On 9 April 2014, CRCICA hosted the Oral Pleadings of The Shalakany Law Office International Commercial Arbitration Moot (SAM). SAM is an annual competition of teams representing law schools throughout Egypt and is intended to stimulate the study of international commercial law and to promote and develop interest and skills in international commercial arbitration. The nature of the Moot is intended to lead participants to interpret the texts of international commercial law to develop an expertise in advocating a position before an arbitral panel. The Moot is designed as an educational learning program in the form of a competition. It is not intended to be a competition with material benefits.
Shalakany Law Office organizes the SAM on a pro bono basis as part of its efforts to promote and support legal education in Egypt.
The pleadings were divided into four teams of students coming from the Cairo University English Section Law, IDAI Sorbonne (Cairo University French Section Law) and Assuit University.
There were two groups of arbitral tribunals. Members of the tribunals were Prof. Dr. Ahmed S. EL KOSHERI, Senior Partner of Kosheri, Rashed and Riad Law Firm; Chairman of CRCICA’s Advisory Committee, Prof. Dr. Fouad A. Riad, Former Judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for War Crimes in the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), Dr. Naglaa Nassar, Managing Partner of Nassar Law Office, Dr. Khaled El Shalakany, Managing Partner of Shalakany Law Office and Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf, CRCICA Director. Ms. Dina Hassan of El Shalakany Law Office and Ms. Menna Sadek of CRCICA also joined the tribunals in representation of junior practitioners.
Students worked on cases as counsels, they filed written statements and delivered oral pleadings. The tribunals were very impressed by the unique performance of students. The IDAI Sorbonne team won the competition and was awarded the first prize