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Breaking News
CRCICA Honored as the Regional Institution of 2013 by the Global Arbitration Review
CRCICA Director Elected Vice President of ICCA
CRCICA Recent Caseload:
A Promising First Quarter

 
CRCICA Advisory Committee First quarterly Meeting in 2014
 
CRCICA Membership in a Glimpse
 
Events Update

CRCICA / IFC Mediation Seminars
2-5 January 2014


Mediation Breakfast Seminars:

The Role of Mediator between determination and flexibility
26 February 2014


The Role of Lawyers in Mediation
31 March 2014


The Arbitration Agreement: CCATP First Module
15-17 March 2014


CRCICA hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:

8 January 2014:
The Duration of the Arbitration Process: Extension, Suspension and Termination


5 February 2014:
Critical Issues Related to the Arbitration Agreement and the Composition of the Arbitral Tribunal in International Commercial Arbitration


5 March 2014: Blending Mediation and Arbitration

International and Regional Contributions
Contribution to the Revision of the UNCITRAL Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings
"Colloquium on Arbitration in Egypt", Milan Chamber of Arbitration, Italy
18 February 2014
"First Arbitration Forum in the Islamic World", Mecca, Saudi Arabia
9-10 March 2014
"Commercial Mediation, an effective tool for dispute resolution", Cairo, Egypt
25 March 2014
Publications
Contribution to Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2014
CRCICA Arbitral Awards published in ICCA Yearbook
Journal of Arab Arbitration, Volume 21 and Twenty–Volume Index 1999 - 2013
Save the Dates !
Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) 2014 Round
8-10 June 2014:
CCATP Second Module: The ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL
7-9 September 2014:
CCATP Third Module: The ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS
7-10 December 2014:
CCATP Fourth Module: The ARBITRAL AWARD
SHARM EL SHEIKH V:
The Role of State Courts in International Commercial Arbitration
16-17 November 2014, Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt
Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Challenges and Remedies for Arab Countries
December 2014, Cairo - Egypt
 
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Global Arbitration Review
 CRCICA Honored as the Regional Institution of 2013 by the Global Arbitration Review

We are delighted to announce that the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration won the prestigious GAR GRA Award for the up-and-coming regional institution of 2013. Arbitral institutions in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Helsinki, São Paulo and Seoul featured in the shortlist. However, according to GAR's official announcement, "the winner was the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, in recognition of its great strides in the past year".

GAR is one of the leading publications of the international arbitration community worldwide. Its annual awards are the most closely watched in the field. The GAR Guide to Regional Arbitration (GRA) award for the up-and-coming regional institution of 2013 is a new category featuring in this year's GAR awards for the first time. CRCICA is pleased to be the first arbitral institution to win it. Prof. Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri, Chairman of CRCICA Advisory Committee, accepted the award on behalf of CRCICA at GAR's fourth and largest-ever annual awards ceremony held on 12 February 2014 in Paris, France. At the same important event, Prof. El-Kosheri won life time achievement award in recognition of his contributions to the field.

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ICCA
 CRCICA Director Elected Vice President of ICCA

The International Council for Commercial Arbitration has announced new appointments to its Executive Body and Governing Board, ahead of its meeting in Miami in April 2014.

In this context, ICCA has elected two vice presidents; Ms. Adriana Braghetta, co-head of arbitration at LO Baptista Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel in São Paulo and Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Director of CRCICA.

Both vice-presidents were selected from ICCA's 40-strong Governing Board, on which they have served since 2012. They replace departing vice presidents Teresa Cheng SC, the chair of the HKIAC, and Russian law professor Alexander Komarov.

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CASELOAD
 CRCICA Recent Caseload: A Promising First Quarter

The total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 31 March 2014 reached 959 cases. In the first quarter of 2014, 17 new arbitration cases were filed.

CRCICA's caseload in the first quarter of 2014 involved disputes relating to lease agreements, hotel management, supply, construction, subcontracting agreements, joint venture agreements, information technology, agency agreements, media and entertainment, sports-related agreements, sale and purchase of shares, real estate and settlement agreements.

