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The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration holds the fifth round of its important international biannual "Sharm El Sheikh" Conference on the role of state courts in international commercial arbitration on the 16th and 17th of November 2014, at Savoy Hotel, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

This round comes after several successive legal and judicial developments in the Arab world that have led to remarkable reforms with respect to the settlement of commercial and investment disputes in general and commercial arbitration in particular. Tremendous developments have taken place all over the Arab world from the Gulf to the Ocean aiming to increase the attractiveness of Arab states as a convenient seat for international arbitrations.

Whatever the elements of attraction that have been made available, including the establishment of credible arbitration centers, the adoption of modern legislative infrastructure, and the ratification of relevant international conventions, state courts remain the most significant factor for any evaluation of the state's suitability as a seat for international arbitrations.

Over the last couple of years, a number of extremely interesting court decisions have been rendered in most of the Arab states, which are worthy of examination and scrutiny due to their important role in emphasizing the supporting, parallel and supervisory roles of state courts in international commercial arbitration. Hence the importance of the Sharm El Sheikh V Conference to identify the salient judicial trends in the Arab world and to shed light on the latest judicial practices in the most significant seats of arbitration worldwide, including Europe (France, England, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy), Asia (Turkey), Africa (OHADA system), the United States and Latin America. These trends will be studied by tackling the role of state courts during the four basic phases of the arbitration process, namely, the arbitration agreement, the arbitral tribunal, the arbitration proceedings and the arbitral award.

Sharm El Sheikh V coincides with the adoption of the new UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration, which will be presented in the Conference for the first time in the Arab world. The London Court of International Arbitration has also adopted its new arbitration rules which will enter into force shortly before the Conference's date. The Conference will also address their salient features, especially the Guidelines for the Parties' Legal Representatives.

The Sharm El Sheikh V conference represents a great opportunity to discuss the most important and recent legislative and institutional developments as well as the judicial practices in the field of international commercial arbitration with a comparative approach in order to cover the Arab, European, Asian, and Latin American countries and the United States of America. These legislative and institutional developments will be exposed and studied not only from counsels, judges and arbitrators' perspective but also from the perspective of Arab, regional and international arbitral institutions which play a crucial role in the assistance of state courts to perform their duties.

Day I : Sunday 16th November 2014
Opening Speeches

H.E. Dr. Nabil Elaraby: Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) (Egypt)
H.E. Coun. Hossam Abdel Rehim: President of Egyptian Court of Cassation; President of the Supreme Judicial Council (tbc) (Egypt)
Coun. Dr. Borhan Amrallah: Secretary-General of the Arab Union of International Arbitration (AUIA), Former President of the Cairo Court of Appeal (Egypt)
Ms. Diana C. Droulers: President, International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI), Executive Director of the Arbitration Centre of CARACAS Chamber of Commerce (Venezuela)
Mr. Timothy Lemay: Principal Legal Officer, Head, Legislative Branch, UNCITRAL Secretariat International Trade Law Division, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations (Austria)
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf: Director of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Vice President, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) (Egypt)
Keynote Speaker Prof. Dr. Ahmed S. El Kosheri: Senior Partner of Kosheri, Rashed and Riad Law Firm; Chairman of CRCICA Advisory Committee (Egypt)

