Dr. Karim A. Youssef is the managing partner and head of international arbitration and international law practices at Youssef & Partners, a GAR 100 ranked firm in Cairo, Egypt. His practice focuses on commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and international law.
Karim has acted as counsel, party-appointed or presiding arbitrator in over 103 international arbitrations under a variety of rules, including the ICC, CRCICA, DIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCC and ICSID. He has also acted in ad hoc arbitrations governed by national laws. Karim represents regional and international clients in high-profile local and regional disputes and large-value claims, across a wide array of industries and key sectors.
Highlights of Karim’s counsel work include representing investors in investment treaty claims, including in Cementos La Union SA & Aridos Jativa SLU v. the Arab Republic of Egypt and, previously, representing the CBC Channel in commercial claims against Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef.
Karim also acts as counsel or arbitrator in some of the largest commercial claims arising from the Arab Spring, including in disputes concerning the post–2011 unwinding of Moubarak-era privatization transactions.
His distinctions include, inter alia, Chambers Global (Band 1, dispute resolution – Egypt, 2018); Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2018); Legal 500 Lead Individual: Arbitration (Egypt) and Arbitration Law Experts (Egypt). Legal 500 (2018) says: “Karim Youssef at Youssef & Partners Attorneys is a leading light in international arbitration and excels in investment treaty matters.""
Karim is author of Consent in Context: Fulfilling the Promise of International Arbitration, Multiparty, Multi-contract and Non-contract Arbitration (West, 2009–2012; preface by Jan Paulsson), as well as many other articles.
Karim was educated at Yale Law School (where received LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees), the University of Paris and the University of Cairo.