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20 Years Ago – the Vriend Case

Posted in Alberta, Canada, Courts, Dispute Resolution, Human Rights, Justice, reflection with tags , , , , on April 13, 2014 by leginsky

It was twenty years ago that I helped several equity-seeking groups obtain the first level of justice for Albertans in having their human rights recognized on the basis of sexual orientation.  You can see the case here.

It brings back many happy memories!



Register Now for Unique Asian Arbitrator Seminar

Posted in Arbitrator, Asia, Business, Construction, Dispute Resolution, Malaysia with tags , , , , on February 28, 2014 by leginsky

If you are in the Asian region and wish to hone your skills as an arbitrator, please register now for this excellent seminar.  Find a link to it here.

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You must be at the Fellow level to attend.  Thank you.

International Arbitration Seminar in Dubai a Success

Posted in Animals, arbitration, Business, Dispute Resolution, Dubai, Middle East, reflection with tags , , , , , , , on September 22, 2011 by leginsky

The International Arbitration course, that I co-taught with Professor Dr Klaus Peter Berger from Germany was  a great success!  Thirty participants from several disciplines had hands-on experience at dealing with the complexities of an International Arbitration hearing.  Here is just one of the excellent Tribunals that we drew from the participants, listening to other participants playing the part of arbitration counsel.

You can participate next year.  It will be about the same time (late September ) in 2012. 

Thanks to Dr. Berger and, of course, to Director Nassib Ziadé and the entire staff of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre for the great support. 

Remember, a sea elephant is not an elephant! (To find out why, you have to attend the seminar!)


Posted in Art, DIFC, Dubai, UAE life and culture with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2011 by leginsky

Across the street from me is the Dubai International Finanical Centre (DIFC).  It has a host of art galleries.  It is interesting to see that side of Dubai.  Please click on the images to better see them.

A whimsical piece, a small truck loaded with all manner of household goods. It had Lebanese plates.

British Columbia Day 2

Posted in BC, Canada, reflection, Travel with tags , , on August 20, 2010 by leginsky

After poking around Vancouver on Day 2, I found myself at the Flying Beaver.  (Please click images to enlarge)

It is a pub on an arm of the mighty Fraser River, mere metres from its confluence with the Georgia Straight in the Pacific.  It is also a float plane dock.

Ah, the west coast Canadian life-style.  Sun , beer and float planes.  Can’t beat it.

I am about to fly to my island house on a float plane from the arm of the mighty Fraser.

It is indeed a flying Beaver.


Underway, the view from the co-pilot’s seat.

And over the beautiful Gulf Islands.  Here is a map; I am flying to Mayne Island.

Some views of the islands from the plane.

This one is Mayne; you can see the BC Ferry in the ferry dock; my house is on the shore just to the left of the ferry.

Float plane landing at Mayne Island. 

Walking up to the historic Springwater Pub, British Columbia’s longest continually operating inn.

If it sounds like all we do in BC in the summer is go from pub to pub, well, unfortunately, that’s just about it.  And then to my house

Relaxing on the deck.  You can see where I was sitting; ever-present Blackberry in front of the chair, along with the ever-present glass of red.

And this is the view from that deck.  It is Pacific Ocean waters, but broken by the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.  We look over at Prevost Island and Saltspring Island and up the Trincomali Chanell.

And we sit on the deck and look at that view until the sun sets …

British Columbia – Day 1

Posted in BC, Canada, reflection, Travel, weather with tags , , , , on August 18, 2010 by leginsky

Two weeks away from the heat of the Middle East, in the beautiful green, mountainous, Pacific province of BC.  Day 1 actually spanned two days, because I started just after midnight in Dubai, had an eleven hour lay-over in Schiphol, and then an 8 hour, 45 minute flight to Vancouver. (Please click on pictures to enlarge)

In Schiphol, our plane the “Ingrid Bergman”.  I never thought I’d fly on Ingrid Bergman! 

Here is Ingrid having landed in Vancouver.

From a cool rainy day in Amsterdam to a glorious, very warm day in Vancouver.

The international arrivals area in Vancouver International (YVR) is one of the nicest I’ve seen with all the art and a waterfall feature.

Downtown Vancouver has a lovely harbour.  Here are a couple of shots from the conference centre- cruise-ship terminal.

Then on to English Bay.  It was evening by this time.  Some interesting statuary.

and the usual sunset-on-English-Bay pictures from downtown Vancouver.

Being away, I had forgotten how beautiful English Bay can be.  These have an Inukshuk in the lower left corner.  If you recall the logo of the winter Olympics we just had, that is the symbol.  This is a mysterious symbol used throughout the circumpolar world and is a meme in the Canadian psyche.  You can read more here.

And so back to the hotel.  I stayed at the Coast Vancouver Airport hotel because (besides being cheap) it has a White Spot restaurant. This is a British Columbia chain, not expensive, has its own locally-brewed beer, and good food.  I had been thinking about its steak, smothered with mushrooms, with a sturdy red accompaniment.  And so it was!  Hard to beat Canadian beef.  It was every bit as good as I had remembered. (Warning: messy food shot)

A good end to Day 1.

Turkey Trip Day 10

Posted in BC, Canada, Dubai, Middle East, motorcycle, reflection, Travel, Turkey with tags , , , , on July 10, 2010 by leginsky

Please click on the pictures to see them better.  I stayed in Bandirma, Turkey, the night of Day 9 at a tired ferry landing hotel.  Bandirma is a tired industrial port town.

Rather than eat in a restaurant, I used one of the many kabab stands, this one on the dock by the hotel.

Thıs morning, it was the ferry (feribot, as they call it) lineup.

Here is our feribot!

My bike blocked and ready for the trip

During this ferry trip, I kept thinking of the last important motorcycle ferry trip I made, in March 2007, when I started my journey ınto expat lıfe, from Mayne Island.  I was taking the beautıful BMW K1200GT to Vancouver for ıts onward shipment to Dubai.  It snowed.  ”Leavıng, are you, you ungrateful bastard … take some of that”.  I can’t yet judge all that I have done, and has been done, since March 2007.   More endings … more beginnings! 

Istanbul!  Here you see the arrival through the ferry’s big rear loading door.

And unpacking the bike from the trip and giving it back to the shop.

Lunch in Istanbul.  It was raining so the staff tried to get me to eat inside.  After being on the road in the wind for 10 days, I couldn’t face being inside yet.  I had them set up a little table on the narrow sidewalk for me.

The ferry, the ride throughout Istanbul to the BMW shop on the outskirts, the bike hand-over, all went seamlessly.  The return of the bike was well timed, as by the time I got back to my hotel, it really started to rain.  Back to the European side of Turkey, and back to European weather!

After about a couple of thousand kilometres of Turkey, the motorcycle part of the trip is over.  But every ending is a beginning.  I learned a lot, met some good people and Inshallah can look forward to many more trips and to my own bike in the fall. 

There is so much yet to see …