Georges Affaki is a Chartered Arbitrator, a qualified Avocat before the Court of Appeal of Paris, and a Professor of Law at the University of Paris. He is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration by appointment of the World Council of the ICC upon the proposal of the President of the Court.
His legal practice covers international dispute resolution and international finance, spanning 25 years of corporate and private practice both as avocat and as managing director heading the international legal department of a leading financial institution. He has a particular expertise in crisis management in global corporations, and the strategy-setting and coordination of cross-border litigation and internal investigations.
Professor Georges Affaki, FCIArb, has served as chairman, panel and sole arbitrator under the rules of the leading arbitral institutions in a broad variety of commercial and investment disputes. He has also appeared as counsel and expert witness in arbitral and court proceedings in relation to investment treaty claims, international banking, financial market regulation, trade finance and comparative Arab laws. He was ranked by Euromoney in the 2016-2018 Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by their Peers (in Commercial Arbitration).
He is fluent in Arabic, English and French with the ability to conduct proceedings and draft awards in each of those three languages.
Chairman of the Banking Commission of ICC France, Professor Georges Affaki holds a number of leading positions in international organisations, regularly chairing rule and standard-setting international groups the report of which are acknowledged as industry standards. He regularly consults with multilateral development organisations and non-governmental organisations on law reforms in transition economies.
He is the author of leading textbooks and articles on international arbitration and litigation, economic sanctions, international banking and finance, Islamic finance and cross-border insolvency.
He holds trustee positions in a number of non-profit organisations and is actively engaged in charitable and community projects.