Chair of Private International Law & Professor of International Arbitration (Cairo University)
Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration and Projects, Zulficar & Partners (Egypt)
Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration,
Member of the Court of Arbitration, LCIA
President, LCIA Arab Users’ Council – LCIA
Background, Education, and Professional Experience
Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab (MCIArb), Licence en Droit (CAI), LL.M (CAI), MPhil (MAN), Ph.D (MAN), CIArb Dip. International Commercial Arbitration (Baliol College, Oxford University – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators), European Law Course (King’s College, London University) has broad and extensive experience of commercial and investment arbitration and expert determination proceedings across the economic and business spectra, including: oil & gas, energy, telecommunications, construction, real estate, project finance, information technology, pharmaceuticals, hospitality and hotel management, sale of goods, banking, insurance and transport sectors.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab holds a number of academic visiting posts in Egypt, the EU, and the USA, where he teaches Comparative Commercial and Investment Arbitration, English Contract law, Comparative Law, Online Dispute Resolution, Telecommunications law, and Conflict of Laws. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is an Adjunct Professor of Arbitration at the American University Construction Law and Arbitration Course (CLAC 045), a Fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, and Associate Member of the Centre for Private International Law at Aberdeen University, UK.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is also a newly appointed Vice-President of the IBA Arbitration Committee, Member of IBA Investment Arbitration Committee, Member of the ICDR/AAA International Advisory Committee, Member of the SIAC’s African User’s Council, Member of the CRCICA’s Advisory Committee, Vice President of CIArb’s Egypt Branch, Chair of the CIArb’s Technology Committee, Member of the CIArb’s Practice and Standards Committee, Member of the ICCA and the ICCA-QMUL Third Party Funding Task Force and the IAI.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”) Accredited Mediator, and a Mediation Consultant and Mediator at the World Bank Group (WBG). He has also acted as counsel and as mediator in numerous mediations relating to construction, banking, workplace, commercial, and public interest and project development. He has also delivered lectures and trainings on diverse aspects of dispute resolution in Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Tunisia, and the UAE. Recently, he delivered a keynote address on “The Role of Lawyers in Mediation” at the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) on 30 March 2014.
Achievements, International Recognition, Testimonials, Publications and Expertise:
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is recognized as a world leading expert on international arbitration, Egyptian and Arab Laws, Islamic Shari’a, and online dispute resolution. He holds over fifty-five prizes for academic achievement, and is regularly published in learned international journals on issues of private international law, international commercial and investment arbitration, and project finance. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab regularly speaks at national and international conferences on International Commercial & Investment Arbitration, Telecommunications Law(s), Construction Law and Practice, Oil & Gas, Project Finance, Online Dispute Resolution, and Private International Law.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab published and taught the first ever law book on interconnection agreements in Egypt under the Egyptian Telecommunications Law. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab regularly prosecutes international arbitral proceedings and accepts arbitral appointments as a sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, and chairman in ad hoc and institutional proceedings.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab’s expertise in cross border multi- jurisdictional and highly complex transactions and disputes is broad and he has acted and served in proceedings governed by Bahraini, Egyptian, English, French, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, New York, Omani, Pakistani, Qatari, Saudi, Spanish, Swiss, Syrian, Italian and United Arab Emirates law(s), as well as the general principles of law.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab features in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration as a star arbitration practitioner and has also been selected to feature in the GAR Global Guide for Future Leaders in International Arbitration (2017). The Chambers & Partners Global (2017) ranks Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab as the only STAR individual in Egypt and states: “The ‘top-notch’ Mohamed Abdel Wahab retains his position as a distinguished leader in the market after receiving a wealth of praise from peers and clients alike. One market commentator said: ‘He is the best practitioner for arbitration issues.’ Another added: ‘He is extraordinary – a bundle of energy, and academically extremely strong’.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is regularly recognized and ranked as a world leading dispute resolution practitioner in all leading legal directories.