Ismail Selim

Dr. Ismail Selim

Director of CRCICA

Director of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)

President of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI)

Chairman of the Egypt Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)

Vice-President of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA)

Dr Selim started his career as a Public Prosecutor in the Office of the Prosecutor General of Egypt, then a civil Judge, until he joined Zulficar & Partners Law Firm in 2009, as a leading member of its Arbitration Group and where he was promoted to Partner in 2013.

Further, in May 2015, Dr Selim joined Nour and Selim in association with Al Tamimi and Company as Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, Cairo. In parallel to his former judicial career, Dr Selim was seconded to the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration from 2003 until 2007 where he acted as Legal Advisor. Further, Dr Selim became a member of CRCICA Advisory Committee as of 1 May 2016.

Dr Selim reads Private International Law, Arbitration and ADR at the” Ecole de Droit de la Sorbonne au Caire” (Paris 1 University) since 2011. He also taught Comparative International Arbitration Law at the Paris 1 University Middle East Laws LLM in Paris since beginning of 2018 until 2021 and is a fully approved tutor in CIArb Approved Faculty List (AFL) since April 2018.

Dr Selim has been constantly appointed as Presiding arbitrator, Sole Arbitrator and Co-Arbitrator and has acted as a Counsel under various rules such as CRCICA, ICC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ADCCAC, BCDR, UNCITRAL, CAS and Swiss Rules in diverse fields including telecommunications, electricity, oil and gas, hospitality, construction, banking, shareholders disputes, advertisement, international sale of goods, media and entertainment and sports. The applicable laws in these arbitrations were respectively, Egyptian, English, UAE, Qatari, Saudi, Bahraini, DIFC, Kuwaiti, Iraqi and Swiss Laws.

Dr. Selim provides Expert opinions on Egyptian, Libyan and Kuwaiti Laws in arbitration and international proceedings.

Dr Selim has published several articles in learned Egyptian and International journals and was a speaker in several national and international conferences, especially in the field of arbitration and ADR.

Dr. Selim has been recognized as a leading individual in legal 500 (2016). He is also a certified mediator at the London School of Mediation and has served as mediator under the rules of the Investors Disputes Settlement Centre (GAFI- Egypt).

Dr Selim speaks Arabic, French, and English fluently as well as basic Chinese.

Dr Selim received his LL.B. from Cairo University in 1997, he also obtained an LL.M in International Business Law from the Institut du Droit des Affaires Internationales (I.D.A.I) in 1999. He then moved to France and earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the National School of Administration (E.N.A), in 2001. He also earned a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London in 2005.

In 2009, Dr. Selim earned his PhD with highest honours (mention “Très Honorable avec les Félicitations du Jury à l’Unanimité.”) from Burgundy University (Dijon – France). The title of the Thesis is “L’ordre public international in favorem arbitrandum” Etude de droit Comparé. The Thesis was published by Edition Universitaire Européenne.