On 28 November, 2012, CRCICA held its first Board of Trustees (BOT) Meeting in Sharm El Sheikh by the attendance of 12 members; 9 in person and 3 by proxies. Attending members were: Dr. Ali AI Marri (Qatar), Prof. Bernardo Cremades (Spain), Dr. Abdel Hamid El Ahdab (By proxy) (Lebanon), Dr. Nabil Elaraby (Egypt), Dr. Mohamed El Baradei (Egypt), Prof. Dr. Yehia El Gamal (Egypt), Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sadek El Kosheri (Egypt), Judge Mohamed Amin El Mahdy (Egypt), Dr. Hamza Haddad (Jordan), Judge Dr. Adel Koura (Egypt), Mr. Philippe Leboulanger (By proxy) (France), Mr. Michael Schneider (By proxy) (Switzerland).
Pursuant to its new By-laws, the BOT elected Dr. Nabil Elaraby as Chairman by acclamation. Judge Mohamed Amin El Mahdy and Dr. Hamaza Haddad were elected as Vice-Chairmen by secret ballots.
The new BOT’s By-laws were unanimously approved. Also, after discussions, members unanimously agreed to adopt the new CRCICA Mediation Rules, which were announced effective as of 1 January, 2013 and are now available in Arabic and English.
During the meeting, various arbitral issues were discussed out of a multi-cultural perspective, these related to the immunity of international arbitrators, institutional code of Ethics and its role in fostering the neutrality of arbitrators, the importance of sports arbitration, and finally the DAB mechanism and its growing role in the settlement of construction disputes.