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CRCICA AC
 CRCICA Advisory Committee First quarterly Meeting in 2014

The CRCICA Advisory Committee (AC) held its first quarterly meeting in 2014 on 24 March in the presence of the following 9 members: Prof. Ahmed El-Kosheri (Chairman), Prof. Fathi Waly, Prof. Mahmoud Samir El Sharkawi, Prof. Mohamed Badran, Counsellor Dr. Borhan Amrallah, Ms. Rabab Yasseen (via teleconference), Dr. Karim Hafez and Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab in addition to CRCICA Director.

The next AC quarterly meeting is scheduled to take place on 23 June 2014.

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CRCICA Membership
 CRCICA Membership in a Glimpse

Few months in operation, CRCICA membership attracts members from different countries. Beside Egypt, some joined from Lebanon, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, England and Belgium. Speaking of professions, lawyers and engineers rank top. Others are accountants, members of private sector companies and governmental officials.

Approximately 20% of existing members have been qualified by completing CRCICA training program on Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP). Other members were able to demonstrate an acceptable level of experience and professional exposure.

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 Events Update
CRCICA / IFC
 CRCICA / IFC Mediation Seminars, 2-5 January 2014

On 2-5 January 2014, CRCICA in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) held four consecutive mediation seminars delivered by Prof. Najda Alexander, Professor and Director of the International Institute of Conflict Engagement and Resolution (IICER), Hong Kong at Shue Yan University.

The themes of each seminar, however, were different; one focused on Effective Dispute Management for In-House Counsels. The Seminar explored the needs and expectations of in house counsels, as varying as their businesses are, in an attempt to place better mediation approaches respectively.

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 Mediation Breakfast Seminars:
Mediation Breakfast Seminars

CRCICA and IFC agreed to start a tradition of holding monthly mediation breakfast seminars to establish a sound mediation culture in Egypt. The seminars of the first quarter follow:

26 February 2014
 The Role of Mediator between determination and flexibility, 26 February 2014

The first Mediation Breakfast Seminar was delivered by Fatma Ibrahim, Operations Officer, International Finance Corporation (Middle East and North Africa).

The seminar focused on the role of mediator, as opposed to arbitrators and judges, in assisting parties in dispute reach amicable settlement, rather than imposing a decision on them. The lecturer expounded on the flexible nature of the mediation process, where the mediator focuses on all sides of the dispute (commercial, emotional, and legal), in contrast to adjudicative systems that focus solely on the legal side of the dispute. Ms. Ibrahim also demonstrated how the mediator explores with the parties the issues in dispute, restores communication between the parties, and assists them explore different and creative solutions to their dispute.

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31 March 2014
 The Role of Lawyers in Mediation, 31 March 2014

The March Breakfast Seminar of the year, "The Role of Lawyers in Mediation", was delivered by Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner and Head of the International Arbitration and Project Finance Groups, Zulficar & Partners; CEDR Accredited Mediator; and Professor of Private International Law and Dispute Resolution, Faculty of Law - Cairo University. The lecture was divided in four phases starting by presenting the facts and priorities in mediation then analyzing lawyers' receptivity of mediation which develops from a state of reluctance ("medio-phobic lawyers") to a state of acceptance in the international level.

The Speaker explained the role of the lawyer throughout the mediation process, which does not only cover the mediation phase, but also the preparation for mediation and the review/drafting of the settlement agreement. The Speaker demonstrated, by reference to international statistics, that mediation can indeed be a lucrative profession for lawyers, and invited lawyers, in conclusion, to embrace mediation as a constantly rising ADR technique and to accept it as a revolutionary legal change.

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15-17 March 2014
 The Arbitration Agreement: CCATP First Module
 15-17 March 2014

Held by CRCICA and CIArb Cairo, the 2014 round of the Comparative Commercial Arbitration Law: The Theory and Practice (CCATP) started on 15-17 March 2014 by the First Module: The Arbitration Agreement. The course was a balanced combination of lectures and tutorials. It provided participants with sufficient knowledge of the theory and practice in all the requirements for the writing and understanding of the arbitration agreement.

