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In this editionCRCICA CaseloadEvents UpdateContributionsFuture Events
4- 2014  
Arbitration Update
CRCICA Recent Caseload: More Cases in 2014 than in 2013 and New Record for Purely International Cases
Annual CRCICA BOT Meeting,
10 December 2014
CRCICA Advisory Committee Fourth quarterly Meeting,
16 November 2014
Events Update
Sharm El Sheikh V:
The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration,
16-17 November, 2014
The Arbitral Award:
Fourth Module in CRCICA CCATP Program,
22-25 December 2014
Egyptian Arbitration Law:
Celebrating Twenty years of Application,
28 December 2014
 
Mediation Activities
22 & 29 November 2014:
Mediation Training for University Students
23 November 2014:
Course Management Training
26-27 November 2014:
Transformative Mediation Training and Power Balance
9-10 December 2014:
Mediation Advocacy Training
8 December 2014:
Writers' Workshop
11 December 2014:
Arb/Med/Arb Roundtable
 
CRCICA hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars
15 October 2014:
Particularity of Arbitration in Construction Contracts
23 October 2014:
Reflections on the Settlement of International Economic Disputes
5 December 2014:
Issues Regarding of the Arbitration agreement in Investment Disputes
 
Mediation Breakfast Seminars:
30 October 2014:
Why and When to be Mediate
24 November 2014:
Emotions in Mediation: The Key to Making Smart Choices

International and Regional Contributions
Fifth ISPRAMED Meeting of the Network of Arbitration Centres in the Mediterranean, Casablanca, Morocco, 13 October 2014
ISPRAMED Conference on the Selection of Arbitrators: The Key to Efficient Arbitral Proceedings, Casablanca, Morocco, 14 October, 2014
Construction Contract Development, Challenges and Dispute Resolution Conference, AUC, 22 October 2014, Cairo,Egypt.
IFCAI Council Meeting, 17 November 2014, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
"For a Euro-Mediterranean Community of International Arbitration", 8 December 2014, Marseille, France.
Investment Integration and Policy Reforms in the MENA Region 9-11 December 2014, Cairo, Egypt
"The Limitus Test: Challenges to Awards and Enforcement of Awards in Africa", 15-16 December 2014, Mauritius
 
Cooperation Agreements and Visits:
CRCICA and CAM-CCBC (BRAZIL) sign a cooperation agreement, Cairo, 20 November 2014
Publications
English Volume IV of CRCICA Arbitral Awards
Journal of Arab Arbitration: 23rd Volume - Volume 1 (3rd Edition)
Future Events
 
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CASELOAD
 CRCICA Recent Caseload: More Cases in 2014 than in 2013 and New Record for Purely International Cases

The total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 31 December 2013 reached 1016 cases. In 2014, 74 new arbitration cases were filed compared to 72 cases scored in 2013.

17 out of the 74 new cases were filed in the first quarter of 2014, while 18 cases were filed in the second quarter of 2014. The third quarter of 2014 witnessed the filing of 23 new arbitration cases, while 16 new cases were filed in the last quarter of 2014.The largest amount in dispute filed in 2014 amounted to US $176,000,000.

The 16 new cases filed in the fourth quarter of 2014 involved disputes relating to media and entertainment, construction, real estate, charter party agreements, services, lease agreements, sale and purchase of shares and supply.

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  Annual CRCICA BOT Meeting, 10 December 2014

On 10 December 2014, CRCICA Board of Trustees (BOT) held its annual meeting at CRCICA's headquarters in Cairo. The meeting was presided by his Excllency Dr. Nabil Elaraby (Chairman of the BOT) and attended by: Judge Mohamed Amin El Mahdy (Vice-Chairman - Egypt), Prof. Dr. Ahmed Kamal Aboul Magd (Egypt), Dr. Ziad A. Al-Sudairy (Saudi Arabia), Prof. Bernardo M. Cremades (Spain), Prof. Dr. Yehia El Gamal (Egypt), Judge Dr. Adel Koura (Egypt), Dr. Nayla Comair Obeid (Lebanon), Prof. Dr. Fouad Riad (Egypt).

During the meeting, CRCICA Director presented CRCICA's activities and caseload in 2013-2014 as well as its financial statement of operations for the year ending on 31 December 2013 as audited by the external auditor. The final designs of CRCICA's new Conference Centre and library to be inaugurated in 2015 were also presented.

