How the UAE’s impending “Good Samaritan” law could impact the sports and events industry

Published 03 June 2019 By: Steve Bainbridge, James McMillan

UAE Samaritan

Recently, iconic Spanish World Cup winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas, during practice for his current club side, Porto, suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, in his case, trained medical professionals employed by the club (and subject to obligations to assist) were at hand and administered appropriate emergency care before he was safely transported to hospital. But what if it had happened to a fan, high in the stands during a match, or travelling to or from a sporting event with no trained professionals on duty? For many people, helping a stranger who requires assistance seems like the natural thing to do, especially in an emergency. This human instinct has been a source of many life-saving interventions and heroic bystander “Good Samaritan” rescues over the years.

Like a number of other jurisdictions1, the UAE, with its expanding sports and events market, is recognising the need to encourage this type of behaviour by alleviating the fear of prosecution or civil liability. This article examines the dynamics relating to the impending enactment in the UAE of a specific “Good Samaritan” law, which has been sought for some time2. In particular, it looks at:

  • What a “Good Samaritan” law might entail and the prevailing international standards

  • The current position in the UAE

    • What a responder currently can and cannot do in the UAE

    • The risks of acting and not acting

  • Comment

 

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Steve Bainbridge

Steve Bainbridge

Steve has almost 20 years experience in his field of expertise; and, he has significant experience advising on a wide array of the transactional elements underpinning the sports and events management sector from sponsorship agreements and packages of all types to athlete endorsement agreements; anti-ambush marketing strategies and enforcement; player contracts; broadcasting agreements and IP registration and enforcement; merchandising and licensing agreements; player disciplinary issues; event security; ticketing arrangements and varied venue/facilities management arrangements.

Steve rejoined Al Tamimi & Company in 2013 with a mandate to develop and head up the region’s first dedicated Sports Law Practice, which has since grown rapidly as a regional leader to include key advisory roles representing individuals, corporate entities, governing bodies and institutions in connection with events spanning motorsports, horse racing, triathlons, MMA, cycling, golf, tennis, cricket and football to name but a few.

 

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James McMillan

James McMillan

Senior Associate, Al Tamimi

James is a Senior Associate in the Al Tamimi Regulatory team and has over ten years’ experience focused upon regulatory compliance, investigations and disputes, risk management, crisis management, trade and customs, public policy and advocacy, corporate governance, due diligence, and licensing/permit issues.

James is based in Dubai and regularly contributes articles to journals, national newspapers and presents to corporates on healthcare, environmental, health and safety topics at Al Tamimi & Company.

Tel: +971 47 331 7161

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