Gold Sponsor's Speech :Zulficar and Partners Law Firm (Egypt)
Coffee break
First Session: Salient Legislative and Institutional Developments and Recent Judicial Practices
  • The Role of the French Judiciary in Making Paris a Suitable Place for International Arbitration: The Experience of the French Cour de Cassation
  • Recent Developments in Sweden with Respect to the Judicial Review of Arbitration
  • The Relationship between the Judiciary and Arbitration in the Arab World
  • The Case for Emergency Arbitrators
  • The new UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration
Open Discussion
Coffee break
Second Session: The Arbitration Agreement
  • Judicial Review of Egyptian State Contracts and Arbitration Agreements they include: Between Regulation and Immunity
  • Consent to Arbitrate in the Arab World: Key Issues and Recent Trends Arising Out of the Arab Spring
  • The Role of the Brazilian Judiciary in Enforcing Valid Arbitration Agreements: Compelling Non-cooperating Parties to Arbitrate
Open Discussion
Lunch Break sponsored by the Office Tharwat Abdul Shahid Law Firm
Third Session: The Arbitral Tribunal
  • Do National Courts have jurisdiction over Challenges filed against Arbitrators in Institutional Arbitrations?
  • The Methodology of the Judicial Review of Arbitrators' Independence and Impartiality within the Limits of the Obligation of Disclosure
  • Institutional Decisions Regarding Arbitral Tribunals before State Courts
  • Academic Immunity of Arbitrators
Open Discussion
Day II : Monday 17th November 2014
Fourth Session: The Arbitral Proceedings
  • The Role of the CCJA in Reviewing Arbitral Proceedings within the OHADA System
  • Recent Judicial Trends in Latin America Regarding Procedural Issues
  • Interim and Provisional Measures between the Judiciary and the Arbitral Tribunal
  • The Role of the Syrian Judiciary in Arbitral Procedures
  • The Role of State Courts in International Commercial Arbitration under Turkish Law
Open Discussion
Coffee break
Fifth Session : The Arbitral Awards I (Enforcement of Arbitral Awards)
  • The Enforcement of Arbitral Awards that have been Set Aside at the Seat: Towards a more Consistent Approach?
  • The Relation between the New York Convention and Regional, Bilateral and other Instruments Applicable to the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Arab Countries
  • Public policy and Delay Interests According to the Egyptian Arbitration Law
  • The Enforcement of Arbitral Award in some Arab Countries
  • The Role of the Emirati Judiciary in the Enforcement of Arbitral Awards
Open Discussion
Lunch Break sponsored by Helmy, Hamza & Partners , A member of Baker & McKenzie International
Sixth Session: Arbitral Awards II (Challenge of the Arbitral Award)
  • The Scope of Appealing Arbitral Awards under the English Arbitration Act of 1996.
  • The Revision of Arbitral Awards in Switzerland
  • The Practical Efficiency of the Setting Aside Motion as a Means of Judicial Review of Arbitral Awards
Open Discussion
Closing Remarks


Abdel Hamid El Ahdab

President, Arab Association for International Arbitration ; Secretary -General of the Euro Arab Association for International Arbitration (Lebanon)


Ahmed Haddad

Head of Haddad Law Firm, Member of the General Secretariat of the Arab Union of International Arbitration (Syria)


Ahmed Ouerfelli

Judge, Legal Adviser to the President of the Republic of Tunisia (Tunisia)


Annette Magnusson

Secretary-General of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) (Sweden)


Dominique Hascher

Judge, Supreme Judicial Court (France)


Ergun Ozsunay

Law Professor and Legal Adviser, Chamber of Commerce of Istanbul (Turkey)

Prof. Dr.

Fathi Waly

Professor of law; Former Dean, Faculty of Law, Cairo University ; International Lawyer and Arbitrator (Egypt)


Frederico Straube

President, CAM-CCBC (Brazil)


Gaston Kenfack Douajni

Professor of Business and Arbitration Law (OHADA Law) at the National School of Administration and Magistracy – Yaounde and at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) – the University of Yaounde II; Guest Professor at the OHADA Higher School of magistracy (Porto Novo – Benin); Professor of OHADA Arbitration Law at the University of Amiens - France (Academic year 2006). (Cameroon)


Hamza Haddad

Director of the Law and Arbitration Centre ; Former Secretary-General of the Arab Union of International Arbitration ; Former Jordanian Minister of Justice (Jordan)


Hassan Arab

Deputy Managing Partner & Regional Head of Litigation, Al Tamimi & Company (United Arab Emirates)


Ismail Selim

Partner, Zulficar & Partners (Egypt)


Karim Hafez

Arbitrator (Egypt)


Karim Youssef

Partner, Head of Middle East Arbitration, Mena Associates (in association with Amereller Rechtsanwälte), Associate Professor of Civil Law, Cairo University (Egypt)

Prof. Dr.

Mahmoud Samir El Sharkawy

Lawyer before the Court of Cassation ; Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law ; Former Dean, Faculty of Law, Cairo University ; International Lawyer and Arbitrator (Egypt)


Mohamed Amin El Mahdi

Former Minister of Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation; Former President of the Egyptian State Council; President of the High Administrative Court (Egypt)


Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab

Founding Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Group, Zulficar & Partners, Professor and Head of Private International Law and Dispute Resolution, Faculty of Law - Cairo University, Vice-President, Arab Users Council - LCIA, Vice-Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Cairo Branch). (Egypt)


Nassib G. Ziadé

Chief Executive Officer Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR) (Bahrain - Lebanon)


Philippe Leboulanger

Cabinet Leboulanger & Associés; Chairman, French Arbitration Committee (France)


Rabab Yasseen

Partner, Mentha & Partners, Geneva; Deputy Judge- Geneva Civil Courts (Switzerland - Iraq)


Reza Mohtashami

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (UK -Iran)


Samaa A. Haridi

Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, United States (USA)