The BOT approved CRCICA's membership in the International Federation of Arbitration Centres in the Islamic World and unanimously agreed to nominate two new African experts (Ms Olufunke Adekoya from Nigeria and Judge Abdul Qawi Yusuf from Somalia) to become members of the BOT.

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  CRCICA Advisory Committee Fourth quarterly Meeting, 16 November 2014

CRCICA Advisory Committee (AC) held its fourth meeting in 2014 on 16 November on the occasion of the Sharm El-Sheikh V Conference on the Role of State Courts in International Arbitration. The meeting, which was presided by Prof. Dr. Ahmed El Kosheri (Chairman) was attended by: Dr. Philippe Leboulanger and Prof. Nassib Ziadé (Vice-Chairmen), Judge Mohamed Amin el Mahdy, Prof. Dr. Hamza Haddad, Prof. Dr. Fathy Waly, Prof. Dr. Samir El Sharkawy, Judge Borhan Amrallah, Ms. Rabab Yasseen, Dr. Karim Hafez, Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab and CRCICA Director. The meeting discussed the determination of the Centre's policy with respect to the criteria of determining the administrative and arbitrators' fees in cases where the sum in dispute cannot be ascertained as well as whether the arbitral tribunal is under any obligation to inform the Centre of any increase in the amount of the claims and counterclaims.

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 Events Update
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Sharm El Sheikh V: The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration, 16-17 November, 2014
 

SHARM ELSHEIKH Conferences: An Overview
SHARM EL SHIEKH Series of Conferences is the WORLD's SOLE international biennial conference on «The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration». This biennial event is known to have established a permanent venue for practitioners from all over the world for the exchange of pragmatic thoughts on the renovating relation between state courts and arbitration in a cross-cultural context.
Since 2005, SHARM ELSHIEKH conferences have been organized in cooperation with 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).
The idea of SHARM ELSHIEKH Conferences first blinked in the CRCICA/UNCITRAL joint Regional Judicial Colloquium held in Cairo in 2002. Upon the unique success of the widely attended Colloquium, the UNCITRAL encouraged CRCICA to keep up the tradition of holding similar events as a methodical follow up on the changing relations between the judiciary and arbitration.

CRCICA and SHARM ELSHEIKH Conferences :
CRCICA launched the fifth round of its important biennial conferences with a remarkable international support and wide professional acknowledgment emerging out the Centre's contributions to the world of international arbitration.
Despite changing political circumstances in the past years, CRCICA held a very successful round of its SHARM ELSHEIKH conferences in November 2014 with the participation of representatives from 30 countries.
Such a stance attracted international attention, materialized in the Global Arbitration Review (GAR)'s granting CRCICA a prestigious international award as the best regional centre in the world in 2013 for its successive achievements regardless of the political climate in the region.
Equally significant, in its official survey on some African arbitration Centres, the African Development Bank (AFDB) selected CRCICA as one of the best arbitration centres in the African Continent.

 

   

Vision
SHARM ELSHEIKH V followed several successive legal and judicial developments in the Arab world that have led to remarkable reforms with respect to the settlement of commercial and investment disputes in general and commercial arbitration in particular. A number of extremely interesting decisions have been rendered in most of the Arab states during the last two years. These decisions are worth of examination and scrutiny due to their important role in emphasizing the supportive, parallel and supervisory role of state courts in international commercial arbitration. It is undisputable that state courts play an important role to determine whether a particular place is convenient to be chosen as a seat for arbitration. The Conference aimed therefore to identify the salient judicial trends in the Arab world and to shed light over the latest judicial practices in the most significant seats of arbitration worldwide, including Europe (France, England, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy), Asia (Turkey), Africa (Sudan, Morocco and Tunisia), the United States and Latin America (Venezuela and Brazil). It attempted to study these trends by tackling the role of state courts during the four basic phases of the arbitration process starting from the arbitration agreement, the arbitral tribunal, the arbitration proceedings and ending with the arbitral award.

Agenda
Through 6 working sessions, the agenda was tackled by almost 30 celebrated international figures from all continents around the globe. Prof. Dr. Ahmed El-Kosheri who was most recently granted the GAR's prestigious lifetime achievement award was the Keynote Speaker.

