In this edition
 
CRCICA's recent caseload
 
CRCICA and SCC sign a cooperation agreement
 
Events Update
 
THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL COURSE : Second Module in CRCICA's Annual Arbitration Training Program, 9-11 September 2012, Cairo - Egypt
 
Mediation Marketing Workshop, 19-20 September 2012, Cairo - Egypt
 
Euro - Arab Investor-Sate Dispute Resolution: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives, 10-11 October 2012, Cairo - Egypt
 
IFC ADR Regional Private Centers Workshop, 23-24 October 2012, Cairo-Egypt
 
The ARBITRAL PROCEDURES COURSE : Third Module in CRCICA's Annual Arbitration Training Program, 4-6 November 2012, Cairo - Egypt
 
International Contributions
 
Regionalism in International Arbitration , 19 June 2012,
London - UK
 
A BEBA Breakfast Briefing , 18 July 2012,Cairo - Egypt
 

Dispute Resolution in North Africa, the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, 5 October 2012, Tunis - Tunisia

 
International Arbitration Congress, 18-20 October, 2012, Barcelona - Spain
 
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SHARM EL SHEIKH IV:
The Role of State Courts in International Commercial Arbitration, 28 - 29 November 2012, Sharm El Sheikh -Egypt
 
16 - 19 December 2012,
The ARBITRAL AWARD: Fourth Module in CRCICA's Annual Arbitration Training Program, Cairo - Egypt
 

CRCICA's recent caseload
The total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 31 October 2012 reached 859 cases. In the third quarter of 2012, 25 new arbitration cases were filed, scoring as such 22% annual increase compared to the cases filed until the end of the third quarter of 2011 (55 cases). It is anticipated that before the end of 2012, the record thus far held of the number of cases registered under the auspices of the Centre in a single year (67 cases) shall be broken.
In the third quarter of 2012, CRCICA's caseload involved disputes relating mainly to construction, real estate, investment agreements, media and entertainment, services, distributorship agreements, power supply, escrow agencies, gold mining concession, information technology, lease agreements, settlement agreements, joint venture agreements, international sale of goods and petroleum services. It is worth noting that the third quarter of 2012 witnessed the filing of an international dispute relating to a gold mining concession in Egypt.
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CRCICA and SCC sign a cooperation agreement
On 10 October 2012 in Cairo, CRCICA entered into a cooperation agreement with the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). Signed on the occasion of the conference on Euro-Arab Investor-Sate Dispute Resolution: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives , the Agreement includes cooperation in promoting the use of arbitration, organizing seminars, conferences and educational activities, in the appointment of arbitrators, mediators, experts and other neutrals as well as in providing local administrative facilities and support services.

Events Update
THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL COURSE : Second Module in CRCICA's Annual Arbitration Training Program, 9-11 September 2012, Cairo - Egypt
The 2012 round of CRCICA Annual Arbitration Training Program started in May 2012 by the Arbitration Agreement Module. On 9-11 September, the second module on THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL took place. The course was a balanced combination of lectures and tutorials. Unlike the traditional format of arbitral tribunal programs, which mainly focuses on the composition of tribunals, the CRCICA agenda tackled all aspects related to the tribunal including the appointment of arbitrators, the scope and nature of their mission as well as challenge, removal, resignation and replacement of arbitrators. Considerable attention was also given to the rights, obligations and liabilities of arbitrators. Attendees were a mixture of lawyers, engineers and governmental officials from Egypt, Syria, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia.read more

Mediation Marketing Workshop, 19-20 September 2012, Cairo-Egypt
Under the sponsorship of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mr Andy Rogers, Associate Director, Communications and Campaigns; the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) offered a two-day Marketing Workshop for CRCICA accredited mediators and personnel.
Under the SELLING MEDIATION theme, the agenda of the first day was meant to identify external stakeholders for the Centre and to develop key messages appropriate for different sectors and also to give an overview of the communication options for stakeholders and the different ways of communicating these messages. Through interactive role-play, participants were able to practice effectively delivering messages to target sectors.
CRCICA - Marketing Workshop was the substantive focal of the second day where CRCICA staff were made to identify what kind of marketing tools exist in selling mediation services. At the end of the day a CRCICA-tailored draft mediation marketing plan was introduced.

