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Yearly Archives: 2020

CRCICA Winner of the 2020 AFAA Award

In December 2020, CRCICA was declared the winner of the 2020 African Arbitration Association (AFAA) Awards in the categories of Diversity Champions, and African Institution of the Year.It is worth mentioning that CRCICA’s Director Dr. Ismail Selim is a founding member of the AfAA Board of Directors. The AfAA is …

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Appointment of Dr. Ismail Selim as an Expert Member of the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme People’s Court of China

Dr. Ismail Selim, Director of CRCICA, was appointed as an expert member of the International Commercial Expert Committee (ICEC) of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) of the People’s Republic of China effective on 8 December 2020 for a four-year term.The appointment of the second group of new Chinese and foreign …

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Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf Appointed Member of Grand Egyptian Museum’s Board of Directors

In December 2020, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf; Attorney at Law, Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Group at Abdel Raouf Law Firm, Member of CRCICA’s Board of Trustees, and Former Director of CRCICA, was appointed as Member of Grand Egyptian Museum’s (GEM) Board of Directors, which will be …

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CRCICA-Macchi di Cellere Gangemi Webinar Series: International Investment and Commercial Arbitration

On 30 November 2020, CRCICA and Macchi di Cellere Gangemi co-organized the CRCICA- Macchi webinar Series designed to discuss selected and trending topics on “International Investment and Commercial Arbitration”. The first topic of the Series was titled: “Counterclaims in ISDS: Challenges and prospects in light of the current reform process …

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Two Seminars on Dispute Settlement of Agricultural Export Contracts, Cairo and Alexandria

Within the framework of CRCICA’s role and efforts to raise the awareness and guidance of Traders and Investors in the best practices of mediation and arbitration for the dispute settlement of export contracts; CRCICA organized jointly with the Agricultural Export Council (AEC) two Seminars on “Dispute Settlement of Agricultural Export …

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Webinar on Online Dispute Resolution and the COVID Revolution: A Blessing in Disguise?

organizations to adapt at short notice to new means of working and offer solutions to parties and practitioners that will enable dispute resolution in a time of enforced social distancing. In response to this situation, the CIArb Egypt Branch in cooperation with CRCICA organized a webinar on 14 October 2020 …

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Training Course on: Comparative Commercial Arbitration – Theory and Practice

On 5-12 December 2020, CRCICA organized a new round of the Training Course on “Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP)”. The course was held annually by CRCICA since 2011 and was accredited by the CIArb in 2016. The course held in December 2020 was the first course organized under …

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Webinar on Private-Public Arbitration, with Special Reference to PPP Contracts in the MENA Region

On 13 December 2020, the CIArb Egypt Branch and CRCICA jointly organized the webinar on: “Private-Public Arbitration, with Special Reference to PPP Contracts in the MENA Region”. The speaker was Judge Dr. Mohamed A M Ismail (FCIArb), Vice-President of the “Conseil D’Etat” and Judge at the Supreme Administrative Court (Contracts …

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CRCICA’s Profile at One Africa One Voice Pan African Parliament Magazine 2020 and International Trade Report

In November 2020, CRCICA’s role in the development of arbitration in Africa was reflected in two significant publications; One Africa One Voice Pan African Parliament Magazine 2020, and the International Trade Report.One Africa One Voice Pan African Parliament Magazine 2020 published CRCICA’s Profile outlining CRCICA’s background, recognitions, and activities along …

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Nigerian CIArb Branch Annual Conference on Arbitration and ADR in a Free Trade Regime: Assessing Africa’s Readiness

On 25-27 November 2020, CRCICA was represented by Dr. Ismail Selim and Dr. Dalia Hussein, Deputy Director, at the 2020 virtual Annual Conference on “Arbitration and ADR in a Free Trade Regime: Assessing Africa’s Readiness” organized by the Nigerian CIArb Branch. Dr. Selim contributed to the session titled “The role …

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Webinar on A GUIDE FOR INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES TO DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN EGYPT