The Structural pattern of the agenda was based on the role of state courts during the four basic phases of the arbitration process, namely, the arbitration agreement, the arbitral tribunal, the arbitration proceedings and the arbitral award. Most recent, and most controversial, court decisions on arbitration were discussed by national judges and national courts' leading counsels in different jurisdictions as well as international arbitration practitioners all over the globe.
The conference provided floor for most recent arbitration issues. For the first time in the Arab World the new UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration was arrayed. Similarly, discussions tackled the new IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interests and the Use of Advance Waivers in ICC Arbitration.
The program also presented new, and controversial, concepts affecting or likely to affect the due process of arbitral procedures, such as the Academic immunity of Arbitrators and the role of the emergency arbitrators. For more details, please view the detailed report of the Conference in English and Arabic.

Conferees
There was a total of 220 participants in attendance from 28 countries being Algeria, Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sultanate of Oman, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, UAE, UK, USA, Tunisia, Turkey and Venezuela.

 

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Sharm El Sheikh VI
Sharm El Sheikh VI is provisionally scheduled for 27, 28 November 2016.

ICCA
  The Arbitral Award: Fourth Module in CRCICA CCATP Program,
22-25 December 2014

The fourth module of CRCICA training program on: "Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice" (CCATP) was held at Dr. Aboul-Enein's hearing room from 22 to 25 December 2014. In this module, the "Arbitral Award" was handled in depth as based on most recent court judgments in different jurisdictions. Reference documents included a huge collection of court decisions which were regularly updated, analytic articles, expert commentaries and a model arbitral award. In groups, participants drafted an arbitral award based on the facts of a mock case. With varying professional backgrounds, participants came from Egypt and Jordan.

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  Egyptian Arbitration Law: Celebrating Twenty years of Application, 28 December 2014

This celebratory event was held on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Egyptian Arbitration Law no 27 / 1994. The agenda featured three discussion panels tackling the following themes:

1) Practical problems arising out of the application of the Egyptian Arbitration Law ;
2) Case Law on the Law;
3) Salient Features of the arbitration legislative policy in Egypt ;

In a dynamic discussion structure, a wide variety of experts approached the different topics of the agenda. Each panel tackled a number of comprehensive practice-grounded questions that triggered a unique exchange of experience among panelists complemented by expert questions and interventions from the floor.

At the closing session, CRCICA reported a proposal of amendment, integrating the discussions of the conference as well as recommendations of revisions prepared earlier by eminent practitioners under the auspices of the Centre.

Users representing a variety of business sectors were in attendance, including the fields of telecommunication, construction, banking import and export, capital market. Also, many law firms, ministries of justice, universities, non-governmental and international organizations and national courts were represented.

Beside an outstanding majority of Egyptian professionals, there were attendees from United Arab Emirates, Sudan and Yemen who chose to observe the leading Egyptian experience in the application of the Arbitration Law.

Please click here to view the full report of the conference in Arabic and click here to view photo gallery

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 Mediation Activities
15 October 2014

In November and December, CRCICA, in collaboration with International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) hosted a series of events to promote commercial mediation led by Prof. Dr. Nadja Alexander, an imminent international scholar and practitioner of mediation.

15 October 2014
 22 & 29 November 2014: Mediation Training for University Students

In collaboration with Ain Shams University, Dr. Alexander trained thirty students from the School of Law, Ain Shams University on the basics of mediation. Students reported high satisfaction and some reported they wanted to start their career in mediation.

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 23 November 2014: Course Management Training

Dr. Alexander also delivered a course to CRCICA mediation-trainers as well as CRCICA Staff on managing mediation training courses, thereby re-affirming CRCICA leading role in mediation-training provision.

The training covered all administrative and logistical issues regarding training provision such as sending invitations to attendees, pricing the training, the shape of the training room, etc.

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 26-27 November 2014: Transformative Mediation Training and Power Balance

This two-day training introduced the transformative mediation concept being a unique approach to dispute resolution that works on the level of values, and seeks to empower parties in mediation. The training provided a close overview to the conflict, from the standpoint of how people feel/behave in conflict situations. The training offered different techniques to approach the dispute such as scaling questions; solution-focused questions; specific language used by mediators in order to support the parties make their own decisions without giving any advice even subtly.

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2 April 2014
 9-10 December 2014: Mediation Advocacy Training

It is incumbent upon professional representatives, also called mediation advocates, to negotiate within the mediation framework to the highest level of skill and technique. The course redefined mediation from the perspective of the mediation advocate and outlined duties of mediation advocates and specific duties held by mediation advocates who are also practicing lawyers. Most interestingly, it offered participants a negotiation protocol specifically geared to anticipating and meeting the challenges of mediation.

