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Education, awards, and selected publications:
- LL.B. Cairo University – English Section, Egypt
- LL.M. Cairo University, Egypt
- LL.M. New York University (NYU), USA
- Certificate in Corporate Finance, Harvard University, USA
- Certificate in Islamic Finance, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments, UK
- Top 50 Young African Arbitration Practitioners, 2020 by AYA
- Finalist for Young Lawyer of the Year in the MENA Region, 2021 by Thompson Reuters
- “Arbitration in Egypt: A Practitioner’s Guide,” Kluwer Law International (Forthcoming, 2021)
- “Overriding Mandatory Rules in International Commercial Arbitration through the Lens of Domestic Courts: An Empirical Review of English, Swiss and French Courts Decisions,” Dutch Private International Law Journal, (December 2020)
- “The Interest Rates Public Policy Dilemma: The Egyptian Perspective,” ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, (June 2020)
- “The Ministerial Approval Requirement for Arbitration Agreements in Egypt: Revisiting the Public Policy Debate,” Journal of International Arbitration, (June 2020)
- “Extension of Arbitration Agreements to Third Parties through the Lens of Egyptian Courts,” Arbitration International, (April 2020)
- “Arbitrator’s Conflict of Interest: An Egyptian Perspective,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, (October 2019)
- “25 Years of Model Law Arbitration in Egypt,” ASA Bulletin, (September, 2019)
- “The Application of New York Convention by Egyptian Courts: An Empirical Analysis,” International Journal of Arab Arbitration, (September 2019)
- “Attorney-Client Privilege & International Arbitration”, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, (May 2019)
- “Application of Overriding Mandatory Rules in International Commercial Arbitration: An Empirical Analysis.” World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR), (December 2018)
- “The Marriage of Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain in International Arbitration: A Peek into the Near Future!!!,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, (November 2018)
- “Three Potential Imminent Benefits of Blockchain for International Arbitration,” Young Arbitration Review, (November 2018)
- “Arbitration of Smart Contracts,” Kluwer Arbitration Blog, (August 2018)
Countries qualified to practice:
Name of law firm:
Shehata & Partners Law Firm
Area(s) of specialisation:
Arbitration & Complex Litigation
What influenced your interest in arbitration?
My passion for conflict of laws studies and writings has made me very interested in arbitration since the latter showcases the application of the main theories of Private International Law.
What are some of the challenges faced by young practitioners working on disputes in Africa?
I guess it is the same challenges facing young Africans everywhere. There is not enough attention to the African talents by the established institutions. There is no focus by the big arbitral institutions on Africa as with the other parts of the world.
What do you think can be done to address these challenges?
I think initiatives by the Africans themselves is the way to go. I am a firm believer in our ability to advance when we unite as Africans and this is showcased by the work of the African Arbitration Academy. This academy has given me the ability to connect more with fellow young and ambitious African arbitration practitioners and hence given me the hope that we can achieve new heights in our continent.
How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted conducting arbitration in Egypt, and is virtual hearing embraced by parties and practitioners in the country?
The Covid-19 pandemic has indeed affected the arbitration proceedings which have an international or foreign element. I think domestic arbitrations have not been affected as much. As for virtual hearings, they have been embraced to a great extent by CRCICA which has enabled the parties to cope with this new normal.
What are some of the key arbitration updates in Egypt?
We have to applaud the Egyptian judiciary for their efforts to enhance the status of Egypt as an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction. This has been the case in the past 3-4 years and the Cassation Court has really embraced the best practices in arbitration. For example, the Court of Cassation embedded the Estoppel principle in October 2020 and has paved the way for endorsing the practice of virtual hearings in Egyptian-seated arbitrations.
Do you have any mentors in the field of arbitration?
Yes, Dr Mohamed Abdel-Raouf, the former CRCICA Director.
What impact have they had on your career?
Very big. Dr Mohamed has given me the ability to connect with various established arbitration practitioners and has given me numerous opportunities in the arbitration field.
What advice do you have for other young arbitration practitioners?
I would say try and read as much as possible and attend various sessions in arbitration. The new normal introduced by Covid-19 has made it much easier to gain more knowledge in the field of arbitration. Also, writing for me was a big factor in my development and my networking ability as well.