CRCICA'S Caseload and Activities
15 September 2022
On 31 August 2022, the total number of cases filed before the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (“CRCICA”) reached 1585 cases, with 28 new cases filed since 1 April 2022.
The cases related to various sectors, including Construction, Corporate Restructuring, Investment, Medical & Hospital, Retail, Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas, Media & Entertainment and Agriculture.
Parties involved in these cases came from Austria, Bangladesh, British Virgin Islands, Egypt, Malta, Saint Christopher & Nevis, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
The language of the proceedings was Arabic in 20 cases, while English was the language of the proceedings for 8 cases.
Arbitrators appointed during this period hailed from Belgium, Egypt, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Since 1 April 2022, CRCICA has hosted 51 hearings. Of these 51 hearings, 12% were held remotely, 4% were in a hybrid format and the remaining 84% were held with physical attendance (while respecting the Centre’s social distancing measures).
African and International Contributions
CRCICA at Workshop Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution Project, Tanzania
On 24 – 27 May 2022, Dr. Ismail Selim, Director of CRCICA, contributed with a presentation in the workshop “Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution Project” in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The presentation focused on CRCICA’s background, recognitions, advantages of arbitration under its rules and CRCICA’s contribution to promoting arbitration in Africa. Dr. Selim also presented the Documentary Film produced by CRCICA named “Between North and South” outlining the development of arbitration in Africa and Asia.
Dr. Ismail Selim at the Workshop on Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution Project, Tanzania
CRCICA at the Africa Arbitration Academy Flagship Training Programme 2022, London
On 6-24 June 2022, Dr. Dalia Hussein, Deputy Director of CRCICA, gave a lecture at the “Africa Arbitration Academy Flagship Training Programme 2022”, organized by the Africa Arbitration Academy in London and hosted by 14 city law firms. The lecture was titled “Arbitration under the CRCICA Rules: Introduction and Case Studies” and included role-plays based on real cases filed before the CRCICA.
Dr. Dalia Hussein at the Africa Arbitration Academy Flagship Training Programme
CRCICA Supports Africa Construction Law Conference, Nigeria
On 30-31 May 2022, CRCICA supported the Africa Construction Law Conference on “Construction Law in Africa: Turning Hindsight into Foresight”, Lagos, Nigeria. The conference examined trends and developments in construction law and the infrastructural challenges faced across English-speaking, Francophone, and Lusophone African jurisdictions covering the full financing, contracting and dispute resolution spectrum.
The IFCAI General Assembly
In his capacity as the IFCAI Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Selim attended the IFCAI General Assembly on 8 June 2022. Dr Gaston Kenfack, IFCAI Council Member, was also among the attendees. The meeting included the voting for the new Council of IFCAI for the next 4 years mandate.
CRCICA at the 11. Baltic Arbitration Day, Latvia
On 16-17 June 2022, Dr. Selim delivered a Keynote Speech at the 11. Baltic Arbitration Days on Arbitration in Africa, Riga, Latvia. Dr. Ismail focused on the history surrounding the introduction of Egypt’s 1994 Law on Arbitration and on arbitration's impact in the African Region. The event was attended by judges, lawyers, and scholars from the Baltic Region and beyond.
CRCICA at the International Conference on Human Rights Trafficking, Social Media & AI Regulation and Climate Justice
In July 2022, Dr. Ismail Selim gave the Opening Speech of the International Hybrid Conference on “Human Rights Trafficking, Social Media & AI Regulation and Climate Justice” at the British University in Egypt. The Conference was held in the frame of the Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, the 31st of its kind. Dr. Selim highlighted the value of moot court competitions in light of global as well as African challenges. The conference was attended by senators, judges and ambassadors from over 30 African countries.
CRCICA Activities in Cooperation with the CIArb Egypt Branch
Webinar on Rules and Practices of International Investment Law and Arbitration-Textbook Presentation and Discussion
On 24 May 2022, the CRCICA organized jointly with the CIArb Egypt Branch the webinar on “Rules and Practices of International Investment Law and Arbitration-Textbook Presentation and Discussion”. The event focused on the balancing between public and private interests and how this impacts treaty and arbitral practice. The speaker was the author of the book who introduced the textbook in relation to the most salient features nowadays displayed by international investment law and arbitration. The event also addressed the reform of the settlement of investor-State disputes, discussing the various options put forward by States to supplement or replace arbitration. The webinar was attended by 120 participants from 41 countries.
Seminar on Challenges of the Engineering Application of the Contract Regulation Law Signed by Public Authorities (No. 182 of 2018)
On 3 July 2022, the CRCICA organized jointly with the CIArb Egypt Branch a seminar on Challenges of the Engineering Application of the Contract Regulation Law Signed by Public Authorities (No. 182 of 2018). The conference offered a discussion of some controversial points relating to the challenges of the implementation of this law from an engineering point of view. The topic was discussed by a panel committee consisting of expert engineers and legal experts.
