in the Middle East, Europe and Canada, and published on a variety of issues, including commercial aviation developments, environmental regulation impacting the aviation sector and the Cape Town Convention and its Aircraft Protocol.

He is a member of ICAO’s Commission of Experts of the Supervisory Authority of the International Registry (CESAIR) for the purposes of the Cape Town Convention (CTC) and the Aircraft Protocol.