Transnational Arbitration


Perspectives and Crossroads from the East: Bridging Continents Across Sands and Waters

Webinar begins at US CT 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM CET, 6:00 PM KSA time, 11:00 PM Singapore time

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Join us for a distinguished panel, part of the 'Perspectives and Crossroads from the East' series, focusing on the surprising rise of arbitration in the East and its growing East-East synergy. This event brings together strong leaders from the arbitration community, with the CEOs of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), which will discuss the recent MOUs they recently signed across the continents.

The discussion will also include insights from Professor Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CiArb), and Mr. Toby Landau KC, the internationally renowned arbitrator and counsel of excellence. This particular session will shed light on the arbitration practices within the MENA and GCC regions, highlighting Saudi Arabia's increasing significance in the global arbitration discourse. Key topics of discussion will encompass:

  • The modernization of arbitration rules.
  • The critical importance of cross-regional collaboration.
  • The strategic roles and innovations of leading arbitration centers.

Each panelist will bring its unique and authoritative perspective, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of directions in international arbitration across the East. This event is an essential opportunity for legal professionals to engage with leading experts and stay at the forefront of arbitration developments. Join us to gain invaluable insights.

#YoungITATalks Online is a series of virtual events presented around the world, featuring talks, workshops or interviews that cover a wide range of subjects relating to arbitration. The #YoungITATalks series is designed for education, conversation and sharing knowledge and experiences among young practitioners.

This event is presented tuition-free.

Webinar begins at US CT 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM CET, 6:00 PM KSA time, 11:00 PM Singapore time
Duration: 100 to 120 minutes maximum

About the Speakers

Nadya Rouben

Nadya Rouben, Moderator - Legal Director at DLA Piper London’s Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration team.

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Gloria Lim, Panelist - Mrs. Gloria Lim: Mrs. Lim is the esteemed Chief Executive Officer of the SIAC. Her pivotal role includes spearheading SIAC' strategic direction and operational management, ensuring its continued prominence as a global established leader in arbitration. Under Mrs. Lim's leadership, SIAC has significantly expanded its caseload, handling thousands of cases annually. This growth underscores SIAC's reputation of excellence and its recognized role as a preferred arbitration center for international disputes. SIAC continues to set benchmarks in arbitration practice worldwide, advancing dispute resolution standards.

With her expert background in legal policy and alternative dispute resolution, Mrs. Lim has played a pivotal role in shaping Singapore's legal landscape. Previously, she served as Director of the Legal Industry Division at Singapore’s Ministry of Law, where she championed the development and promotion of the country’s international dispute resolution regime. Her efforts were instrumental in enhancing Singapore’s reputation as a preferred arbitration destination.

Mrs. Lim's expertise and leadership have earned her prestigious accolades, including the Public Administration Medal in recognition of her outstanding contributions. She holds a Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration from the National University of Singapore and an LL.M from Harvard University. Admitted to the Singapore Bar, Mrs. Lim continues to drive SIAC's global standing through innovative initiatives and operational excellence in international arbitration.

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Professor Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Panelist - Professor Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab, Panelist - Professor Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab is a distinguished figure in the field of international arbitration, having served as an arbitrator, counsel, or expert in over 260 cases involving parties from Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, the United States and Latin America. His extensive experience and profound expertise have made him a leading authority in the field. He is the Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction, and Energy at Zulficar & Partners. In addition to his practice, he is a respected academic, serving as a Professor of International Arbitration, Private International Law, and English Contract Law at Cairo University with visiting posts at academic institutions across the globe.

Professor Abdel Wahab's contributions to the field are further highlighted by his roles in various prestigious institutions. He is the Chair of the ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services, a Member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Member of the Court at the PCA, Member of the Global Advisory Committee of the SCCA, and President Elect of Ciarb for 2025.

His exceptional skills and dedication have been recognized globally, evidenced by his shortlisting among the top five arbitrators for the GAR award for the best prepared and responsive arbitrator in 2021. Professor Abdel Wahab continues to be a pivotal figure in international arbitration.

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Dr. Hamed Merah, Panelist - Dr. Hamed Merah is the distinguished CEO of the Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA). Dr. Merah has comprehensive academic qualifications, professional fellowships, and advanced training courses in law, shariah, leadership, compliance, governance, Islamic insurance and Islamic capital markets. He is a Harvard Business School alumnus and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) in the UK.

Under his leadership, the SCCA has become a pivotal institution in the global arbitration landscape, internationally and in the MENA region. Dr. Merah is an internationally recognized expert who led the SCCA in significant achievements, handling thousands of arbitration cases, demonstrating its growing expertise and influence in the arbitration community. The center is known for its innovative approaches to dispute resolution and its role in promoting best practices in arbitration across the region and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as a central hub in the Middle East.

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Dr. Ismail Selim, Panelist: Dr. Ismail Selim is the Director of the CRCICA. Under his leadership, CRCICA has emerged as a leading hub for resolving international commercial disputes.

Dr. Selim holds prominent positions within the international arbitration community, including President of the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI), Chairman of the Egypt Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and Vice-President of the African Arbitration Association (AfAA).

With a distinguished academic background, Dr. Selim earned his PhD with highest honors from Université de Bourgogne in 2009. He has extensive experience as a prosecutor and judge (1998-2009) and subsequently as a partner in leading law firms (2009-2016). It is an honor having him.

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Toby Landau, Panelist - Mr. Toby Landau brings a wealth of expertise as a distinguished barrister, advocate, and arbitrator, renowned for his extensive legal practice across multiple jurisdictions.

Mr. Landau holds memberships in the Bars of England & Wales, Singapore, New York, the BVI, Northern Ireland, and is registered in the DIFC.

He has argued numerous landmark cases in major international commercial, investor-State, and inter-state arbitrations.

Mr. Landau is the first QC/KC to be permanently called to the Singapore Bar and has served as a member of the Panel of Advisors to the Attorney-General of Singapore since April 2012. As an accomplished arbitrator, he has presided as Chairman, Co-Arbitrator, and Sole Arbitrator in disputes under various ad hoc and institutional rules.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Landau holds academic appointments as a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and serves as Vice President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration. He is a Fellow of the CIArb and Chartered Arbitrator, contributing significantly to the development of arbitration law globally. His legislative contributions include drafting the English Arbitration Act 1996 and the Pakistan Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Ordinance, 2006.

We look forward to Mr. Landau sharing his invaluable insights with us during our panel discussion.

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Ibrahim Ati, Organiser and Introductory Remarks Ibrahim Ati is dual-educated legal professional with training in both civil and common law systems, having passed the New York Bar and graduated with an LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Southern California. Part of Young California Arbitration' steering committee, he is also one of the youngest members on the NY City Bar Association's Arbitration and Professional Discipline Committee. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair in the American Bar Association, Ibrahim Ati aspires to be among the new generation of leading international arbitrators, aiming to infuse the field with fresh perspectives and innovative approaches.

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