On 3 November 2020, CRCICA was a Media Partner for the webinar on “A Guide for International Construction Companies to Dispute Resolution in Egypt” jointly hosted by HKA, Al Dahbashi Gray, Duane Morris LLP, and Roger ter Haar QC. The event shed light on the current landscape for Egypt’s construction …

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The Third Annual Conference & Exhibition of Investment and Financial Markets

On 9-10 November 2020, Dr. Ismail Selim, Director of CRCICA, represented CRCICA to the world of Investors: The Third Annual Conference & Exhibition of Investment and Financial Markets, organized by Smart Vision Investment Expo 2020. Dr. Selim delivered a speech on the impact of Arbitration in supporting Foreign Direct Investments …

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AUC virtual Course on: Principles of International Contracts & Arbitration

On 14 December 2020, Dr. Ismail Selim, Director of CRCICA, and Dr. Mohamed Hafez, Counsel and Legal Advisor to the Director, contributed virtually in the AUC Course on “Principles of International Contracts & Arbitration”. The event was organized by the American University in Cairo within the study of MBA-Construction Track …

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18th CIETAC Cup International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition

CRCICA was a supporting organization for the virtual 18th CIETAC Cup International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held during 15-20 November 2020.CIETAC Cup, organized by China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”), is an annual professional competition of arbitration. Since its foundation in 2000, CIETAC Cup has been successfully held …

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Introducing & Promoting Mediation: CRCICA Launched the African Mediation Network Survey

On 15 October 2020, CRCICA, alongside Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse – Esmdc, LMU Loyola Law School, JAMS, SOAS University of London, and the Weinstein International Foundation were supporting the development of research titled “Comprehensive Study of Mediation in Africa under the Africa Mediation Network”.This research aimed to gather crucial information …

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Aliaa Khadr

Ms. Aliaa Khadrhas joined CRCICA as of November 2020 as an Administrative Officer and Receptionist. Ms. Aliaa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management (Sadat Academy for Management Sciences). She has intensive administrative experience in different fields; including computer & software company, Automotive, Area HR & Training (Hilton International), recruiting. …

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Louis Fer

Louis Fer joined the CRCICA Internship Programme from October 2020 to December 2020. Fer is a French Master 2 Degree student of International and European Business Law – Arbitration and Litigation, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, at the Institute of International Business Law (IDAI) in Cairo University. During his internship, Fer …

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CRCICA’s Deputy Director was selected as a Mentor at AYA’s 2nd Edition of the Mentoring Programme for Young Arbitration Practitioners in Africa, while she acted as an Award Judge for Africa Arbitration Awards 2020.

In August 2020, Dr. Dalia Hussein, CRCICA’s Deputy Director, was selected as a mentor at the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA)’s 2nd Mentoring Programme for Young Arbitration Practitioners in Africa. The Programme provides 6 months mentoring by renowned arbitration experts drawn from international institutions and law firms across the world. …

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Professor Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, to Return to Direct CIArb Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Chair of Private International Law Department and Professor of International Arbitration (Cairo University), Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, and Member of the CRCICA’s Advisory Committee has returned to direct CIArb Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration at Christ …

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CRCICA Broadcasted its First Series of Webinars on “Mediation in a Changing World”: The Future of Mediation to Resolve Post-Pandemic Disputes

On 6 July 2020, CRCICA broadcasted its first series of webinars “Mediation in a Changing World” on “The Future of Mediation to Resolve Post-Pandemic Disputes”. Dr. Ismail Selim, CRCICA’s Director, delivered the opening speech and introduced the speaker Dr. Emad Hussein, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and International …

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Online Training Course on “International Commercial Arbitration as a Dispute Settlement Mechanism”

CRCICA and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) organized an online Training Course for the students of the AASTMT on “International Commercial Arbitration as a Dispute Settlement Mechanism” during 6-17 September 2020. The opening speech was delivered by Prof. Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghafar Farag, President of …

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CEBC Forum: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on International Relations

On 22 September 2020, CRCICA hosted the Forum titled “The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on International Relations”, organized by Canada Egypt Business Council (CEBC) and the Egyptian Business Council for International Cooperation. The Forum discussed how the COVID 19 affects human business atmosphere as well as international relations with …

