Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab
Founding Partner & Head of International Arbitration, Construction, and Energy Groups
Professor of International Arbitration, Private International Law and English Contract Law at Cairo University; Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy Groups at Zulficar & Partners Law Firm (Egypt); ICCA Treasurer & Member of the Governing Board; Dean of the Africa Arbitration Academy; Chair of the International Expert Committee of the Permanent Forum for China Construction Law; Vice Chair of the ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services; Co- Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the CRCICA; Member of the CIMAC Court of Arbitration; Member of the Advisory Board of the MIAC; Member of the LACIAC Court of Arbitration; Member of the Board of Trustees of the CIArb; Member of the ITA Academic Council; Member of the Advisory Board, Indonesian Arbitration Centre; Member of the Court, PCA; Member of ICODR’s Governing Board; Member of the International Academy for Construction Lawyers; Former Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (2015 – 2021); and Former Court Member of the LCIA (2014-2019).
Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab is also former Vice Chair, Academic Forum for Investor-State Dispute Settlement (2018 -2020); former President of LCIA’s Arab Users’ Council (2016-2018); former Vice President of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2015-2018); former President of the Egypt Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (2018); former Member of the CIArb’s Board of Management (2018); former Chair of the CIArb’s Technology Sub- Committee (2012–2014); former Member of the CIArb’s Practice and Standards Committee (2012–2018); former Committee Member of the IBA Investment Arbitration Sub-Committee (2016–2017). He is Member of the Advisory Council of Africa Arbitration Blog and Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”).
Prof. Dr. Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab served as ‘Sole Arbitrator’, ‘Presiding Arbitrator’, ‘Party Appointed Arbitrator’, ‘Legal Expert’ or ‘Counsel’ in more than 245 cases involving parties from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States. He featured in cases under the auspices of the AAA, BCDR, ADCCAC, CRCICA, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, ICSID, KIAC, LCIA, LMAA, RCICAL (Nigeria), SCC, SIAC, TIAC (Uzbekistan) as well as in ad hoc UNCITRAL proceedings. He is recognized as a world-leading arbitrator and arbitration practitioner on international investment and international commercial arbitration, Arab and African laws, Islamic Shari’a, and online dispute resolution (ODR).
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is recognized as a world-renowned authority on ODR and a visionary on the role of technology in law and dispute resolution, where he regularly publishes and speaks at national and international conferences on Online Dispute Resolution, E-Commerce and IT laws since 2001. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab also organized the Fourth International Forum on ODR in Egypt in 2006. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution (‘IJODR’). He is co-editor (with Ethan Katsh and Daniel Rainey) of the leading treatise on ODR “Online Dispute Resolution Theory & Practice” (2012) which received the CPR Award for best dispute resolution work in January 2013. The second edition of this leading treatise was published in June 2021. He is also the co-editor (with Maxi Scherer and Niuscha Bassiri) of the first treatise dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on international arbitration and entitled ‘International Arbitration and the COVID-19 Revolution’ (2020). He is also the author of the Abdel Wahab Pandemic Pathway to Virtual Hearings that was translated into Arabic, Spanish and Chinese. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab was nominated in (2020) for the GAR COVID-19 Pandemic Response Award.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is a Fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, Associate Member of the Centers for Private International Law and Commercial Law at Aberdeen University, UK.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab taught legal and international arbitration related courses in Egypt, the EU, and the USA. Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab was an Adjunct Professor of Arbitration at the American University Construction Law and Arbitration Course (CLAC 045), is a Fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, and is an Associate Member of the Centre for Private International Law at Aberdeen University, UK.
Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab is also listed in all major legal directories as a star practitioner and features in ‘Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration’, ‘Who’s Who Legal: Construction’, and Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: Arbitration and Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: Construction. He also features in AFRICA’s 100 list of leading African arbitration practitioners by I-ARB (Africa) and was selected by Africa Arbitration as the African Personality of June 2018 and by LACIAC (Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre) as the Arbitration Personality in May 2019. He was voted the Leading Egyptian Legal Practitioner of 2017 by the LAW Magazine; received the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize; received the 2019 AYA Hall of Fame Award in London for the African Arbitrator of 2019; received the 2020 and 2021 Client Choice International Award, and was honoured by the Jordanian Minister of Justice, the Jordanian Arbitrators’ Association and the Jordanian Construction Contractors Syndicate in August 2019; and received the Lexology’s Client Choice International Award in February 2020 and in 2021.
Most recently in 2021, he was listed in the top 64 world leading practitioners in Who’s Who Global Elite Thought Leaders: International Arbitration; and selected among the 500 honorees of the 2021 Lawdragon Global Litigation 500 Lawyers Guide, the Legal500 Africa Powerlist and the AYA’s Africa’s Top 30 Powerlist. In 2021, he was shortlisted among the top five arbitrators for the GAR award for the best prepared and responsive arbitrator.
Chambers & Partners Global (2022) says: “Mohamed Abdel Wahab is one of the best-known arbitration lawyers […] His practice combines expert witness and arbitrator appointments with regular roles as counsel on significant and high-profile cases, and he receives especially high praise for his expertise in oil and gas and construction disputes.” “He is the perfect mix of legal expertise and strategic intuition, backed up by years of hard-earned experience and advocacy. He is very responsive […] We feel comforted when a dispute is in his capable hands.” “Mohamed Abdel Wahab is very highly respected for his international commercial and investment treaty practice. As an arbitrator, he frequently presides over disputes concerning construction, energy and infrastructure issues”. “Mohamed is a very well-known arbitrator who is very much involved in African work. He’s a very impressive guy.” Who’s Who Legal: Construction (2022) says: “Peers and clients say: “Mohamed is an all time great of construction arbitration” “Mohamed is a very smooth operator who makes arbitration process work very well”. Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2022) says: “His intellectual rigour and well-rounded experience make him a natural choice as an arbitrator”, “He is academically brilliant”, “One of the best minds on arbitration issues” and “Extremely impressive”. Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2021) says: “Mohamed is knowledgeable and qualified with extensive experience in the field”, “He is at the top of the market”, “Outstanding engagement and pleasant to work with”, “He is a top-tier thought leader and in a league of his own” and “a very well-prepared and exceptional arbitrator”. Chambers & Partners Global (2021) says, “Peers regard Mohamed Abdel Wahab as “an absolute star in arbitration”. The Legal 500 (2021) says: ‘Mohamed Abdel Wahab is a brilliant practitioner who is at the top of the international arbitration field globally. His understanding of and experience in international arbitration are matched by few’; ‘Very knowledgeable, responsive, brilliant and accurate. Mohamed Abdel Wahab is a very strong litigator and legal strategist’; ‘one of the best litigators and arbitration experts I have met. He is extremely efficient, reliable and is able to go the extra mile, while being innovative and brilliant’; and ‘Importantly, he is one of the most hardworking individuals in the field. His working ethos and common sense approach to complex legal problems are outstanding’. The Legal 500 (2019) states Mohamed Abdel Wahab is ‘one of the best in the world’.