Attendees were a variety of lawyers, in-house counsel, university professors, and engineers on the art of representing parties during mediation.

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 8 December 2014: Writers' Workshop

IFC in collaboration with its local partners plans to sponsor a major mediation book project envisioned to be "the definitive leading text on mediation in Egypt and in the region". This workshop agreed to explore the potential of drafting the book. Re-assessment will take place early February.

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 11 December 2014: Arb/Med/Arb Roundtable

Given the increasing interest in multi-tiered dispute resolution (MDR) processes, CRCICA hosted a roundtable discussion that involved eminent arbitration practitioners in Egypt to explore the option of institutionalizing Arb-Med-Arb in CRCICA. "Arb-Med-Arb" is a process where a dispute is referred to arbitration before mediation is attempted. If the parties are able to settle their dispute through mediation, their mediated settlement may be recorded as a consent award. If the parties are unable to settle their dispute through mediation, they may continue with the arbitration proceedings.

Discussions were based on the case study of the Signapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) which recently initiated Arb-Med-Arb.

The feedback from the attendees was very positive, in view of the benefits that the combination of this process can offer.

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 CRCICA hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:
15 October 2014
 15 October 2014: Particularity of Arbitration in Construction Contracts

On 15 October 2014, Eng. Sharif Al-Nazer, Consultant Engineer and International Arbitrator, delivered a lecture entitled "Particularity of Arbitration in Construction Contracts". Taking into consideration the inter-webbed contractual relations in construction disputes, privacy of arbitration is of crucial importance in construction contracts. The lecturer tackled the different aspects of this theme in a stimulating fashion.

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2 April 2014
 23 October 2014: Reflections on the Settlement of International Economic Disputes

On 23 October 2014, Prof. Dr. Georges ABI-SAAB, delivered a lecture entitled "Reflections on the Settlement of International Economic Disputes". Prof. Dr. Abi-Saab is Emeritus Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and Member of the Institute of International Law; Former Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade; and Member of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund, and of various international arbitral tribunals (ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, CRCICA).

The lecture adopted a comprehensive approach towards the settlement of international economic disputes out of Prof. Abi-Saab's valuable experiences. Attendees were particularly interested in the effect of changing international economic circumstances on the settlement of disputes.

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2 April 2014
 3 December 2014: Issues Regarding of the Arbitration Agreement in Investment Disputes

On 5 December 2014, Mr. Mohamed A.H. Madkour, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution at Ibrachy & Partners delivered a lecture entitled "Issues Regarding of the Arbitration agreement in Investment Disputes". The lecture handled the most peculiar aspects of arbitration agreements in investment disputes stressing the importance of accurately drafting its provisions to avoid complications that might arise in the course of settling as crucial type of disputes as investment disputes are. The lecture was very well received and have triggered critical practice-based discussions.

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 Mediation Breakfast Seminars:
30 October 2014
30 October 2014: Why and When to be Mediate

On 30 October 2014, the Mediation Breakfast Seminar titled "Why and when to Mediate" was delivered by Hazim A. Rizkana, Partner, Helmy, Hamza & Partners, a member of Baker & McKenzie International. The speech unveiled the core motivation fostering the decision to resort to mediation and provided interesting guidelines as to how to estimate the convenience of this flexible dispute settlement mechanism to a dispute.

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2 April 2014
 24 November 2014: Emotions in mediation: the key to making smart choices

In CRCICA's monthly mediation breakfast seminar, Dr. Alexander shed the light on emotions in mediation as a fundamental factor in making decisions. It was emphasized that the recognition of one's and others' emotions in mediation is fundamental to manage and best deal with them and, hence, make smart decisions.

Attendees, drawn from the legal and engineering field, recognized the need to give appropriate attention and deal properly with emotions in mediation as a tool to reaching successful settlement.

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 International and Regional Contributions
 Fifth ISPRAMED Meeting of the Network of Arbitration Centres in the Mediterranean, Casablanca, Morocco, 13 October 2014

On 13 October 2014, the Institute for the Promotion of Arbitration and Mediation in the Mediterranean (ISPRAMED) held the fifth meeting of the Network of Arbitration Centres in the Mediterranean in Casablanca, Morocco. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Arbitration Court of Morocco, the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, the Centre of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration of the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tunis Mediation and Arbitration Centre, the Istanbul Arbitration Centre of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, the Lebanese Arbitration Centre of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon and the CRCICA. The meeting tackled inter alia the publication of ISPRAMED's Report on independence and impartiality of arbitrators, the discussion of the draft Report prepared by ISPRAMED on arbitrators' selection as well as the possibility of tackling a third issue, which is the costs of arbitration.

