Mr Justice Kelly resigns as judge of Dubai finance court
Former High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly has resigned as a judge of the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Courts.
The retired judge was sworn in last week alongside former chief justice Frank Clarke. Both have now resigned following criticism focused on the UAE’s poor record on human rights.
Established in 2004, the DIFC Courts administer a “unique common law, English language jurisdiction, which governs commercial and civil disputes, national, regionally, and worldwide”.
Mr Justice Kelly told The Irish Times: “I have decided to resign from the Court of Appeal of the DIFC since, as a private citizen, I do not want this controversy to disrupt my future time in retirement.”
On Sunday, Mr Justice Clarke said he had resigned from the position after concerns were raised of there being a conflict of interest with his recent appointment as president of Ireland’s Law Reform Commission (LRC).