Date: Wednesday 14th June 2023
Time: 10:00
Venue: House of Lords Parliament Square London SW1A 0PW
Cost: Free - places must be reserved in advance via the registration link

The real cost of doing business in the UAE: 14th of June 2023, House of Lords

Evidence gathering session on the reality of doing business in the UAE

The criminal justice system in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has come under scrutiny in recent years for its treatment of businesspeople, particularly foreigners. It is an issue that has garnered significant attention, with many individuals and organizations advocating for reform. In response to this, a parliamentary panel has been commissioned to investigate the matter and produce an independent report with proposals for reform.

The panel will be composed of British parliamentarians and will focus on the criminal justice system in the UAE, with a specific focus on the treatment of businesspeople, including UK nationals. The report will also consider other relevant cases relating to non-UK nationals. They will meet at the House of Lords on the 14th of June 2023, in order to gather evidence and produce a detailed report.

This session will be open to the public. If you have evidence you wish to submit to the panel please email


  • Baroness Helena Kennedy KC
  • Sir Robert Buckland
  • Alistair Carmichael MP

Evidence will be presented by:

Alexis Thiry (MENA rights group), Matthew Hedges (British academic detained in the UAE), Martin Lonegran (British businessman detained in the UAE), Chris Pagett (Brother-in-law of current detainee Ryan Cornelius) Meredith Morrison (The Risk Advisory Group).

Ben Keith is a leading specialist barrister in international law, extradition, immigration and human rights. He has extensive experience of appellate proceedings and applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights and United Nations.

This event is organised by IHR Advisers, Ben Keith & Rhys Davies.