CRCICA relies on a robust organisational framework and governance, with an international Board of Trustees at the head of the structure; an Advisory Committee; as well as its Director and a distinguished CRCICA team which runs its day to day activities.

Board of Trustees (BoT)

CRCICA has a Board of Trustees (BoT) consisting of ten (10) members at least and thirty (30) members at the most appointed in consultation with AALCO from amongst eminent African and Asian personalities specialized in the fields of international arbitration, law, business, trade, investment and international relations.

The BoT may include up to 20% of its members from outside the Afro-Asian Region from amongst figures specialized in the aforementioned fields. CRCICA’s current Board of Trustees is composed of 23 members chaired by Dr. Nabil Elaraby and includes two vice-chairmen from Egypt and Saudi Arabia and 20 other eminent members from Bahrain, Cameroon, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Spain.

The term of the BoT is four years, which may be renewed once for a similar term, unless otherwise determined due to special circumstances. The BoT carries out the functions provided for in the By-laws of the Board of Trustees. This includes meeting once a year to oversee CRCICA’s caseload and in particular the following functions:

  1. Appointing the Director of the Centre in consultation with AALCO for a four-year term, which may be renewed once for a similar term, unless otherwise determined due to special circumstances;
  2.  Setting down the general policy for achieving the objectives of the Centre; and
  3. Ratifying the Auditor’s report for each fiscal year.

Advisory Committee (AC)

CRCICA’s Advisory Committee (AC) currently consists of 15 members including a Chairman, 2 Vice Chairmen, and 12 members appointed by the Director of CRCICA from amongst the members of the Board of Trustees as well as eminent African, Asian and other personalities specialized in the fields of international arbitration and trade. The term of the AC is four years, which may be renewed once for a similar term, unless otherwise determined due to special circumstances.

At present, the AC is composed of 15 eminent members including arbitration specialists from Chile, China, Egypt, France, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The AC’s responsibilities relate more directly to the arbitral proceedings administered by the Centre, as it is tasked to the following, among others:

  • Deciding on the challenge and removal of arbitrators through ad hoc tripartite committees formed to decide on arbitrators’ challenges and removal are formed from among members of the AC (in accordance with Articles 12 & 13 of the CRCICA Arbitration Rules);
  • Approving requests not to proceed provided for in Article 6 of the CRCICA Arbitration Rules;
  • Approving the Centre’s decisions to reject  arbitrators’ appointments (in accordance with Article 8(5) of the CRCICA Arbitration Rules);
  • Approving the Centre determination of the arbitrators’ fees at a figure higher or lower than that which would result from the application of Table (2) or the scales set out in Table (3) annexed to the Rules (in accordance with Article 45(12) of the CRCICA Arbitration Rules); and
  • Approving the Centre’s decision to deprive a party of its right to appoint a substitute arbitrator. (in accordance with Article 14(2) of the CRCICA Arbitration Rules).

CRCICA Internal Structure

Headed by the Director and the Deputy Director, assisted by Legal Advisers and Counsel, the CRCICA Team operates through the following departments:

  • Dispute Management Department;
  • Conferences, Training and External Relations Department;
  • Financial Department;
  • Human Resources and Administrative Department; and
  • Communications and Information Technology Department.