On 15th September 2017, The GAR published an interview with CRCICA director Dr. Ismail Selim . During the interview, Dr. Selim highlighted some features of his predecessors’ achievements which he plans to build on and further develop.
He particularly stressed aspects of procedural significance in CRCICA Arbitration Rules, specifically after the 2011 amendments. This includes, for example, a procedure whereby challenges to arbitrators are determined by three members of the CRCICA’s advisory committee which has worked well and has also been endorsed by the Cairo Court of Appeal in decisions issued in December 2014 and December 2015.
On future developments, Dr. Selim highlighted the upcoming expansion of the Centre’s activities into the whole of Africa, including Sub-Saharan countries building on the African Development Bank’s recognition of CRCICA as “one of the best arbitration centres across the African Continent”. Other priorities, he explained, is to raise the Centre’s profile in Asia and to highlight its potential to arbitrate disputes arising from China’s massive “One Belt, One Road” plan. It was noted that both ambitions are in line with the Centre’s original purpose when it was set up by the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, AALCO, in 1979. Dr. Selim also expressed his eagerness to promote the Cairo Centre as the institution of choice for Arab media and entertainment disputes in the MENA region. Sports Arbitration is another sectoral focus for CRCICA, according to Dr. Selim, who plans to promote the Cairo Centre as “the sole alternative hearing Centre of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Africa.”
The full GAR story is accessible through this link: https://globalarbitrationreview.com/article/1147375/developing-the-cairo-centre-an-interview-with-ismail-selim#.WmWsWUiq0y0