The third module of CRCICA’s Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) was held on 1-3 September 2013. Beside traditional topics pertaining to the arbitral proceedings such as the commencement and conduct of proceedings, interim measures, cessation, suspension and termination of proceedings, the course tackled other important aspects of the arbitral proceedings. Examples of these aspects are: the determination of the rules applicable to the arbitral proceedings, the relationship between the selected procedural rules and the mandatory procedural provisions in the law of the place of arbitration as well as basic principles of pleadings before arbitration.
Evidence in Arbitration was tackled intensively including the general rules of evidence, the rules applicable to the taking of evidence, the means of Evidence [writing – witness – experts (The Sachs Protocol) – Inspection], the production of documents [The Redfern Schedule], discovery, tribunal’s discretion in weighing the evidence and finally the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration, May 2010). At the end of the module, a mock case was discussed in groups.
It is notable that CRCICA launched CCATP in 2011 as the first comparative commercial arbitration course in the Arab region in cooperation with the Cairo Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Tutors are Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf, CRCICA Director, and Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Vice President of the Cairo Branch of the CIArb. What is unique about the CCATP tutorial methodology is that the two tutors have both Common Law and Civil Law backgrounds and they lecture together instead of separately to give participants a wide interactive legal exposure.