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TagTime Series of Free Live Webinars

CRCICA supported the interesting webinars of TagTime Series of Free Live Webinar. TagTime Series is organized by Delos Dispute Resolution, it is a live webinar series that features leading counsel, arbitrators and academics in discussion of substantive issues in international arbitration. Discussions are followed by a Q&A with the audience …

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CRCICA Chosen as the Exclusive Arbitral Institution in the Headquarters Agreement between the (CAF) and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt (ARE)

CRCICA has been exclusively chosen as the arbitral institution in the arbitration clause enshrined in the Headquarters Agreement between the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt (ARE) (hereinafter the “Headquarters Agreement”).  By virtue of the Egyptian Presidential Decree No. 149 of 2020, …

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UNCITRAL’s Working Group II (Dispute Settlement)

CRCICA was represented by Dr. Mohamed Hafez, Counsel & Legal Advisor to the Director, at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II (Dispute Settlement) at its Seventy-second session. It took place in Vienna on 21–25 September 2020, whereby the draft provisions on “expedited arbitration” was …

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Webinar on Special Interview Series for the Africa’s 50 Most Promising Arbitration Practitioners of the Year 2020

Dr. Mohamed Hafez, Counsel and Legal Advisor to the Director of CRCICA participated as a panelist on 5 August 2020 at a webinar titled “Special Interview Series for the Africa’s 50 Most Promising Arbitration Practitioners of the Year 2020” to share experiences and practical tips in the field of international …

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IBLJ/RDAI Roundtable: Arbitral Institutions: A Necessity or a Burden?

On 16 September 2020, Dr. Ismail Selim represented CRCICA at the 10th edition of the virtual Roundtable organized by IBLJ/RDAI (International Business Law Journal/Revue du Droit des Affaires Internationales) hosted by the Milan Chamber of Arbitration.  Discussions were conducted by a group of experts of international arbitration about two topics …

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China Arbitration Summit 2020: Work Together, Win Together — Global Innovation and Development of Dispute Resolution in Face of COVID-19

On 22 September 2020, CRCICA was a supporting organization and was represented by Dr. Ismail Selim at the China Arbitration Summit 2020 on: Work Together, Win Together — Global innovation and Development of Dispute Resolution in Face of COVID-19. The Summit, the most important and influential arbitration event and highest-level …

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CRCICA at Eldib Advocates

On 8 September 2020, CRCICA Director, Dr. Ismail Selim, presented CRCICA at Eldib Advocates, Alexandria. Eldib Advocates is one of the oldest international law firms based in Egypt since 1875. The presentation focused on CRCICA’s caseload, recognitions, and activities. Discussions involved CRCICA’s virtual hearings effectiveness, neutrality, and affordable costs. The …

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CRCICA at the Egyptian Junior Business Association

The Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) is one of Egypt’s premium and influential business associations enhancing business environment. EJB is represented by a membership network of various business sectors based in Cairo, Alexandria, Delta, Port Said, South Sinai and Upper Egypt. On 8 September 2020, CRCICA’s Director delivered a lecture …

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CIArb International Virtual Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

Dr. Ismail Selim lectured at the CIArb International Virtual Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, held during 4-27 September 2020. The Diploma is one of CIArb’s leading membership training programmes, normally delivered in the heart of Oxford for more than twenty years. This year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the Diploma …

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Mentorship Program

In July 2020, the Egypt Branch of the CIArb established the Branch Mentoring Program as the first Program initiated by a CIArb Branch in the ME region. The Program provides young CIArb members interested in arbitration and ADR with the opportunity to learn from the experience of more senior members …

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Branch Treasurers Meeting

Dr. Ismail Selim, Branch Treasurer, represented the Egypt Branch at the CIArb Branch Treasurers Meeting conducted virtually on 29 July 2020. The meeting was attended by the CIArb Head of Finance. Discussions approached themes arising from Branch Chairs meetings, 2021 Budget principles, latest financial initiatives, support for delivery of events, …

