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The Metis Institute


Committed to improving justice, enhancing the rule of law and advancing dispute resolution centres, The Metis Institute combines leading strategists, judges, academics and practitioners to offer turnkey solutions to both the public and private sector. With particular expertise in designing, building, operating and improving judicial systems and arbitration centres, The Metis Institute is one of the foremost advisers to Governments, Judiciaries and Arbitration Centres looking to improve.



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As countries are competing ever more vigorously for economic development, a clear value proposition, availability of infrastructure and talent, a favourable regulatory and tax regime and excellence in communications and positioning are still paramount.

However, there is another key development factor which is often overlooked, even though it features prominently in investor surveys as well as in global rankings, such as the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index produced by the World Bank. That is the outstanding positive economic impact of an effective and efficient commercial dispute resolution, as a major part of advancing rule of law.

Both international investors and domestic businesses appreciate knowing that, in case of commercial disputes, they can seek dispute resolution and enforce their rights, in a fair, timely and predictable way.

This key feature of rule of law applies to countries overall, as well as to free zones and other special economic zones within countries. Accordingly, improvement efforts can be either structured to apply to or fit within a country’s existing judicial and dispute resolution framework, or to set up a separate “island” solution, e.g. a dispute resolution mechanism with limited mandate for a specific zone.

In particular, the latter option has proven tremendously successful for building investor confidence and economic development in numerous countries across the globe. For example, having an effective civil and commercial dispute resolution system is considered a major success factor of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), one of the world’s leading free zones.


This doesn’t come as a surprise setting up and optimizing commercial dispute resolution comes with the following benefits:

  • It makes a real difference, with visible impact within a short time;

  • It is relatively easy to implement;

  • It is not politically controversial per se;

  • It requires relatively low investment; and

  • It brings a strong positive impact on (international) perception.

The Metis Institute brings together a platform of experienced practitioners to help develop and set up state-of-the-art dispute resolution mechanisms, in cooperation with some of the world’s leading law firms, judges, academics and private sector technology partners:


The Metis Institute offers practical solutions rather than just theoretical expertise.


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