This is an online event is the first joint CIArb’s Egypt branch and CIArb's London Branch, in cooperation with the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) (the seat of the Egypt branch). The event will take place on 26 May 2021 at 7.00pm Cairo time, please check your local time zone.
Procedural paranoia describes a perceived reluctance by Tribunals to act decisively in certain situations for fear of their award being later challenged. Tribunals have certainly been even more tested than before during the pandemic, with some counsel and parties displaying endless imagination (or a twisted mind?) to deploy new guerrilla tactics and set new procedural traps. Some say that those new tactics are here to stay. On the other hand, a number of leading arbitrators, arbitral institutions, and practitioners have been praised for their reactiveness and their ability to come up with pragmatic and/or innovative solutions. Where does this leave us? And perhaps even more importantly, what lies ahead? Is the vaccine in sight? Or shall we rather expect this disease to spread further in the coming months and years? Experienced counsel and arbitrators, and the representative of a leading arbitral institution, will share their views, forecasts – and war stories – during what promises to be a lively debate.
Moderator Dr Ismail Selim MCIArb Mr Jean-François Le Gal
Cost(s): Attendance to this event is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
Director of The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) - (2017 to date). Dr Selim is Secretary Treasurer of the IFCAI, a board member of the AfAA, Vice Chairman of the Egypt Branch of the CIArb and an Expert Member of the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme People's Court of China. In addition to the above, he is an Accredited Mediator of the London School of Mediation (LSM) as of May 2019 and has recently been elected as a member of the UNESCO Conciliation and Good Offices Commission as of Jan 2020. In 2009, Dr Selim earned his PhD from Université de Bourgogne. He began his legal career as a prosecutor and judge (1998-2009) before joining private practice as partner in reputable law firms (2009 -2016). Dr Selim teaches Private International Law at IDAI (Paris I University), since 2011 and teaches Comparative International Arbitration Law for the Middle East Laws LLM at Paris I since early 2018. He is also a tutor on the CIArb Approved Faculty List. Dr Selim is consistently appointed as Arbitrator, has acted as Counsel in various ad hoc and institutional cases under various rules, and has served as expert on Egyptian and Libyan laws in international proceedings. In his capacity as Director of the CRCICA, Dr Selim has administered more than 300 Arbitration cases under the CRCICA rules.
Mr Jean-François Le Gal FCIArb Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP. His practice focuses on international arbitration and multi-jurisdictional proceedings - frequently with a link to Africa & the Middle East. He acts as counsel/advocate in English and/or French in international arbitration proceedings. He also sits as an arbitrator and has acted as Chairman of an Arbitral Tribunal, Sole Arbitrator and Co-Arbitrator. He also has experience in handling cases before the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC Courts) and has appeared before the Dubai World Tribunal. He is qualified as a Barrister (England & Wales) and as an Avocat au Barreau de Paris and has been "recommended for his 'intellectual rigor' and his 'ability, rather rare on the market, to be equally comfortable handling civil law or common law cases'" in legal directories. He has also been referred to as “a standout practitioner” with a "stellar reputation” and praised for “inspiring client confidence and mastering every aspect of his cases”. He lectures in Arbitration at the Paris Bar School and in Comparative Contract Law at Paris-Dauphine International University (London campus). He is regularly invited to speak at arbitration and dispute resolution seminars/webinars.
Dr Rémy Gerbay ACIArb International arbitration lawyer practicing at U.S. boutique litigation firm MoloLamken LLP. Trained in the U.K., U.S., France, and Switzerland, he represents clients across various sectors, including energy, infrastructure, transportation, pharma, banking, and telecommunications. Dr Gerbay holds a (permanent) academic appointment at Queen Mary University of London, where he is the co-director of an LL.M. in arbitration. He is a former Deputy Registrar of the LCIA and Registrar of DIFC-LCIA, and current co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s dispute resolution interest group. Dr Gerbay has been appointed arbitrator in over 20 international arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, Swiss Chambers, DIAC etc.
Dr Sally El Sawah Founding Partner & Principal of El Sawah Law|Paris. French and Egyptian qualified and Registered Foreign Lawyer in England & Wales, Sally has been practising arbitration for over fourteen years, both in reputable law firms and as an independent practitioner. Fluent in Arabic, English and French and working between Egypt, Paris and London, she has deep knowledge of the Civil Law and Common Law systems, as well as the business, social and cultural environments of Francophone, Anglophone and Northern-Africa, the Middle East and Europe. As Counsel, Sally has advised and represented States, multinationals and high-net-worth individuals in over 60 projects, litigations and arbitrations. She regularly appears before arbitral tribunals, French and Egyptian Courts, arguing ground-breaking cases which resulted in landmark arbitral and court decisions in the field of arbitration and state immunities. As Presiding arbitrator, Co-arbitrator and administrative secretary, Sally has been involved in over 30 arbitral proceedings, both ad hoc and under the auspices of reputable arbitration centres, such as the ICC, ICSID, CRCICA, LCIA-DIFC, DIAC, CCJA, etc. Sally was the winner of AfAA’s “Best Young African Arbitration Practitioner Award” for the Year 2020 and is AfAA’s Deputy Secretary General since February 2021.