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In This Edition
CRCICA’s recent caseload:
New Annual Record for the second time in four years
AALCO Secretary-General Visit to CRCICA
Annual CRCICA BOT Meeting,
19 November 2016
CRCICA appoints new Director
The Distinguished Lawyers Program: A CRCICA-ABA ROLI Collaboration
IFC/CRCICA Cooperation Agreement (2009-2016):
Perspective and Achievements
CRCICA Launches its New Website
 
Events Update
LCIA Arab Users' Council Symposium on Gas Pricing Related Disputes, Cairo, 10 October 2016
Expert Witness in International Commercial Arbitration, 24 October 2016
Sharm El Sheikh VI: The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration 19-20 November 2016, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge event, 19 November 2016
The Distinguished Lawyers Program: “Your Guide to Mastering Client Relationships ... the Customers’ Perspective”
30 November 2016
CRCICA Hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:
Mediation as an Amicable Dispute Resolution Technique, 12 October, 2016
Challenging the Court of Appeal Decisions related to the Setting Aside of Arbitral Awards: Is it Possible?
21 December 2016
 
International and Regional Contributions
The inauguration of the Nairobi Arbitration Centre
 
Cooperation Agreements
Renewal of the Cooperation Agreement between CRCICA and the International Centre for Settlement of International Disputes (ICSID)
 
Publications
CRCICA Publishes Arbitral Awards (Volume VII)
Call for Papers: Journal of Arab Arbitration: 28th Volume
 
Future Events
 
 
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CRCICA Recent Caseload:
New Annual Record
 CRCICA’s recent caseload: New Annual Record for the second time in four years

The total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 31 December 2016 reached 1161 cases. In 2016, 91 new arbitration cases were filed, scoring as such 75% annual increase compared to the 54 cases initiated in 2015. 2016 witnessed a new record for the number of cases registered under the auspices of CRCICA in a single year (91 cases). The previous record, reached in 2012 (78 cases), has therefore been broken.

16 out of the 91 new cases were filed in the first quarter of 2016, while 23 cases were filed in the second quarter of 2016. The third quarter of 2016 witnessed the filing of 30 new arbitration cases, while 22 new cases were filed in the last quarter of 2016.

The 22 new cases filed in the fourth quarter of 2016 involved disputes relating to construction, media and entertainment, hotel management, services, settlement agreements, telecommunications, agency agreements, distribution agreements, franchise agreement, license agreement and merger and acquisitions.

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ABA and CRCICA cooperate to boost Continuing Legal Education for young lawyers in Egypt
 AALCO Secretary-General Visit to CRCICA

On 14 November 2016, H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, the Secretary-General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), CRCICA parent-institution, paid a visit to the Centre and held a meeting with Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf, the Director along with H.E. Dr. Nabil Elaraby, the Chairman of CRCICA’s Board of Trustess during his official visit to Cairo, Egypt. H.E. Prof. Dr. Gastorn appreciated CRCICA latest renovation of its hearing and conference facilities and was consulted on the appointment of the new Director of the CRCICA.

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Annual CRCICA BOT Meeting,
19 November 2016
 Annual CRCICA BOT Meeting, 19 November 2016

On November 19, 2016, CRCICA Board of Trustees (BOT) held its annual meeting in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The meeting was presided by his Excellency Dr. Nabil Elaraby and attended by: Judge Mohamed Amin EL MAHDY (Vice-Chairman - Egypt), Prof. Dr. Hamza HADDAD (Vice-Chairman – Jordan), Prince Dr. Bandar Ben Salman AL SAUD (Saudi Arabia), Dr. Ziad A. AL-SUDAIRY (Saudi Arabia), Prof. Bernardo M. CREMADES (Spain), Prof. Dr. Ahmed S. EL KOSHERI (Egypt), Mr. Philippe LEBOULANGER (France), Prof. Dr. Fouad A. RIAD (Egypt) and Prof. Dr. Hani SARIE-ELDIN (Egypt).

The BOT unanimously re-elected Dr. Elaraby as its Chairman and both Judge Amin El Mahdy (Egypt) and Prof. Hamzah Haddad (Jordan) as the two Vice-Chairmen for a new four-year term until April 30th, 2020, in accordance with Article 2 of the By-laws of the BOT.

During the meeting, CRCICA Director presented CRCICA's activities and caseload in 2015-2016 as well as its financial statement of operations for the year ending on 31 December 2015 as audited by the external auditor. The salient features of CRCICA new website were also presented.

