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Distinguished International Arbitrator, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, to return to direct CIArb Diploma in Oxford this year

26 Feb 2020

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is delighted to announce that Professor Dr Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab MCIArb will be returning to direct this year’s nine-day residential Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from 5 to 13 September 2020 at Christ Church, Oxford University.

Professor Dr Abdel Wahab is recognised as a world-leader in dispute resolution and is an arbitrator and arbitration practitioner with considerable expertise and experience in international investment and international commercial arbitration, Islamic Sharīʿah, construction, oil & gas, telecommunications, finance and online dispute resolution. He is Chair of the Private International Law Department and Professor of International Arbitration at Cairo University and the Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Oil & Gas at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm. He is Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Member of the ICCA Governing Board, and holds a number of other prominent positions, including with the International Bar Association, Le Centre International de Médiation et d'Arbitrage de Casablanca (CIMAC), the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). He features in ‘Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration’, ‘Who’s Who Legal: Construction’, the 'GAR Global Guide for Future Leaders in International Arbitration (2017 - 2018)' and ‘Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: International Arbitration (2017 - 2020)', amongst others, and has received the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize, the 2019 AYA Hall of Fame Award and the 2020 Client’s Choice International Award.


The Legal 500 (2019) states: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is ‘an arbitration expert with a global reputation’, who is ‘one of the best in the world’.

Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is “a leader in the space” who is “at the top of the market” and “a very well-prepared, exceptional arbitrator”.

Who’s Who Legal Construction (2019) says: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is highlighted as “a leading heavyweight construction law specialist whose analytical skills are second to none”.

Chambers & Partners Global (2019) states that: Mohamed Abdel Wahab is consistently described by clients as a “superstar in arbitration”.

Upon being appointed as Course Director, Professor Dr Abdel Wahab MCIArb stated: It is indeed a great privilege and an honour to return to serve as the Director of CIArb’s flagship Diploma, which remains at the pinnacle of global training in international arbitration. CIArb’s flagship Diploma continues to be seen as shaping and promoting the gold standards of practice in international arbitration. CIArb prides itself in offering excellence in world-class training and the 2020 Diploma remains the crown jewel of CIArb training. The 2020 Diploma programme will continue to maintain and build on the successes of past years, but with a modern global outlook and rich and diverse content, where innovation and tradition blend to provide a truly rewarding experience for all participants from across the globe. I remain honoured and proud to return to Oxford, where my path will undoubtedly continue to be enlightened by the values and traditions instilled by all past illustrious Directors and Faculty. I am certain that all participants in the 2020 Diploma programme will enjoy their days in Oxford and will benefit from the in-depth discussions, interactions and analyses of hot topical issues offered by luminaries in the field of international arbitration. This is a not-to-be missed programme, designed for those who aspire to develop a leading practice in international arbitration.

The Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration is one of CIArb’s leading membership training programmes. Delivered in the heart of Oxford for more than twenty years, it provides practising lawyers and other professionals who are familiar with legal reasoning and are involved in arbitration (domestic or international) the opportunity to attend a nine-day course and undertake assessments that may make them eligible for peer interview and Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

The Diploma is delivered by highly-experienced and distinguished tutors and involves a combination of lectures, seminars and interactive sessions. The fee, which does not include assessment fees, covers tutoring and course materials, as well as accommodation and board at one of Oxford’s leading colleges (

For further information and a course information sheet, please contact or visit the website.

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