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In This Edition
CRCICA Recent Caseload: A remarkable start for disputes arising out of services agreements
The Official Inauguration of CRCICA Conference Centre
 
Events Update
First In-take of the Course on:
The Contract and the Rules of Responsibility and Evidence (equivalent to CIArb Module 1:
Law of Obligations and Evidence),
17-20 January 2016

Conference on:
International Investment Arbitration Involving Arab Parties:
Issues & Challenges,
31 March 2016

The fifth Annual Training Course on "Comparative Commercial Arbitration, Theory and Practice" (CCATP), equivalent to CIArb Module 2: Law of International Arbitration leading to the Membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,
20-25 March 2016,
Cairo-Egypt

 
CRCICA Hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:
13 January 2016:
Shari’a as Electio Juris
14 February 2016:
The Legal and Regulatory Framework of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCEZ)
CRCICA Hosts Pre-moot for IDAI students participating in the 13th Vis East Moot in Hong Kong and the 23rd Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna
Future Events
 
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 CRCICA Recent Caseload: A remarkable start for disputes arising out of services agreements

The total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 31 March 2016 reached 1086 cases. In the first quarter of 2016, 16 new arbitration cases were filed compared to 14 cases filed in the same quarter in 2015.

CRCICA's caseload in the first quarter of 2016 involved disputes relating to Services, Construction, Media and Entertainment, Hotel Management, Lease Agreements, Tourism, and Telecommunications.

Disputes arising out of services agreements rank on top of the cases filed during the first quarter of 2016 with six cases, three of which related to contracts concluded to provide petroleum services on the basis of the call out system, to concessions regarding fields in the Egyptian Eastern Desert, the Mediterranean, the Nile Delta, and Sinai. The fourth services case is an international one relating to a contract concluded for the provision of medical device sterilization services to healthcare facilities and industries in Egypt. The fifth case related to the preparation of comprehensive advisory studies for rainwater and floods drainage and the prevention of dangers of flooding to the cities and the center of the village and the abandonment of the provinces of the Riyadh region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The sixth case related to the collection of industrial, residential and commercial wastes and cleaning services for streets and public utilities located in the southern district - Cairo, Egypt.

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Annual CRCICA BOT Meeting
 The Official Inauguration of CRCICA Conference Centre

On the occasion of holding CRCICA/SCC Investment Arbitration Conference, CRCICA inaugurated its newly renovated Conference Centre on 31 March 2016. The inaugural address was delivered by Dr. Nabil ElAraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States and the Chairman of CRCICA Board of Trustees.

Annexed to CRCICA main Offices, the Conference Centre stretches over a total of 420 m2 and is composed of one main conference room, three breakout rooms, one reading room, one lounge and a refreshment area.

Named after Dr. Esmat Abdel Meguid, the Former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States and the Honorary Chairman of CRCICA Board of Trustees who exerted valuable contributions during the establishment of CRCICA, the main conference room capacitates 151 seats, a 5-seat podium plus one-stand alone podium.

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 Events Update
First In-take of the Course on: The Contract and the Rules of Responsibility and Evidence (equivalent to CIArb Module 1: Law of Obligations and Evidence), 17-21 January 2016
 First In-take of the Course on: The Contract and the Rules of Responsibility and Evidence (equivalent to CIArb Module 1: Law of Obligations and Evidence),
17-20 January 2016

CRCICA has been recently approved as a Recognized Course Provider authorized to provide the training courses qualifying for the membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). By virtue of this one of the kind stance in the whole Arab region, CRCICA is entitled to hold both CIArb modules; Module I: Law of obligations and Civil Evidence which prepares candidates having no legal background to participate at Module 2: Law of Arbitration. Candidates are then entitled to apply for the CIArb membership.

The first CRCICA version of Module I was held on 17-20 January 2016 under the customized thematic approach “The Contract and the Rules of Responsibility and Evidence”. This tailored program stroke a unique balance between local and regional practices and jurisdictions and international law and practices. The curriculum included: (I) General Introduction to Law- Sources of Obligations- Making of Contracts- Terms of Contracts; (II) Privity of contract- Interpretation of contract- performance- remedies for breach- Termination; (III)Tort and Evidence Law.

The program addressed the general introduction to law, explained the meaning of the legal rule and the hierarchy of norms, and focused on contract law and Evidence law from a civil law perspective, and in comparison with the main concepts of common law.

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Conference on: International Investment Arbitration Involving Arab Parties: Issues & Challenges, 31 March 2016
 Conference on: International Investment Arbitration Involving Arab Parties: Issues & Challenges, 31 March 2016

On 31 March 2016, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and CRCICA organized their second joint investment arbitration conference entitled: “International Investment Arbitration Involving Arab Parties: Issues and Challenges”.