Euro-Arab Investor-Sate Dispute Resolution: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives 10-11 October 2012, Cairo - Egypt
In a successful institutional cooperation, the Cairo Regional for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) held a conference on: "the Euro-Arab Investor State Dispute Settlement: Recent Developments and Future Perspectives", on 10-11 October, 2012, Cairo-Egypt. Hosted by the League of Arab States, the conference provided a thorough analysis of the ISDS in a culturally balanced context from Arab and European perspectives. The agenda shed light on the regulatory framework governing European-Arab investment flows, the latest investment policy developments and the various ISDS mechanisms available to settle Euro-Arab investor-State disputes.read more

IFC ADR Regional Private Centers Workshop, 23-24 October 2012, Cairo-Egypt
Within the framework of the IFC regional mediation project, CRCICA hosted the "ADR Regional Private Centers Workshop", which was offered by CEDR on 23-24 October 2012 and sponsored by the IFC. The main objective of the workshop was to enhance strategic relationship among IFC's regional partners and to establish common mediation grounds for institutions concerned. Among other possible regional uniformities, developing a regional standard of quality for mediator panel was discussed thoroughly.
Participating organizations in addition to CRCICA were the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Pakistan, Euro Mediterranean Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CEMA), Morocco, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Beirut (CCIA-BML), Beirut/Lebanon and the Investors' Dispute Settlement Center of GAFI, Egypt. In this context, the event witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between CRCICA and CCIA-BML, which aims at developing a partnership in mediation and arbitration. The participating organizations also agreed to create a regional mediation forum in the MENA.

The ARBITRAL PROCEDURES COURSE : Third Module in CRCICA's Annual Arbitration Training Program 4-6 November 2012, Cairo - Egypt
The Third Module of the Annual Arbitration Training Program "The Arbitral Procedures Course", took place on 4 - 6 November 2012. The agenda tackled, inter alia, the rules applicable to the procedures, evidences and the examination of witnesses, interim measures…etc. Attendees were a mixture of lawyers, engineers and governmental officials from Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Ethiopia.

International Contributions
Regionalism in International Arbitration , 19 June 2012, London - UK
After almost a year of entry into force, the salient features and practice of the new CRCICA Arbitration Rules of 2011 were presented to the international Conference on "Regionalism in International Arbitration", which was organized by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) on 19 June 2012, London to deal with the phenomenon of regionalisation of arbitration : its advantages and shortcomings. As one of the main topics was "the recent developments in regional arbitration centres", CRCICA participated in a panel discussion that approached four regional arbitration venues, being Hong Kong, Singapore, Cairo and Japan. CRCICA's presentation was titled "The UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as institutional rules: the Experience of CRCICA". It tackled the salient features of the new CRCICA Arbitration Rules, which are based upon the new UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as revised in 2010, as well as the advantages of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules in the context of institutional arbitration.

A BEBA Breakfast Briefing , 18 July 2012, Cairo-Egypt
CRCICA's Director was the Keynote speaker on the Egyptian British Business Council (BEBA) Breakfast Briefing held on Wednesday July 18th 2012, Cairo. CRCICA's speech, entitled "The role of arbitration in difficult times: the Experience of CRCICA", focused on the analysis of CRCICA's recent caseload and its role in responding to the needs of both the users and the practitioners.

Dispute Resolution in North Africa, the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration, 5 October 2012, Tunis - Tunisia
In a pioneering regional initiative to allow North African practitioners to have a comprehensive overview of the 2012 ICC Rules, the ICC International Court of Arbitration and BrownRudnick law firm organized an international conference on "Dispute Resolution in North Africa: the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration" on 5 October 2012 – Tunis, Tunisia. CRCICA was invited to provide two presentations entitled "Overview of arbitration across the region: Some statistics" and "The increasing impact of anti-bribery and corruption legislation: The role of international arbitrators". The first presentation focused on the role of CRCICA as a regional arbitration and ADR Centre and its contribution to the development of such mechanisms in this part of the world. The second presentation reviewed how international arbitrators are at present tackling corruption issues arising within the context of commercial and investments disputes.

International Arbitration Congress, 18-20 October, 2012, Barcelona - Spain 
The Barcelona Bar Association organized an International Arbitration Congress during 18-20 October 2012, Barcelona, Spain. In addition to Spanish and other European lawyers, professors and arbitrators, the Congress attracted experts from Latin America and was a great opportunity for all participants to share their respective experiences and to learn more about the development of arbitration in Spain. The Congress addressed the latest issues and changes to international arbitration regulations and solutions proposed by courts and arbitration institutions. CRCICA participated in the panel on "New Trends and Innovations in International Arbitration Regulations (A Comparison)" and discussed in this context the role of regional arbitral institutions as service providers and promoters of best practices in the filed of Arbitration and ADR.

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SHARM EL SHEIKH IV:
The Role of State Courts in International Commercial Arbitration, 28 - 29 November 2012, Sharm El Sheikh - Egypt
Sharm El Sheikh IV is the fourth 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). Until the release of this newsletter, registered participants come from Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen, Qatar, U.A.E., Syria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, France, U.S.A and Canada.

16 - 19 December 2012
The ARBITRAL AWARD: Fourth Module in CRCICA's Annual Arbitration Training Program, Cairo - Egypt
The fourth module of CRCICA Annual Arbitration Training Program 2012 is scheduled for 16-19 December 2012. In this module, "the Arbitral Award" will be handled in depth as based on most recent court judgments in different jurisdictions. Reference documents include an unprecedented collection of court decisions, analytic articles, expert commentaries and a model arbitral award. Participants will have the chance to draft an arbitral award based on the facts of a mock case.

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