QMUL School of International Arbitration webinar with Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Prof. Maxi Scherer, Erica Stein, Hafez Virjee (18 November 2020).



Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab is the Chair of the Private International law Department and Professor of International Arbitration at Cairo University. He is also: Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Member of the ICCA Governing Board; Vice- Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Member of the CRCICA Advisory Committee; Member of the Advisory Board, Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC); Member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb); Vice Chair, Academic Forum for Investor-State Dispute Settlement; Court Member of the CIMAC; Dean and Member of the Advisory Council of the Africa Arbitration Academy; and Member of the Governing Board of the International Council on Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR). He is listed in all major legal directories as a star practitioner and a thought leader. He is listed in AFRICA’s 100 list of leading African arbitration practitioners, 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 Received the LAW Magazine 2017 Award for the Best Legal Practitioner in Egypt, the 2018 ASA International Arbitration Advocacy Prize, the AYA Hall of Fame Award in London for the African Arbitrator of 2019, and, in February 2020, he received Lexology’s Client Choice International Award. He regularly writes and speaks on issues of international arbitration, and the leading treatise which he co-edits: ‘Online Dispute Resolution: Theory and Practice’ (2012), received the CPR Award for the Best Published Dispute Resolution Work (2013).

Prof. Maxi Scherer is Special Counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and regularly sits as arbitrator. She also holds the Chair for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Energy Law at Queen Mary, University of London, and is Queen Mary’s Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies in Paris and of the LLM in Paris programme. Prof. Scherer further serves on the Delos Board of Advisors and acts as the General Editor of the Kluwer Journal of International Arbitration. She was previously Global Professor of Law at NYU Law School, Visiting Professor at SciencesPo Law School Paris and Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Centre of Transnational Legal Studies.

Erica Stein focuses her practice on international arbitration, including both commercial and investment arbitration matters. Ms. Stein’s work focuses on disputes in the life sciences space, as well as disputes involving the interplay between arbitration and EU law, particularly in the investment treaty context. Ms. Stein also has particular expertise in issues relating to the enforcement of arbitral awards and agreements under the New York Convention. Ms. Stein has also sat as arbitrator in numerous proceedings, having acted as Chair, Sole Arbitrator or co-arbitrator in proceedings conducted under the arbitration rules of the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, CEPANI, the Danish Institute of Arbitration, and the German Institution of Arbitration. Ms. Stein is also on the list of arbitrators of several further arbitral institutions, including the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. Ms. Stein is recognized as an expert for her broad work experience in all aspects of arbitral practice. Ms. Stein has been selected to The International Who’s Who – Arbitration every year since 2012, garnering praise for her “incisive and insightful comments” and “strategic acumen,” and because “she is very good at what she does.” Ms. Stein has also been selected by clients and peers as a “Thought Leader” among practitioners. She is also recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 and 2019.

Hafez Virjee is the President and a co-Founder of Delos. Hafez also serves as an independent arbitrator at Virjee Arbitration. He previously acted mainly as counsel. His clients have spanned the range of listed companies, private equity firms, tech start-ups, industrial concerns, State entities and treaty organisations, in disputes across a wide range of sectors and relationships, including shareholder agreements, joint-ventures, agency, M&A, telecommunications, tech, energy, pharmaceutical, construction and defence. Hafez is a solicitor of England & Wales and also qualified in France. He was previously at Dechert in Paris (with a secondment to Dubai in 2015) and prior to that at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. He co-edits the Delos Guide to Arbitration Places (GAP) and regularly writes and speaks on international arbitration and legal risk management. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (M.A.), the Université Paris II – Panthéon-Assas (Maîtrise) and the University of California – Berkeley (LL.M.). He is listed among the Future Leaders of Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.

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