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CRCICA appoints new Director
 CRCICA appoints new Director

Pursuant to Article (4/a) of the By-laws of the Board of Trustees of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), and after consultation with the Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), the Board of Trustees of CRCICA, during its annual meeting held in Sharm El Sheikh on 19/11/2016 and attended by the absolute majority of its members, unanimously appointed Dr. Ismail SELIM, member of the CRCICA’s Advisory Committee, as Director of the Centre to succeed Dr. Mohamed ABDEL RAOUF for a four-year term starting January 1st, 2017 and expiring on December 31st, 2020.

It is worth noting that Dr. Mohamed ABDEL RAOUF was the Director of the Centre since 2012 after being its Acting Director in 2011 and Deputy Director from 2008 to 2011. Upon the expiry of his term, Dr. ABDEL RAOUF is returning to his private practice to act as counsel and arbitrator in addition to being an Associate Professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Dr. Ismail Selim was a Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Nour & Selim in association with Al Tamimi and Co as well as a member of the of CRCICA Advisory Committee. Dr. Selim started his career in the judiciary as a Public Prosecutor in the Office of the Prosecutor General of Egypt, then a civil Judge. In parallel to his former judicial career, Dr. Selim acted as a Legal Advisor at CRCICA from 2003 until 2007.

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CRCICA Launches its New Website
 CRCICA Launches its New Website

CRCICA announced the launch of its newly revamped website. This redesigned site offers quick and easy access to essential information and features while offering a more comprehensive understanding of the Centre's value proposition and overall client benefits. The website also offers updated information on arbitration, mediation, news, events and press releases, training courses, conferences, and membership.

The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on the Centre's mission to provide cost effective international commercial arbitration in Asia and Africa services. The new website goes live and is located at the same address: www.crcica.org.

"We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for customers, investors, partners and media to better understand our services. We believe that this new website will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence."

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ABA and CRCICA cooperate to boost Continuing Legal Education for young lawyers in Egypt
 The Distinguished Lawyers Program: A CRCICA-ABA ROLI Collaboration
Presented by: ABA ROLI and CRCICA

CRCICA and ABA ROLI (American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative) started a partnership in 2009 to provide continuing legal education for the Egyptian Legal Community with the support of the USAID. The Program was a great achievement and succeeded to provide basic legal skills for a wide range of junior lawyers and fresh graduates. In September 2016, the funded program closed after being identified as one of the most successful CLE programs in Egypt.

Proudly, as of this date, CRCICA was chosen to administer and develop the program in close collaboration with ABA ROLI. The program in its new phase is being supported by the elites of the Egyptian Legal Community represented in its’ Advisory Board. The newly structured program was launched in November 2016 by a training entitled Your Guide to Mastering Client Relationships ... the Customers’ Perspective. In 2017 and beyond, this program will provide different trainings to help lawyers improve their legal skills and acquire new ones.

The thematic scope of future trainings is all-encompassing to improve Egyptian lawyers’ legal skills in various fields of practice. All stakeholders are welcomed to fill in a needs assessment survey to help CRCICA and ABA ROLI assess market needs and plan a fully responsive program.

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IFC/CRCICA Cooperation Agreement (2009-2016): 
Perspective and Achievements
  IFC/CRCICA Cooperation Agreement (2009-2016):
Perspective and Achievements

December 2016 marked the closure of Egypt’s only international mediation development project. Launched in 2009, the project was a venture of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an affiliate of the World Bank, to promote Egypt’s capacity as a regional centre of excellence for mediation training and to operationalize the practice of mediation as an effective alternative method of resolving disputes in Egypt.

Within this context, the IFC entered into a cooperation agreement with CRCICA as early as the launch of the project to achieve its’ planned goals and to support CRCICA in positioning itself as one of Egypt’s and the Region’s leading commercial mediation services providers.

In general, the project was a multi-activity initiative that targeted building mediation institutional capacity in Egypt, providing training and curriculum development, developing mediation skills manuals and raising national mediation awareness.

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 Events Update
LCIA Arab Users' Council Symposium on Gas Pricing Related Disputes, Cairo,
10 October 2016
 LCIA Arab Users' Council Symposium on Gas Pricing Related Disputes, Cairo,
10 October 2016

Supported by the CRCICA, the LCIA Arab Users' Council held a Symposium on “Gas Pricing Related Disputes” in Cairo on 10 October 2016. The event started by an informative discussion looking at recent developments in the sector’s contracts and disputes while a second session explored wide-ranging implications for evaluation, pricing and damages. A final debate considered the sector’s many emerging issues. A write up of this symposium entitled Arbitration preferred method of dispute settlement – Conclusions from LCIA’s debate at Oil and Gas Sector Symposium in Cairo” is available on the LCIA website.

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Expert Witness in International Commercial Arbitration, Monday,
24 October 2016
 Expert Witness in International Commercial Arbitration,
24 October 2016

The Cairo Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the CRCICA co-organized the First Course on “Expert Witness in International Commercial Arbitration” on 24 October 2016, Cairo, Egypt.

