This is an online event organised by CIArb Cyprus branch: 'Online arbitration hearings: Legal considerations and practical implications - a pandemic pathway to the future', delivered by Professor Dr Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab MCIArb, on 7 October 2020, starting at 3.30pm British Summer Time (BST). Please check your local time-zone.
Online hearings have become a topical issue due to the COVID-19 global pandemic that has had and continues to have, far reaching ramifications for governments, people, businesses, transactions, disputes and dispute resolution.
Since March 2020, parties, counsel, arbitrators and institutions have explored, and continue to explore, their options to hold virtual hearings. It is in this context that institutions, associations and organisations have issued guidance notes in an attempt to address efficiency and mitigate risks of breaches of due process.
Despite the wealth of available resources, still, a roadmap or pathway, setting out the diverse legal issues that ought to be considered when assessing whether to proceed with a virtual hearing or not, was missing.
It is in this context that the speaker intends to shed light of the past, present and future of online hearings and will present the Abdel Wahab Pandemic Pathway that is intended to assist parties, counsel and tribunals when faced with a dispute over whether an online hearing on the merits should be held or not.
Professor Dr Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab MCIArb is the Founding Partners & Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy Groups at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm; Chair of Private International Law and Professor of International Arbitration (Cairo University); Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member of the ICCA Governing Board; Senior Vice-Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Vice Chair, ISDS Academic Forum; Member of the MIAC Advisory Board; Member of the CIMAC Court of Arbitration; Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIArb; Member of the SIAC African Users’ Council; Dean and Member of the Advisory Council of the Africa Arbitration Academy; International Expert Member of the China Permanent Forum on Construction Law; Member of Arbitrator Intelligence’s Board of Advisors; Fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA; and Member of the Governing Board of International Council on Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR).
He served as ‘Arbitrator’, ‘Counsel’ and ‘Legal Expert’ in more than 200 cases involving African, Asian, Canadian, European, Middle Eastern and US parties. He was the African Personality of June 2018 by Africa Arbitration, and by the Lagos Court of Arbitration in May 2019. He received the LAW Magazine 2017 Best Legal Practitioner Award, the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize, the 2019 AYA Hall-of-Fame African Arbitrator Award and the 2020 Client Choice International Award.
Professor Dr Abdel Wahab has been selected to feature in Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: International Arbitration (2017 - 2020). This directory lists some of the world’s foremost arbitration practitioners at the apogee of global arbitration. He also features in AFRICA’s 100 list of leading African arbitration practitioners by I-ARB (Africa). The Legal500 (2019) states he is ‘one of the best in the world’. WWL: Arbitration (2020) says he is “at the top of the market” and “a very well-prepared, exceptional arbitrator”. WWL: Construction (2019 -2020) says he is “a leading heavyweight construction law specialist whose analytical skills are second to none”. Client Choice International (2020) by Lexology says: “Mohamed outshines his competitors; he is world-class. He is one of the most brilliant legal brains of his generation and impressive, proactive, a very good speaker, and a very impartial and independent arbitrator”. He is the co-editor of the leading treatise “Online Dispute Resolution Theory & Practice” (2012) which received the CPR Award for best dispute resolution work in 2013.
Professor Dr Abdel Wahab is the author of the Abdel Wahab Pandemic Pathway to Virtual Hearings, which was published by the Global Arbitration Review on 6 May 2020. Professor Dr Abdel Wahab was nominated four times in (2013), (2014), (2018) and (2019) for the Global Arbitration Review Award for the Best Arbitration. Lecture/Speech. Professor Dr Abdel Wahab was also nominated in (2020) for the GAR COVID-19 Pandemic Response Award.
Professor Dr Abdel Wahab was elected in 2020 Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Middle East region.