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Webinar on: Variations after the Contract Completion Date – The “Net” Vs “Gross” Debate

The CIArb Egypt Branch organized jointly with CRCICA a webinar titled “Variations After the Contract Completion Date – The ‘Gross’ vs ‘Net’ Debate” on 15 August 2020. Unlike other events, the webinar was conducted as a mock arbitration hearing where the key players (the speakers) were the claimant: Dr. Waleed …

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Marie-Ann Bryon

Starting from August till end of September 2020, Marie-Ann Bryon joined the CRCICA’s Internship Program. Marie-Ann is a Franco-German graduate in International and European Business Law (with a focus on international arbitration) at the institute for international business law (IDAI Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne). During her internship, she became acquainted with …

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CRCICA Overview at the GAR’s Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2020 and Contribution to the African Arbitration Association Newsletter

On 20 April 2020, CRCICA contributed with a Chapter titled “CRCICA Overview” at the Global Arbitration Review (GAR)’s final edition of the “Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2020”. The Chapter introduced CRCICA’s activities, caseload, and focused specially on cases related to the media and entertainment sector in light of …

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Arbitration and COVID-19 Joint Statement

On 16 April 2020, CRCICA contributed a group of leading international arbitral institutions to publish a joint Statement in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Statement was a message of solidarity and cooperation where arbitral institutions which affirmed their commitment to work together to provide an effective response to the …

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SOAS 2020 Arbitration in Africa Survey

In April 2020, CRCICA contributed to the second edition of the SOAS 2020 Arbitration in Africa Survey. The Survey focused on gathering data and information from the users of African arbitration centres globally. The Survey aimed at learning from the users of these centres their effectiveness and capacity to administer …

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Participation as Arbitrator at the 27th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

On 4-9 April 2020, CRCICA was represented by Ms. Malak Lotfi, Case Manager & Legal Researcher, at the 27th Annual WILLEM C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Vis Moot was organized by the Association for the Organisation and Promotion of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and …

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CRCICA’s Director Speaker at a Webinar on Arbitration after the Outbreak of COVID-19

On 30 April 2020, Dr. Ismail Selim, Director of CRCICA, delivered a webinar titled “Arbitration after the Outbreak of COVID-19” over zoom and was simultaneously broadcasted over “Facebook”. The lecture was attended by 39 people on Zoom and more than 600 people on Facebook mainly form Jordan. The lecture was …

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International Arbitration Webinar on the Challenges Raised by COVID-19 and its Impact on the Arbitral Process – What’s Now, What’s Next

On 20 May 2020, Dr. Mohamed Hafez, Legal Advisor to the Director of CRCICA, was a speaker at the International Arbitration Webinar on “The Challenges Raised by COVID-19 and its Impact on the Arbitral Process – What’s Now, What’s Next” organized by the CIArb London Branch and hosted by Pinsent …

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«CRCICA: An Efficient Arbitral Justice System» in the Special Issue of the Journal of the African Academy of the Practice of International Law

In June 2020, CRCICA contributed to the special issue of the Journal of the African Academy of the Practice of International Law: The Compass of the Possible in the Face of the COVID-19 with an article titled: “CRCICA: An Efficient Arbitral Justice System” (Le CRCICA: une justice arbitrale efficace). The …

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“The Synergy between Common Law and Civil Law under UNCITRAL and CRCICA Rules”, in Arbitration: the International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management

In May 2020, Dr. Ismail Selim, CRCICA’s Director, published an article titled “The Synergy between Common Law and Civil Law under UNCITRAL and CRCICA Rules” at Arbitration: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management, the CIArb Academic journal. The article provided “findings on the influence of the UNCITRAL …

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Dr. Mohamed Hafez and Ms. Amani Khalifa recognized as one of Africa’s 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners in 2020

In June 2020, the Association of Young Arbitrators (“AYA”) recognized Dr. Mohamed Hafez, Counsel and Legal Advisor to the Director of CRCICA, as one of Africa’s 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners in 2020. AYA has announced the winners of 2020 Award in consistence with the objectives of the AYA …