Sami Houerbi

Director for Eastern Mediterranean. Middle East and Africa, ICC Dispute Resolution Services (Tunisia)


Stefano Azzali

Secretary-General of Milan Chamber of Arbitration, Secretary-Treasurer, International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI) (Italy)

Accommodation for 3 nights: 15-16-17 November 2014, departure will be on 18 November 2014:

Room Description

Single Room
for 3 nights

Double Room
for 3 nights
for two persons

Triple Room
for 3 nights
for three persons

Garden View Room

255 US$

300 US$

423 US$

Pool View Room

285 US$

360 US$

513 US$

Sea View Room

300 US$

390 US$

558 US$

Room Rate Included service charges, taxes and open buffet breakfast at Tirana main restaurant
  Participation Fees (Without Accommodation)


Non Egyptians

1900 L.E.

400 US$

Registration Fees include:
  • Attendance of the working sessions
  • Conference Papers' Folder
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch for the participant on 16th and 17th November 2014
  How to book your accommodation?
(Please read carefully)
  Important Notes:
  1. Submitting the Registration Form and Making the payment directly to the Centre;
  2. Receiving CRCICA's letter of confirmation;
  3. Sending your accommodation Request directly to Savoy Hotel ( to the contacts below) with a copy to ;
  4. Attaching CRCICA's letter of confirmation to the accommodation request. Please note that without attaching the letter of confirmation, Savoy will not be able to proceed further.
    Savoy Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh:
    Hotel direct reservation Phone:
    (+2069) 3602510 - (+2069) 3602516
  • Hotel accommodation is confirmed only after receiving bank transfer or valid credit card number
  • Last date for receiving hotel reservations is 1st November 2014. Reservations after that date will be dealt with according to rooms availability.
  • Reservations and payments are to be made directly with Savoy Sharm El Sheikh without the interference of CRCICA. This includes any further requests, airport pickup, changing dates, cancellation…etc..
  • Accommodation will be reserved only upon receiving CRCICA's letter of confirmation
  • Check-In time 14.00 P.M.
  • Check-out time 12:00 noon. Late check-out until 18:00 P.M. shall be subject to 50% of the room rate. check out after 18:00 shall be subject to 100% room rate.
  • The above rates are inclusive of service charges and taxes. In case of any governmental taxes modifications, Savoy Sharm El Sheikh hotel will be entitled to increase its rates according to the new taxes.
  • Above rates apply for pre and post conference stays only for participants.
  Very important
  SOHO Square:

The rooms blocked for the conference are limited, especially pool view and sea view locations. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come first served basis. Once the allotted rooms are fully booked, all accommodation requests will be subject to hotel availability. The hotel layout on the right hand side illustrates all locations.

The award-winning entertainment centre of Sharm El Sheikh is situated in the heart of the Savoy Resort on White Knight Beach and is a magnet for all visitors to Sharm to come and enjoy restaurants, and cafés with live entertainers and singers. There, one can have a wide range of activities such as camel riding, the tennis, squash, ice skating, bowling and much more. Free Wi-Fi is available at the Square.

  Method of payment:
  • Cash payment
  • Certified cheque to be issued in the name of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
  • Direct bank transfer to: Account No.: 150010081018 (SWIFT CODE: NSGBEGCX), QNB ALAHLI Bank, Al Kamel Mohamed Branch, Zamalek, Cairo.
    In case of direct bank transfer, please make sure that the bank transfer expenses are not deducted from the total transferred amount and we will much appreciate providing CRCICA with a copy of the bank transfer order to check with our Bank and confirm receiving to you later.
    Please note that in its capacity as an international organization working in Egypt CRCICA is exempted from all direct taxes by virtue of the Presidential Decree No. 399/1987.
  Registration Form:

Please fill out the form:

  SPONSORSHIP packages:

For information on SPONSORSHIP packages , please contact the Conferences and External Relations Department, Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.
Among advantages of SPONSORSHIP:

  • Foremost visibility of Firm's logo throughout the promotion for the event and during the event (in the promotional flyer, on CRCICA's website, on the final conference programme).
  • A4 corporate marketing flyer into the conference folder.
  • Recurring screen show of sponsor's activities during the intervals between working sessions (materials to be provided by sponsor).
  • Firm's Brochures and Flyers to be displayed on the sponsors' exhibition table.
  • Special discount on the registration fees

For interested firms, please contact us :

  For further details
External Relations Department,
Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
1 Al-Saleh Ayoub St., Zamalek
Cairo - Egypt
Tel. (00202) 27351333/5/7
Fax (00202) 27351336
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