The Course was jointly delivered by Mrs. Aisha Nadar, Member of FIDIC Executive Committee (EC) and Senior Consultant, Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution, Advokatfirman Runeland AB Stockholm, Sweden and Mr. Per Runeland, Senior Counsel, Advokat Setterwalls, Stokcholm, Sweden. It presented a combination of lecture, Q & A and interactive exercises. The masterpiece of the course was a mock cross-examination in which one tutor cross-examined the other in a highly demonstrative manner to present the several different approaches to cross examination, including head-on and collateral attack.

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Sharm El Sheikh VI: The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration 
19-20 November 2016, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
 Sharm El Sheikh VI: The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration
19-20 November 2016, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) held the World’s Sole Biennial International Conference on “The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration- SHARM EL SHEIKH VI” on 19-20 November 2016 at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

SHARM ELSHEIKH 2016 was the sixth of highly successful international series of conferences being held biennially since 2005 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 Conference grows to be branded as the only worldwide forum on the varied connection between the judiciary and arbitration. It has been known to have established a permanent venue for practitioners from all over the world for the exchange of expert views on the diverse relationship between state courts and arbitration in a cross-cultural context. As it starts its second decade, according to Mr. Renaud SORIEUL, Secretary, UNCITRAL, “the Sharm-El-Sheikh biennial Conference has become quite a landmark in the field of arbitration”.

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The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge event, 
19 November 2016
 The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge event,
19 November 2016

On 19 November, CRCICA and the Stockholm Institute of Arbitration (SCC) organized the Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge Breakfast, which discussed views and actions to address the gender imbalance in arbitrator appointments. Moderated by Ms. Annette Magnusson, SCC Secretary General, the Event was attended by female practitioners from Egypt, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland – Iraq, United Kingdom – Nigeria, United States of America, Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf, the CRCICA Director and Prof. Nassib G. Ziadé, Chief Executive Officer Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR).

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Your Guide to Mastering Client Relationships ... the Customers’ Perspective, 
30 November 2016
 The Distinguished Lawyers Program: “Your Guide to Mastering Client Relationships ... the Customers’ Perspective
30 November 2016

The CRCICA and the ABA ROLI jointly organized a career development training entitled “Your Guide to Mastering Client Relationships ... the Customers’ Perspective”. Delivered by Mr. Ayman Essam, Director of Legal & External Affairs, Vodafone Egypt, the training marked the first event in a sustainable CRCICA/ABA ROLI Continuing Legal Education Scheme.

This training was designed to help lawyers of law firms to know their clients, embrace their needs, fulfill their expectations and thus ensure client loyalty and improve billing and collections process.

The instructor used interactive methods of presentation and thought-provoking quizzes. After the presentation, there was a Q & A session followed by a legal memo “reconstruction” exercise.

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 CRCICA Hosts CIArb Cairo Wednesday One Seminars:
Mediation as an Amicable Dispute Resolution Technique, 
12 October, 2016
 Mediation as an Amicable Dispute Resolution Technique,
12 October, 2016

On 12 October 2016, Dr. Khaled El Shalakany, Senior Managing Partner of El Shalakany Law Firm, delivered a lecture on “Mediation as an Amicable Dispute Resolution Technique”. The speech shed light on the advantages of using mediation to settle disputes and the role of the Egyptian ADR Association to promote the culture of mediation in Egypt. Attendees, drawn from various professional backgrounds, triggered lively discussions to explore more about the use of mediation in given sectors.

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The possibility to Challenge Decisions rendered by the Court of Appeal related to the Setting Aside of Arbitral Awards before the Court of Cassation, 
21 December 2016
 Challenging the Court of Appeal Decisions related to the Setting Aside of Arbitral Awards: Is it Possible?
21 December 2016

On 21 December 2016, Coun. Mahmoud Fahmy delivered a lecture entitled “Challenging the Court of Appeal Decisions related to the Setting Aside of Arbitral Awards: Is it Possible?”. In a methodological approach, Coun. Fahmy explored all three juristic opinions rendered in answering this important question. He ended up endorsing the stance of banning the challenge of the Court of Appeal Decisions related to the setting-aside of arbitral awards. To end up the juristic controversy in this concern, the lecturer suggested a legislative revision of article 54 of the Egyptian Arbitration Law no 27/1994.

Coun. Fahmy is Former Vice-President of the Council of State; Former Chairman of the Capital Market & Investment Authorities; Attorney at Law & Legal Advisor.