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CRCICA Supported a Delos Session of Tag Time hosting Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab

On 24 June 2020, CRCICA supported the first season of TagTime, a series of free live webinars from Delos Dispute Resolution. The guest speaker was Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Chair of Private International Law Department and Professor of International Arbitration (Cairo University), Founding Partner and Head of International …

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CRCICA Mediation Webinar “Mediation as a Means of Resolving Disputes in Times of Crisis”

On 17 June 2020, CRCICA organized a webinar titled “Mediation as a Means for Dispute Resolution in Times of Crisis” with more than 500 registered participants and 1,700 views on CRCICA’s various social media platforms. The speaker was Mr. Fehmi Karami, Mediator, International Arbitrator and Trainer on Mediation (Lebanon). Ms. …

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Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab Elected as ICCA’s New Governing Board Member

In February 2020, Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner & Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Oil & Gas, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Chair, Private International Law, Professor of Dispute Resolution, Cairo University and Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee, has been elected as one of the …

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Seminar on the Development of International Law and Investment Arbitration in a New Era

On 14 January 2020, CRCICA organized a seminar on “The development of International Law and Investment Arbitration in a New Era”, at CRCICA’s auditorium. The speaker was Ms. Annette Magnusson, Secretary General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and General Counsel of the Stockholm Chamber of …

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First AlexandriaU-CRCICA International Vis Pre-Moot and International Commercial Arbitration Conference

On 4-7 March 2020, the Alexandria University and CRCICA co-organized the First AlexandriaU-CRCICA Pre-Moot for the Willem C.vis and International Commercial Arbitration Conference at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Conference Center (BACC), Alexandria, Egypt. The AlexandriaU-CRCICA Pre-Moot is an international legal education event and a “Sponsor Pre-Moot” for the international long-standing moot …

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Ms. Heba Roushdy

As of February 2020, the CRCICA has appointed Ms. Heba Roushdy as Head of Conferences, Trainings and External Relations Department. Ms. Roushdy holds an LL.B from Cairo University, Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting Section, Ain Shams University, a Diploma in Economics and International Relations, Ain Shams University, and the First …

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Ms. Lobna Hazem

In February 2020, CRCICA welcomed the newest member, Ms. Lobna Hazem, following the completion of a 3-month internship. Ms. Lobna holds an LL.M in Distribution and Business Contract Law from Montpellier University and an LL.B from both Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Cairo University. Ms. Lobna joined the Dispute Management Department …

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Seminar on: The Impact of Emerging Technologies on International Arbitration: Cybersecurity, Blockchain & Smart Contracts and Artificial Intelligence

On 30 January 2020, the CIArb Egypt Branch jointly with CRCICA organized a seminar titled “The Impact of Emerging Technologies on International Arbitration: Cybersecurity, Blockchain & Smart Contracts and Artificial Intelligence” at CRCICA’s auditorium The speaker was Mr. Brandon J Malone, LLM FCIArb FRICS, Solicitor Advocate, Brandon Malone & Company, …

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Training Course on International Commercial Arbitration, Riyadh, KSA

On 26-29 January and 23-26 February 2020, in Riyadh, KSA, Dr. Ismail Selim Director of CRCICA delivered the last two phases of a four-round training course on “International Commercial Arbitration” organized jointly by CRCICA and the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The last two phases focused respectively on arbitration …

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CRCICA at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for Diplomatic Studies

On 20 February 2020, Dr. Ismail Selim presented CRCICA at a training course for the Francophone African diplomats. The course was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for Diplomatic Studies from the 16th till the 27th of February in Cairo and was attended by 15 African Diplomats from …

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The 38th Session of the UNCITRAL Working Group III: Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform, Vienna, Austria

On 20-24 January 2020, Dr. Dalia Hussein, Deputy Director represented CRCICA at the Resumed 38th Session of the UNCITRAL Working Group III: Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform. The session was attended by 56 member states, 40 observer states, and more than 50 observer organizations. The working group discussed the establishment of …

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