On 22 March 2022, the Egypt Branch organized jointly with CRCICA a hybrid seminar on “The Impartiality of Arbitrators”, held at CRCICA (the seat of the Branch). The speaker was Dr. Karim El Chazli, MJur (Oxford), PhD (Sorbonne), Legal advisor at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, and the moderator was Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Chair of the Egypt Branch, Attorney at law, Partner and Head of the international Arbitration Group at ABDEL RAOUF LAW FIRM.
Dr. El Chazli presented an overview of the main issues he discussed in his PhD dissertation “L’impartialité de l’arbitre” ” published in 2020. He focused on the importance of the impartiality of arbitrators, the distinction between the concepts of impartiality, independence and neutrality, the sanction for the breach of the duty to disclose in light of recent decisions of the Egyptian Court of Cassation ; the circumstances that give rise to risks of partiality and the impartiality of party-appointed arbitrators.
Attendees participated actively in the webinar through interesting questions and comments which focused on the impartiality of party-appointed arbitrators and the prevailing view according to which party-appointed arbitrators and presiding arbitrators should be subjected to the same impartiality standards. 40 participants attended the seminar in person, while 165 participants attended virtually. Participants were from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Iraq, France, Kuwait, Bahrain, USA, Malaysia, Palestine, Belgium, Sudan, Oman, India, Australia, Qatar, Sweden, and the UK.
To watch the video of the seminar, please click here: