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What to expect in Sydney - ICCA insights from Kalicki and Abdel Raouf

What to expect in Sydney - ICCA insights from Kalicki and Abdel Raouf

09 February 2018

The Sydney Olympics was famously described by Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch as the “best ever”. Will the ICCA Congress in Sydney in April deserve a similar accolade? The programme committee chairs Jean Kalicki and Mohamed Abdel Raouf tell GAR what delegates have in store.

Developing the Cairo centre - an interview with Ismail Selim

Developing the Cairo centre - an interview with Ismail Selim

Premium article - 15 September 2017

After taking the helm at the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration at the start of the year, Ismail Selim has told GAR how he is building on the award-winning achievements of his predecessors and seeking to raise the centre's profile in sub Saharan Africa and Asia and for media and entertainment disputes.

The lifelong student

The lifelong student

Premium article - 19 May 2017

Named this year's "best prepared and most responsive arbitrator" at the GAR Awards in Milan, Jean Kalicki tells GAR about the eternal learning role of the international arbitrator, how the next generation must work hard to flourish in a "not quite...Kardashian universe" and how investor-state arbitration is like a soul-searching adolescent.

Blackaby looks back

Blackaby looks back

Premium article - 12 May 2017

At an event in Houston, Nigel Blackaby, the Washington, DC-based head of international arbitration at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, reflected on his career in the field and the most rewarding moments of his professional life to date.

Introducing the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration

Introducing the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration

Premium article - 03 November 2016

The first institution of its kind in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration – SCCA – was established by cabinet decree two years ago and had its soft launch on 2 Muharram 1438, corresponding in the Islamic calendar to 3 October 2016. GAR speaks with its CEO Majed Al Rasheed.

Resolving Islamic finance disputes – Comair-Obeid and Abdel Wahab share insights

Resolving Islamic finance disputes – Comair-Obeid and Abdel Wahab share insights

Premium article - 06 October 2016

As Beirut-based Nayla Comair-Obeid and Cairo-based Mohamed S Abdel Wahab prepare to teach a new Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance in London, they speak to GAR about the industry and why it lends itself to dispute resolution through arbitration.

When Paulsson interviewed Schwebel

When Paulsson interviewed Schwebel

Premium article - 14 April 2015

Taking advantage of Stephen Schwebel’s visit to the University of Miami, Marike Paulsson interviewed him about the contribution of arbitration to the rule of law, diversifying the field and the potential “double hat” problem. Here are some highlights.

The American president

The American president

Premium article - 13 April 2015

David W Rivkin, president of the International Bar Association for the next two years and the first American to hold the role in 25 years, tells Alison Ross his presidential plans as well as his thinking on ethics in international arbitration, the ISDS debate and how arbitration practitioners contribute to the rule of law.

Half a year with EFILA: an interview with Nikos Lavranos

Half a year with EFILA: an interview with Nikos Lavranos

Premium article - 13 January 2015

As practitioners awaited the outcome of the European Commission's public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement, Nikos Lavranos told GAR about the work of his organisation, EFILA, to counter negative portrayals of ISDS by European politicians and the media and its inaugural conference in London in 10 days’ time.

Portrait of the arbitrator

Portrait of the arbitrator

Premium article - 06 May 2014

Sebastian Perry interviews Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel about his long career as an international arbitrator, what he thinks about recent efforts to regulate counsel conduct, and the future of investment treaties.