The didactics of the course are based on an unprecedented collection of documentations including comparative state court decisions on the arbitration agreement of the European (British, French and Swiss), American and Arab (Egyptian, Saudi, Sudanese, Tunisian, Emirati and Syrian) jurisdictions. Also, documents include a unique collection of arbitration agreement related arbitral principles extracted from awards of many international arbitration institutions including CRCICA. The mock case, the educational masterpiece of the course, is tactfully prepared to spot all possible types of the pathological arbitration clauses cited in CRCICA's rich institutional record.

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 CRCICA hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:
8 January 2014
 8 January 2014: The Duration of the Arbitration Process: Extension, Suspension and Termination

On 8 January 2014, Mr. Yasser Mansour, Managing Partner, Mansour Law Office, delivered a lecture entitled "The Duration of the Arbitration Process: Extension, Suspension and Termination". The topic covered all features related to the duration of arbitration out of both theoretical and practical perspectives. The lecture led to a very interesting discussion among the attendees.

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5 February 2014
 5 February 2014: Critical Issues Related to the Arbitration Agreement and the Composition of the Arbitral Tribunal in International Commercial Arbitration

On 5 February 2014, Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Samir El Sharkawy, International Lawyer and Arbitrator; Former Dean, Faculty of Law, Cairo University, delivered a lecture on "Critical Issues Related to the Arbitration Agreement and the Composition of the Arbitral Tribunal in International Commercial Arbitration". By the attendance of a considerable number of in-house counsels, the lecture stimulated lively discussions.

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 5 March 2014: Blending Mediation and Arbitration

On 5 March 2014, Dr. Khaled El Shalakany, the Managing Partner of Shalakany Law Office, delivered a lecture on "Blending Mediation and Arbitration". Being of an increasing importance, the topic attracted a big number of attendees from different backgrounds.

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 International and Regional Contributions
Contribution to the Revision of the UNCITRAL Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings

Upon UNCITRAL's invitation, CRCICA submitted its proposals on possible revisions of the UNCITRAL Notes on Organizing Arbitral Proceedings which were adopted in 1996. At its last annual session, in July 2013, the Commission called upon its Working Group II (Arbitration and Conciliation) to adopt the revision of the Notes in order to further meet users' needs and expectations.

It is notable that CRCICA contributed to various UNCITRAL works such as the UNCITRAL Digest of Case Law on the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, the UNCITRAL Recommnendations to assist arbitral instiutions and other interested bodies with regard to arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules as well as the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration.

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 "Colloquium on Arbitration in Egypt", Milan Chamber of Arbitration, Italy
 18 February 2014

On 18 February 2014, the Milan Chamber of Arbitration (CAM) organized a Colloquium, with CRCICA Director as keynote speaker, on Arbitration in Egypt within the context of the the Colloquia on international arbitration held periodically by the Milan Chamber of Arbitration and addressed to professionals and in-house counsels who are already familiar with the subject of international arbitration.

The Colloquia aim at exchanging views with arbitration experts from different jurisdictions and providing the participants with practical tips on how to use arbitration at different latitudes. They are held in an informal round-table setting in order to encourage the participants to share their experiences with a view to professional development and networking.

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 "First Arbitration Forum in the Islamic World", Mecca, Saudi Arabia
 9-10 March 2014

Upon the kind invitation of his Highness Prince Dr. Bandar Salman M. Al-Saud, Advisor to the king Abdulla Bin Abdul Aziz and President of the Saudi Arbitration Group, the first Forum for Arbitration in the Islamic World was held at Um Al Qura University in Mecca, Saudi Arabia from 9 to 10 March 2014.

The Forum was attended by many experts, lawyers, engineers, professors and students from all over the Islamic World. It tackled the following five topics.

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 “Commercial Mediation, an effective tool for dispute resolution”, Cairo, Egypt
 25 March 2014

On 25 March 2014, the Legal Committee of the French Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (CCFE), headed by Mrs. Arig Ali organized its second Mediation Seminar for the CCFE on: «Commercial Mediation, an Effective Tool for Dispute Resolution». The half-day event took place at the Aida Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, Cairo, Egypt and was attended by more than 60 persons from different backgrounds.

