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CRCICA's Activities in Q1-2022

12 March 2022

CRCICA’s Caseload 2021

In February 2022, CRCICA announced that 2021 witnessed the second highest number of annual registrations since 2016, with 83 new arbitration cases registered in 2021, bringing the total number of cases registered at the Centre to 1535 cases. The cases related to an ever increasingly varied number of sectors, including: Construction, Corporate Restructuring, Oil & Gas, Banking & Finance, Media & Entertainment, Transport, Tourism & Hospitality, Real Estate Development, Sports and Investment. Parties involved in these cases came from the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Italy, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malta, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  2021 also witnessed the appointment of 18 non-Egyptian arbitrators, from Cameroon, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. CRCICA appointments represented only 20% of total appointments. It is worth noting that 131 hearings took place using CRCICA’s hearing facilities during 2021, with 38% held remotely, 17% in a hybrid format and 76% with physical attendance. These hearings related to cases brought under the CRCICA Arbitration Rules, ad hoc cases administered by CRCICA and in cases under other institutional rules. For more information, please click here.

International Contributions

IFCAI- CRCICA First Joint Webinar on: The Wind of Reforms of Major Institutional Rules

CRCICA proudly co-organized with the IFCAI International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI) the IFCAI's First Webinar on "The Wind of Reforms of Major Institutional Rules" on 7 February 2022.  The webinar was organized in the frame of IFCAI's biennial conferences, featured interventions by key-speakers of key-worldwide arbitration institutions, including the ICC, the LCIA, the SCC, the SIAC, the ICDR-AAA, the BCDR, the Swiss Centre, the CAM and the MIAC on a first-time international online format.  It is worth noting that CRCICA was the sole representative from North Africa in this significant event.  Please click here to watch a glimpse of the event.

Article by CRCICA’s Director at the ACL

The Africa Construction Law (ACL) website published an article authored by Dr. Ismail Selim, CRCICA’s Director. The article was titled: Using CRCICA in construction contracts: CRCICA arbitration and innovative dispute resolution mechanism safe from the Egyptian ‘Supreme Constitutional Court Law’ Amendments. The article focused on recommending the use of CRCICA’s Dispute Board Rules as an alternate way to prevent and resolve disputes, and shed light on the recent amendments in the Egyptian law and the privileges of resolving disputes under the auspices of CRCICA.  Click here to read the article. For more information about CRCICA’s new DB Rules, please click here

CRCICA at the Diplomatic Studies Institute of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

On 10 January 2022, Dr. Ismail Selim lectured on international arbitration to Francophone African diplomats at the Diplomatic Studies Institute of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The lecture focused on the OHADA arbitration framework and arbitration under CRCICA Rules.

CRCICA’s Events

Three Training Course on Mediation

CRCICA organized three rounds of Mediation Training courses (First, Second stages and Preparing the Mediator). The courses were conducted respectively on 25 – 26 January 2022, 29 January – 2 February 2022, and 11-17 February 2022. The trainings covered fundamental concepts of mediation, the mediation process, mediator’s duties, etc.  The trainings were delivered by Mr. Fehmi Karami, Mediator, International Arbitrator, and Trainer on Mediation (Lebanon) and Ms. Fatma Ibrahim, Mediation Special Advisor at CRCICA. Dr. Ismail Selim, Director of CRCICA, gave the opening speech of the trainings.  Participants received certificates of attendance incorporating the number of theoretical and practical training hours.

Seminar on Mediation

On 22 February 2022, CRCICA organized and hosted a seminar on Mediation.  The seminar focused on the benefits and stages of mediation and its role in facilitating negotiations between the parties.  The seminar was delivered by experienced mediators from Egypt and Lebanon.

Training for Ganope Co.

On 28 January 2022, CRCICA in partnership with the South Valley Egyptian Petroleum Holding Company (Ganope) organized a training for the employees of Ganope.  The training was delivered on 3 modules related to, inter alia, the concession agreements and avoidance of technical disputes.

CIArb Egypt Branch News

Webinar on Insights into the Qatari and Egyptian Arbitration Laws

On 13 February 2022, CIArb Egypt Branch, CIArb Qatar Branch, and CRCICA (the Seat of the Egypt Branch) jointly organized the first CIArb Egypt-Qatar Branches Webinar on Insights into the Qatari and Egyptian Arbitration Laws.  Speakers from both Branches engaged in an open discussion on the recent developments, similarities and contrasts between the Egyptian and Qatari arbitration laws.

Seminar on The Impartiality of the Arbitrator

On 22 March 2022, the CIArb Egypt Branch jointly with the CRCICA will organize and host a Seminar on Impartiality of the Arbitrator. The event will focus on the difference and relation between the Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, and Conflict of Interests of the arbitrators.

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