Reflections on pioneering arbitral awards at Sharm El Sheikh V in Egypt
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri delivered a much appreciated key note speech at this year’s Sharm El Sheikh conference, where he reflected on important arbitration cases encountered during a forty year career.
Prof. Dr. El-Kosheri has participated in around 100 arbitration cases over the last four decades, including Aminoil's case against Kuwait, SPP Middle East/Egypt, Taba's case against Israel and the sovereignty over the Islands and the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Eritrea and Yemen.
In his speech, Prof. Dr. El-Kosheri emphasized the integrity, non-bias and neutrality of international arbitration, using examples from his own experience spanning over four decades.
In this context, Prof. Dr. El-Kosheri also mentioned specifically the renowned Swedish Judge Gunnar Lagergren and the important role he played also in international arbitration.
Gunnar Lagergren (1912-2008) is one of Sweden’s most well-known international lawyers. He acted in many internationally well-known arbitration cases, including interstate disputes of major geopolitical significance.
Mr Lagergren handled a number of important arbitration cases, including that between India and Pakistan concerning the Rann of Kutch and the Taba boundary arbitration between Egypt and Israel. He served with distinction on a number of important tribunals, including the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal at The Hague, where he was its first President.
SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson also spoke at the conference in Egypt, which was held under the theme “The role of state courts in international arbitration”, and addressed specifically the new guidelines for managing cases concerning challenge of arbitral awards adopted by the Svea Court of Appeal earlier this year.
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri is senior partner of Kosheri, Rashed and Riad Law firm in Cairo, Egypt.
He is a former judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice, member of the UN Redesign Panel for the Reform of the internal judicial system and former vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
He is also a judge at the World Bank Administrative Tribunal and the winner of the GAR Life Achievement Award (February 2014).