Training Workshop on the CRCICA Dispute Board Rules
The first Training Workshop on the CRCICA Dispute Board Rules, was jointly organized with the CIArb Egypt Branch on 3-4 September 2022. The Workshop was composed of lectures and role plays where participants were divided into groups to address real cases applying the new CRCICA DB Rules. The workshop was conducted by expert engineers who were members and moderators of the DB Rules drafting and reviewing Committee.
Seminar on The Role of the State Council’s Judiciary in Supervising Arbitration Awards Related to State Contracts
On 7 September 2022, the CRCICA organized jointly with the CIArb Egypt Branch a Seminar on The Role of the State Council’s Judiciary in Supervising Arbitration Awards Related to State Contracts. The event focused on the role of the State Council’s judiciary regarding arbitration as an alternative method for resolving disputes, the rules regulating arbitration, the arbitration agreement and the challenge of the arbitration awards.
Second Cycle of the Egypt Branch Mentoring Programme
The second cycle of the Egypt Branch Mentoring Programme was launched in May 2022. The cycle included 4 mentoring groups each composed of 4 mentees guided by an expert mentor and active mentor supporter. The first (March 2021 – March 2022) and second cycles offer several interesting activities for young CIArb members, inter alia, mock mediation and arbitration cases at the CRCICA premises. The Branch Mentoring Programme is the first programme initiated by a CIArb Branch in the region.
On 8 June 2022, a networking event was organized by the Branch and hosted by the CRCICA to gather the mentors, supporters, and mentees of the two cycles. Mentors of both cycles delivered a brief speech about the mentoring activities while members of the first cycle received certificates in recognition and appreciation of their efforts.
Africa Construction Law
Africa Construction Law website published an article by Dr. Selim titled: ‘’Using CRCICA in Construction Contracts: CRCICA Arbitration and Innovative Dispute Resolution Mechanism Safe from the Egyptian ‘Supreme Constitutional Court Law’ Amendments’’. The article outlined CRCICA’s background, recognitions and activities, its role in raising the arbitration awareness in the region and the enforceability of its arbitration awards. Please click here to read the article.
New Issue of the Journal of Arab Arbitration
CRCICA’s new issue of the journal of Arab Arbitration (volumes 33 and 34) was released in June 2022. It included a special dossier on mediation, comprising articles by a group of renowned international experts in mediation and ADR. In the field of arbitration, several distinct articles by renowned lawyers addressed the post award stage, discussing the enforcement and execution of arbitral awards in Egypt from a practical point of view.
CRCICA Future Events and Activities
CRCICA - GIZ Training Program
The CRCICA jointly with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) co-organize a Training Program scheduled on 18-22 September 2022. The training aims at developing the legal and contract management skills of the participants. Previous rounds of the training titled “Contract Administration Training Program” were held in January 2021 under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Housing Utilities and Urban Communities.
KIAC Conference on The Impact of Institutional Arbitration in African Development – Celebrating the delivery of Modern Case Management to the African Continent
CRCICA’s Director, Dr. Ismail Selim will represent CRCICA as a speakers at the 10th Anniversary of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) celebrated through a Conference on “The Impact of Institutional Arbitration in African Development – Celebrating the Delivery of Modern Case Management to the African Continent”. The conference is scheduled on 29- 30 September 2022 at Kigali, Rwanda. CRCICA is a strategic partner of the KIAC 10th Anniversary Conference.
Training for Practitioners in International Arbitration 2022
The CRCICA co-organizes with three African Arbitral Centres a training for practitioners in international arbitration. The training will be at the premises of CRCICA from 10-12 October 2022. The African Arbitral Centres collaborating with the CRCICA are Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in Lagos; CMAG in Douala; and KIAC in Kigali.
AfAA 3rd Annual Conference
The CRCICA is supporting the AfAA 3rd Annual Conference “Africanisation of International Dispute Resolution” scheduled on 3-5 November 2022, ACCRA, Ghana. The Conference will be held both in-person and online to bring together hundreds of lawyers, arbitrators, academics, and other professionals from across the globe, including from among Africa’s pre-eminent arbitration practitioners. It will also feature an awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate the important contribution of African arbitration and ADR practitioners and institutions to the practice and development of international dispute resolution. Dr Dalia Hussein, Deputy Director, will represent CRCICA as a speaker.
The CRCICA hosts and co-organizes the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) MENA Region Conference scheduled on 15 November 2022.
SHARM EL SHEIKH VIII 2022
The CRCICA organizes the World’s Sole Biennial Conference on “The Role of State Courts in International Arbitration” scheduled for 5-6 December 2022. SHARM EL SHEIKH VIII 2022 is the eighth conference in a unique series of international events being held biennially since 2005. This year, the Conference will be held in cooperation with the UNCITRAL, the AALCO, and the Arab Union for International Arbitration (AUIA). SHARM EL SHEIKH Conferences enjoy a distinctive global stance as the only regular meeting point for lawyers, judges, arbitrators, and other users of arbitration from all around the world to exchange expert views on the diverse relationship between state courts and arbitration in a cross-cultural context. For more information about SHARM EL SHEIKH VIII 2022, please visit the website of the conference.