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 International and Regional Contributions
The inauguration of the Nairobi Arbitration Centre
 The inauguration of the Nairobi Arbitration Centre,
4-6 December 2016
From 4 to 6 of December 2016, Dr. Ismail Selim, the then Director-Elect of the CRCICA attended the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) Inaugural Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

In the talks, leading arbitration practitioners from inside Africa and the outside, such as the U.K., New Zealand, Malaysia, etc., discussed current issues in the arbitration field. Examples are ‘Investing in Africa: Ease of Doing Business Initiatives & Enforcement of Contracts’, ‘Dispute Resolution in Africa’ and ‘Role of External and In-House Counsel in International Arbitration’. The Conference was also attended by H.E. Prof. Dr. Kennedy Gastorn, the Secretary-General of AALCO.

Dr. Selim participated in the debates, and invited the participants to attend the Conference on “The Role of African States & Governments in the Development of Arbitration in Africa”.” to be organized by the SOAS University of London and CRCICA on 3-5 April 2017 in Cairo - Egypt.

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 Cooperation Agreements
Renewal of the Cooperation Agreement between CRCICA and the International Centre for Settlement of International Disputes (ICSID)
 Renewal of the Cooperation Agreement between CRCICA and the International Centre for Settlement of International Disputes (ICSID)

In December 2016, the CRCICA and the International Centre for Settlement of International Disputes (ICSID) signed a cooperation agreement in renewal of the old one signed in 1980. The agreement focuses on hosting all or any part of a proceeding of one party at the seat of the other and the dissimilation of arbitration-related knowledge. In addition to this, the Parties agree to co-operate in disseminating knowledge about arbitration, conciliation, and other alternative methods of dispute resolution, and to exchange information and publications in these fields.

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 Publications
The 7th Volume of CRCICA Arbitral Awards
 CRCICA Publishes Arbitral Awards (Volume VII)

The CRCICA published the Seventh Volume of its ARBITRAL AWARDS prepared in Arabic by Dr. Mohi-Eldin Alam Eldin, CRCICA's Senior Legal Advisor. The Volume includes 11 awards on different types of cases. By the issuance of volume seven of CRCICA Arbitral Awards, the number of published awards reached 124 awards. To access the table of contents, please click here.

Quite aware of the relative shortage of Arabic literature on arbitral awards, CRCICA will keep up with publishing its own awards in Arabic and English on regular basis, without, of course, disclosing the identities or nationalities of the concerned parties.

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Call for Papers: Journal of Arab Arbitration: 28th Volume
 Call for Papers: Journal of Arab Arbitration: 28th Volume

CRCICA seeks submissions, in Arabic or English, for volume 28 of the Journal of Arab Arbitration published on behalf of the Arab Union of International Arbitration.

Submitted articles: (1) should not exceed 10,000 words, (2) should be based on original research and careful analysis, (3) must include proper referencing to primary or secondary sources, (4) should include a 150-word abstract and (5) should not have been published elsewhere in any language or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

If you are interested, please submit your articles for consideration to info@crcica.org, no later than 15 April 2017.

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 Future Events
2017 Calendar of Events will feature many events including:

2017 Calendar of Events will feature many events including:


April
2
 A Paradigm Shift in International Investment Law Conference, to be organized by the Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA) and the University of Geneva

The CRCICA is pleased to host and sponsor the AILA first conference in Egypt to be held under the title “A Paradigm Shift in International Investment Law” jointly with the University of Geneva on 2 April 2017. The main working sessions of the Conference will focus on Egypt’s Experience of Investor-state arbitrations; Rethinking Investment Treaties; Investment Protection: Shifting the Balance and Investment Treaties: Changing Focus. More details are available through the following link:

http://aila.org.uk/resources/Pictures/Egypt%20program.pdf.

   
April
3
 ICCA Second Consultative Workshop on African Arbitral Practice

The ICCA Working Group on African Arbitral Practice was established at the ICCA Mauritius Congress in May 2016, with the goal of promoting the use and development of international arbitration in Africa. ICCA's Working Group co-hosted a First Consultative Workshop on Consultation among African Arbitral Initiatives with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Mauritius on 11 May 2016. Participants in the Consultative Workshops included African arbitration practitioners, representatives of Africa-based arbitral institutes, academics and judges. The CRCICA will host the second Consultative Workshop on 3 April 2017.

   
April
3-5
 International Conference on: The Role of African States & Governments in the Development of Arbitration in Africa
(Third SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference)

This is the third conference in the series of four identified themes in SOAS Research Project on transforming and enhancing the use of arbitration as the dispute resolution of choice within the African continent. The four-year Research Project is titled ‘Creating a Sustainable Culture of Arbitration as a mechanism for Commercial Dispute Resolution in Africa’. The Program and registration form are accessible through this link. http://www.researcharbitrationafrica.com/

   
April
22-27
  The Sixth Annual Training Program on "Comparative Commercial Arbitration, Theory and Practice" (CCATP), leading to the Membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

 

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