The Seminar was intended to discuss new developments in alternative dispute resolution, analyze and share experiences while focusing on the most important practical issues in mediation, based on what's happening right now in the field.

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 Publications
 Contribution to Getting the Deal Through – Arbitration 2014

A Chapter on CRCICA has been published in the ninth edition of Getting the Deal Through - Arbitration 2014, which provides international analysis in key areas of law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners and business people. The scope of coverage of the publication is expanding annually. In the 2014 edition, there are 52 jurisdictions and 13 arbitral institution chapters. To view the full Chapter, please click here

Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Arbitration 2014, (published in January 2014; contributing editors: Gerhard Wegen and Stephan Wilske of Gleiss Lutz) For further information please visit
www.GettingTheDealThrough.com

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CRCICA Arbitral Awards published in ICCA Yearbook

Selected arbitral awards have been recently published in the ICCA Yearbook Commercial Arbitration, VOLUME XXXVIII 2013. The general editor of the Yearbook is Albert Jan VAN DEN BERG, ICCA President as of April 2014.

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 Journal of Arab Arbitration, Volume 21 and Twenty–Volume Index 1999 - 2013

CRCICA has recently issued volume 21 of the Journal of Arab Arbitration, which is a semi-annual publication of the Arab Union of International Arbitration (AUIA). Volume 21 includes a number of articles, judicial awards and arbitral precedents and the Journal's Twenty–Volume Index 1999 - 2013

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 Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) 2014 Round

In cooperation with the Cairo Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the 2014 Round of Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) in four-phased progressive educational ladder will be held separately starting March and ending December 2014 as follows:

 8-10 June 2014:
 CCATP Second Module: The ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL

In this module, the Arbitral Tribunal will be studied in depth as based on a big number of the most recent international decisions and institutional regulations. Participants will have the chance to role play through a mock case designed to raise all top issues related to the composition and functioning of the arbitral tribunal.

 7-9 September 2014:
 CCATP Third Module: The ARBITRAL PROCEEDINGS

The Arbitral Proceedings Module tackles, inter alia, the rules applicable to the procedures, evidences and the examination of witnesses, interim measures...etc.

 7-10 December 2014:
 CCATP Fourth Module: The ARBITRAL AWARD

In this module, "the Arbitral Award" will be handled in depth as based on most recent court judgments in different jurisdictions.

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 SHARM EL SHEIKH V:
 The Role of State Courts in International Commercial Arbitration
 16-17 November 2014, Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh 2014 is the fifth in the only international series of conferences organized biennially since 2005 on the renovating relation between state courts and arbitration in a cross-cultural context.

CRCICA Partners in the Sharm El Sheikh Conferences are the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI), and the Arab Union for International Arbitration (AUIA).

In Sharm El Sheikh IV (November 2012), twenty seven countries were represented: Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Kuwait, Yemen, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Venezuela, U.S.A., Austria and Canada.

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 Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Challenges and Remedies for Arab Countries
 December 2014, Cairo - Egypt

Investor-state disputes have grown to be a subject of wide institutional attraction especially for Egypt and the Arab World. Since 2005, CRCICA prioritized the topic on its calendar of international events. Various conferences and workshops have been held to provide a better understanding of relevant laws and practices affecting arbitration in investor-state disputes in particular and ISDS in general. These events were held in cooperation with various regional and international institutions such as the UNCTAD, OECD, the SCC, the Arab League and the Arab Parliament.

This year's ISDS Conference is intended to focus on most recent issues arising out of the radically increased investment disputes involving Egypt and other Arab countries as respondents. The whole investor-State dispute settlement mechanism will be pragmatically looked into to suggest remedies and reforms through interactive debates. This will involve best practices of states in reviewing international investment commitments. Arab countries could benefit from the experience of a number of countries that undertook a comprehensive review of their international investment policies, including BITs. The proposed investor-State dispute settlement mechanism under the new inter-Arab investment agreement will also be studied.

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