Branch Updates Q2

Catch up below on the following Egypt Branch activities during Q2 2022.

Second Cycle of the Branch Mentoring Programme

The second cycle of the Branch Mentoring Programme, launched its activities in May 2022. The cycle includes 4 mentoring groups each composed of 4 mentees guided by an expert mentor and active mentor supporter. The Mentors and Supporters of the second cycle held a virtual meeting on 9 May 2022 to exchange views about the best means of delivering a successful programme during the one year cycle. Click here to view the Ciarb LinkedIn. It is worth noting that the Branch Mentoring Programme is the first Programme initiated by a CIArb Branch in the region and exclusive for CIArb young members under 40.

To watch the video of some mentoring activities of the first cycle (2021-2022), please click here

Second Branch Committee Meeting 2022

The second Committee meeting of the CIArb Egypt Branch was held in a hybrid format on 8 June 2022. Members approved the agenda of the meeting and the minutes of the latest Committee Meeting as recorded on 22 March 2022. Members discussed other items of the agenda including the Committee feedback on two projects suggested by the CIArb, namely; CIArb Member Offer Project and Competence Framework. Members discussed the second cycle of the Branch Mentoring Programme and the Branch approved faculty data in light of the update from the CIArb in May 2022. Discussions also approached the Branch latest updates regarding Membership and Branch future events, including hybrid event on the challenges in the application of the Egyptian Law No 182/2018 on public procurement from construction practitioners’ perspective, the Wednesday One hybrid seminar to be held in September 2022, a YMG event to be held before the end of the year. The next virtual Branch Committee meeting was scheduled for 6 September 2022.

CIArb Branch Chairs Meeting

On 20 June 2022, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Branch Chair, Dr. Waleed El Nemr, Vice Chair and Education and Training Officer, and Dr. Dalia Hussein, Honorary Secretary, represented the Branch at the virtual CIArb Branch Chairs meeting with CIArb key officers. Discussions focused on updates regarding the CIArb Board of Trustees meeting held on 9 June 2022, elections of the Congress and president in 2022, brand implementation, Member Offer and Competence Framework projects, governance reform, education and training, global conference in 2023, and student revocation process.

During the meeting, the Branch Committee feedback and comments on the Member Offer and Competence Framework projects were appreciated by the present CIArb officers.

Webinar on Rules and Practices of International Investment Law and Arbitration

On 24 May 2022, the CIArb Egypt Branch organized jointly with the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration “CRCICA” (the seat of the Branch) the webinar to introduce Prof. Yannick Radi’s textbook titled “Rules and Practices of International Investment Law and Arbitration”. The speaker was Prof. Yannick Radi, Professor of International Law at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and author of the textbook, the moderator was Dr. Ismail Selim, Director of CRCICA.

Prof. Radi spoke about salient features of international investment law and arbitration, how to balance public and private interests, and the impact of such balance on treaty and arbitral practice. He also addressed the current ISDS reform proposals. Attendees raised many questions that led to interesting discussions following Prof. Radi’s presentation. The webinar was attended by 120 participants from 41 countries, namely Algeria, Austria, Burkina, Faso, Cameroon, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom United States, and Zambia.

To watch the video of the webinar, please click here.

Networking Event for the First and Second Mentoring Cycles

On the occasion of the closing of the first cycle of the CIArb Egypt Branch Mentoring Programme and the launch of the second cycle (May 2022- May 2023), the Branch organized a networking event gathering the mentors, supporters, and mentees of the two cycles on 8 June 2022 at CRCICA’s conference room.

Mentors from the first and second cycles delivered brief speeches about their experience and the mentoring activities they undertook which included the attendance of arbitration proceedings, mock arbitration and mediation cases, and international arbitration events. Then, a brief video was presented to introduce a glimpse into some of the first cycle activities. To watch the video, please press here.

At the end of the event, members of the first cycle received certificates in recognition and appreciation of their efforts. Eng. Ahmed Moustafa Aboelela, a mentee of the first cycle, commented “I have been introduced & exposed to arbitration-related issues that I would never have imaged I would get introduced to. I have learned and seen some valuable and practical insights of the arbitration process that would have been very hard (nearly impossible) to encounter on my own (through my academic studies)”