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Students with global ambitions for investment treaty arbitration

Kareem Sallam and Gina Shuanghui Wu are two of the students admitted to this year’s Master Programme in Investment Treaty Arbitration in Uppsala, Sweden. Here they talk about how it is to study the programme and about their interest in arbitration.

The Master Programme in Investment Treaty Arbitration is a one-year full-time programme, attracting students from all over the world. This year's class consists of 18 students from 13 different countries. One of the students, Kareem Sallam, works as a judge in Egypt, Alexandria. He has worked there for 2 years, and has now paused his employment to study the programme. He thinks arbitration is a nice way to settle disputes. “Everything is agreed up on when it is still good between the parties…. It is a friendlier way to settle a conflict, and they do not fight like they do in courts”.

Another student is Gina Shuanghui Wu from China. After she finished her master in Civil and commercial Law, Gina worked as a government official in the taxation and revenue bureau in China, and later as a general manager of outbound investment and capital market finance projects. She became interested in international investment arbitration when she saw the concerns that investment owners and shareholders faced when considering investing outside their own country. She means that businessmen in China pay more attention to legal risk control when engaged in cross-border investments. 

The program and the future

When asked why she wanted to study the programme, Gina says: “One year is a perfect duration for you to study a very specific area like investment arbitration. It’s better than studying arbitration only”. She also highlights how the cases they work with at the University are adapted to reality, which motivates her research. “I think the programme is even better than I expected”.

Kareem applied to the program because of his interest in investment arbitration. He has noticed an increase of arbitration disputes in Egypt lately, and that Egypt commonly loses the cases to other countries and investors. He would like to learn more about the field so he can help investors in his country. In the future, Gina would like to work in Europe with investment projects between European countries and China, and learn more about European investments. This would benefit her when she goes back to China, where she wants to help investors in her home country to do business and investments abroad.

Both of them agree that the studies take up most of their time, but Gina tries to work out a couple of times per week, and Kareem likes to travel during his free time. Gina enjoys the Uppsala student life in Uppsala, which she thinks is very well organized, with the student nations having their own gym and clubs, etc. Kareem enjoys the international atmosphere with students from everywhere in the world, and adds; “The people are really friendly and welcoming”.

Read more about the program here