The Conference focal theme provokes various interesting topics and the agenda tactfully tackled all recent texts and trends; issues and concerns, perspectives and expectations in international investment arbitration with special reference to arbitrations involving Arab parties. This includes most recent legal investment texts (laws, bilateral and multilateral investment treaties), in the Arab World and around the globe, that affect investment Arbitration or are likely to have role in its coming future. The example of the current Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP), was examined to explore how would it provide a model for future negotiations on the investment policies between EU and the Arab World.

The last working session, a momentous practice-based session, questions the current international practices and mechanisms of the investor-state dispute settlement by Arbitration in an attempt to define shortcomings and propose possible remedies for the betterment of the ISDS. Within this context, and for the first time ever, special attention was given to the particular problems and concerns of the Arab Investor as claimants in investment arbitration as well as the role of the Arab Arbitrator in this concern.

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Annual CRCICA BOT Meeting
 The fifth Annual Training Course on "Comparative Commercial Arbitration, Theory and Practice" (CCATP), equivalent to CIArb Module 2: Law of International Arbitration leading to the Membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,
20-25 March 2016, Cairo-Egypt

CRCICA and CIArb Cairo launched the training course: “Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice” (CCATP) in 2011, as the first comparative arbitration program in the Arab World with a simultaneous bilateral tutorial methodology that combines Civil Law and Common Law systems. The program covers the main arbitration stages being the arbitration agreement, the arbitral tribunal, the arbitral proceedings and finally the arbitral award. It provides the ideal platform to underpin and support the development of professional experience in arbitration.

In 2016, in response to potential participants’ needs, the program was condensed over 6 successive days, after being delivered in the past in four separate modules, each lasted for 3/4 days.

Reference texts comprised an unprecedented collection of documents including comparative state court decisions of the European (British, French and Swiss), American and Arab (Egyptian, Saudi, Sudanese, Tunisian, Emirati, Iraqi and Syrian) jurisdictions; a unique collection of arbitration arbitral principles extracted from awards of many international arbitration institutions including CRCICA; national laws, model and institutional arbitration rules, international agreements and court judgments, the IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest in International Arbitration, the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration, the IBA Guidelines for Drafting International Arbitration Clauses, analytical articles as well as expert commentaries.

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 CRCICA Hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:
13 January 2016:
Shari’a as Electio Juris
 13 January 2016:
 Shari’a as Electio Juris

The first 2016 Wednesday One Seminar entitled “Shari’a as Electio Juris” was delivered by Mr. Mohamed Madkour, Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution, Ibrachy & Partners Law office. The lecture explained the history of Islamic finance and analyzed the expression “Islamic law”. The speech refuted the existence of an effective method to apply Islamic law in contracts and in dispute resolution. One of the main reasons, as perceived by the lecturer, is the existence of different schools of fiqh and the existence of conflicts between Islamic law requirements and existing international arbitration rules. Mr. Madkour argued that the existing state laws are sufficient to guarantee the applicability of Islamic law. The innovating argumentative approach, of the lecture, triggers various questions and created lively discussions.

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14 February 2016:
The Legal and Regulatory Framework of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCEZ)
 14 February 2016:
 The Legal and Regulatory Framework of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCEZ)

In the second Wednesday One Seminar of the year, Dr. Ahmed Darwish, the Chairman of the Suez Canal Economic Zone Authority highlighted the salient features and governing regulations of the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCEZ). The most distinctive regulatory feature is that the authority has full discretion over the zone, streamlining investment decisions. The Seminar witnessed a lively exchange of ideas and concerns between the Chief of the Authority and members of the Egyptian Legal community regarding various related issues such as the establishment of companies within the Zone, possible investment opportunities and the settlement of disputes.

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 CRCICA Hosts Pre-moot for IDAI students participating in the 13th Vis East Moot in Hong Kong and the 23rd Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna

On 2 April 2016, CRCICA hosted the pre-moot events preparing the nine IDAI students participating in both the 13th Vis East Moot in Hong Kong and the 23rd Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna.

The IDAI team composed of four students participating in the Hong Kong Moot in March 2016 was sponsored by Shalakany Law Office, while the IDAI team composed of five students participating in the Vienna Moot was sponsored by Kosheri, Rashed & Riad Law Office.

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 Future Events
Inaugural Conference

2016 Calendar of Events will feature many events including:


May
21
 21 May 2016
 Cairo New York Roadshow to be held in collaboration with the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and the Egyptian Centre of Judicial Studies
 
September
27
 ICSID 50th Anniversary in Cairo, Egypt
 27 September 2016
 ICSID Course:
Navigating an ICSID Arbitration from Start to Finish
 

September
28
 28 September 2016:
ICSID-CRCICA Joint Conference
on International Investment Arbitration
 

November
19-20
 19-20 November 2016:
Sharm El Sheikh VI
"The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration"

   
 Date to be confirmed:
   
2016
 First Regional Conference on
"The Settlement of Media and Entertainment Disputes".

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