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 ISPRAMED Conference on the Selection of Arbitrators: The Key to Efficient Arbitral Proceedings, Casablanca, Morocco, 14 October, 2014

On 14 October 2014, the Institute for the Promotion of Arbitration and Mediation in the Mediterranean (ISPRAMED) organized a conference with the Arbitration Court of Morocco on the "Selection of arbitrators: the key to efficient arbitral proceedings", in Casablanca, Morocco. The Conference was attended by persons of different backgrounds and tackled the selection of arbitrators by the parties, the required background and qualifications, the independce and trust of arbitrators and the case of beauty parades, the appointment of arbitrators in multiparty arbitrations and the importance of the selection in guaranteeing streamlined proceedings. CRCICA Director participated in a roundtable moderated by Prof. Mohamed El Mernissi regarding the role of arbitral institutions in managing the selection process, in which he explained the role of CRCICA in the selection of arbitrators in its capacity as appointing authority. Among the other institutions participating in the said roundtable was the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, the Centre of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration of the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tunis Mediation and Arbitration Centre, the Istanbul Arbitration Centre of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, the Lebanese Arbitration Centre of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon and the Arbitration Court of Morocco. Prof. Charles Jarrosson, University Panthéon Assas Paris II and ISPRAMED's Network Coordinator, made the conclusions at the end of the Conference.

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 Construction Contract Development, Challenges and Dispute Resolution Conference, AUC, 22 October 2014, Cairo,Egypt.

On 22 October 2014, the American University in Cairo (AUC) in conjunction with the Society of Construction Law (SCL-UK) held a conference at the AUC Campus in New Cairo, Cairo Egypt on "Construction Contract Development, Challenges and Dispute Resolution" where the contractual and legal challenges in construction contracts were tackled with special emphasis on the modern alternative dispute resolution mechanisms available for the settlement of such disputes. CRCICA Director made a presentation on the settlement of construction disputes by arbitration under the auspices of CRCICA. The conference was very well attended mainly by engineers and lawyers from Egypt and the Middle East.

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 IFCAI Council Meeting, 17 November 2014, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The IFCAI Council held a meeting on 17 November 2014 on the occasion of the Sharm El-Sheikh V Conference on the Role of State Courts in International Arbitration. The meeting was attended by Diana Droulers, IFCAI President, Stefano Azzali (Secretary-Treasurer), Annette Magnusson and Mohamed Abdel Raouf (Vice Presidents) as well as Nassib Ziadé (Councillor). The following arbitral institutions were therefore represented in the meeting: Arbitration Centre of the Chamber of Commerce of Caracas, the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA). Among the matters on the meeting's agenda was the prepration of the forthcoming IFCAI Biennial Conference scheduled to take place in Bahrain on 23 March 2014 as well as the launch of the new IFCAI website.

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 "For a Euro-Mediterranean Community of International Arbitration", 8 December 2014, Marseille, France.

On 8 December 2014, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the French Inter-ministerial Delegation for the Mediterranean organised an international conference on "For a Euro-Mediterranean Community of International Arbitration" in the impressive Villa Méditerranée in Marseille, France.

After an inaugural session in which the current work of the UNCITRAL in the field of International Commercial Arbitration was explained by Renaud SORIEUL, UNCITRAL's Secretary, Philippe Leboulanger, Vice-Chairman of CRCICA Advisory Committee and member of CRCICA Board of Trustees, tackled the development of Euro-Mediterranean relations in the field of international commercial arbitration and investment. The new UNCITRAL Guide on the New York Convention of 1958 was also explained.

CRCICA Director addressed the "Issues and Challenges of Investment Arbitration: An Arab Perspective", where he explained the salient differences between commercial and investment arbitrations, investment arbitration in the Arab World with special emphasis on the Egyptian Experience as well as the CRCICA caseload, the impact of using the UNCITRAL Rules on the settlement of investment disputes, in addition to the salient jurisdictional and substantive issues and challenges of Arab ISDS.

At the same panel, Mr. Rinaldo Sali, Vice Secretary General of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration, explained the activities of ISPRAMED, while Ms Rabab Yasseen, Member of CRCICA Advisory Committee, tackled the issues and challenges of investment arbitration from a practitioner's perspective.

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 Investment Integration and Policy Reforms in the MENA Region, 9-11 December 2014, Cairo, Egypt

CRCICA participated in the Regional conference on Fostering Regional Integration on Investment, held on 9-10 December 2014 at the premises of the League of Arab States in Cairo, Egypt. The conference was organized by the League of Arab States in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the OECD. In a session dedicated to the "State of Play of Existing Tools to Promote Investment in the Region", CRCICA representatives, Dr. Dalia Hussein, legal advisor and Ms. Heba Salem, case manager and legal researcher, delivered a speech on CRCICA's vision to enhance investment arbitration in the region. The speech also presented CRCICA's experience in investment arbitration and assessed the latest amendment to the Unified Agreement for the Investment of Arab Capital in the Arab States.

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 "The Limitus Test: Challenges to Awards and Enforcement of Awards in Africa", 15-16 December 2014, Mauritius

On 15 and 16 December 2014, the third biennial Mauritius International Arbitration Conference (MIAC) was held in Mauritius with the following title: "The Litmus Test: Challenges to Awards and Enforcement of Awards in Africa".

MIAC 2014 featured panels formed of international and regional leaders in the field who explored from practical perspectives challenges to awards and enforcement of awards in general with special emphasis on Africa.

Over two days, a very interesting combination of panels and workshops was made as follows: Two panels of experts presenting papers, one focusing upon challenges to awards and the other upon enforcement of awards. Two practical workshops involving advocates and judges relied on mock cases to demonstrate how in practice advocates can argue challenges to awards and enforcement of awards and how a tribunal might go about adjudicating on these matters. Two Panel-led discussion sessions allowing all delegates attending the conference to raise questions and points for discussion arising from earlier panels.

CRCICA Director led the discussions on the recognition and enforcement of awards in a panel-led discussion session moderated by Mr. Hugo Siblesz, Secretary General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and involving Prof. Philippe Leboulanger, Leboulanger et Associes, Paris and Vice Chairman of CRCICA Advisory Committee, as another discussion leader.

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 Cooperation Agreements and Visits:
2 April 2014
 CRCICA and CAM-CCBC (BRAZIL) sign a cooperation agreement, Cairo, 20 November 2014

On 20 November 2014 CRCICA and The Arbitration and Mediation Centre of The Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada (CAM-CCBC) entered into a cooperation agreement in order inter alia to foster their respective roles in the development of arbitration, mediation and other ADR, to exchange relevant information and publications, to recommend to each other suitable individuals to serve as arbitrator or mediator and, wherever possible, to provide technical assistance regarding conference room facilities, hotels, and translation, teleconference and transcription services. It is worth mentioning that both institutions were established in 1979 and are therefore celebrating 35 years of existence in 2014.

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 Publications
2 April 2014
 English Volume IV of CRCICA Arbitral Awards

Kluwer Law International has recently published the fourth English volume of CRCICA Arbitral Awards which is authored by Dr. Mohi-Eldin Ismail Alam-Eldin, the Senior Legal Adviser of the Centre. Volume IV includes seven complex construction cases. Each award is squeezed into around 100 pages originally out of 300/500 pages. The publication is expected to be on market by the end of 2014.

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 Journal of Arab Arbitration: 23rd Volume - Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

CRCICA is issuing the 23rd Volume as well as the 3rd edition of Volume 1 of the Journal of Arab Arbitration which is a CRCICA-sponsored Publication of the Arab Union of International Arbitration (AUIA). The Journal is issued semi-annually and is used to include updated articles, judicial awards and arbitral precedents. Volume 23 is dedicated to publishing the papers presented in Sharm El Sheikh V conference held from 16-17 November 2014.

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Future Events

2015 Calendar of Events will feature many events including:

• Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice (CCATP) 2015 Round:

First Module: The ARBITRATION AGREEMENT

The course is a balanced combination of lectures and tutorials. It provides candidates with sufficient knowledge of the theory and practice in all the requirements for the writing and understanding of the arbitration agreement.

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.

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.

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.

Arbitration in the Euro-Mediterranean Conference, to be organized jointly with the UNCITRAL and the OECD

Exact dates and detailed calendar will be shortly announced.

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