International Arbitration

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Professor Georges Affaki is a Chartered Arbitrator, a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and a member of the Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators of ICSID.

Empaneled as arbitrator with the leading international arbitral institutions on five continents:

– Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC).
– Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC).
– Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).
– Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR-AAA).
– Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).
– Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
– Dubai International ArbitrationCentre (DIAC).
– DIFC-LCIA.
– Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).
– International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).
– International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
– International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Panel of Arbitrators and Panel of Conciliators.
– Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) .
– Jerusalem Arbitration Centre (JAC).
– Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB).
– London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
– Pacific International Arbitration Center (PIAC).
– Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
– P.R.I.M.E. Finance.
– Russian Arbitration Association (RAA).
– Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA).
– Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).
– Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (TRAC).
– Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC).
– Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC).
– World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Professor Georges Affaki is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). He was listed by Chambers amongst the Most in Demand Arbitrators in France and by Euromoney in the Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Lawyers Chosen by their Peers.

Recent ADR appointments include:

Construction

  • Mediator in the World’s largest metro project (applicable law: Saudi, seat: Riyadh).
  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in an ICC case in relation to consolidated arbitrations arising under a multi-contract dispute in the construction sector (applicable law: UAE, seat: Abu Dhabi).
  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in an ICC case in relation to an iconic infrastructure project dispute in the tourism sector (applicable law: UAE, seat: Dubai).
  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in a DIAC case in relation to a dispute relating to a series of property development and construction agreements (Arabic-English bilingual proceedings – applicable law: UAE, seat: Dubai).
  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in a DIAC case in relation to a series of construction disputes arising in relation to a landmark infrastructure project in Dubai (applicable law: UAE, seat: Dubai).
  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in ad hoc arbitral proceedings in relation to the construction of a dam in France (applicable law: France, seat: Paris).
  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in a LAMC case in relation to a construction dispute over works in Iraq (applicable law: Lebanese, seat: Beirut).
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc international arbitration case in relation to a dispute between a contractor and an international relief agency operating in the Middle-East (applicable law: general principles of international law, seat: London).
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC case in relation to a dispute arising out of a series of contracts for the design, construction, expansion and development of terminals in an international airport (applicable law: Saudi, seat: Dubai).
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC case in relation to a dispute arising from the construction of a ship docking terminal and grain warehouse construction and operation project (applicable law: Iran, seat: Paris).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in PCA-administered Case Nº AA695 under the UNCITRAL rules in relation to a dispute in the construction sector (applicable law: Moldova, seat: The Hague).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in an ICC case concerning a dispute under a settlement agreement under a large construction project (applicable law: English, seat: London).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in an ICC case concerning a dispute under a complex FIDIC-type industrial dismantling, transfer and construction series of agreements (applicable law: French, seat: Paris).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in an ICC case concerning a shipbuilding contract in the oil and gas sector (applicable law: Libyan, seat: to be determined).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in an ad hoc case concerning a dispute under a joint venture agreement in relation to a real estate investment (applicable law: French, seat: Paris).

 Investment

  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in ICSID Case No. ARB/16/16, Global Telecom Holding S.A.E. v. Canada.
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in UNCITRAL arbitral proceedings under the Organisation of the Islamic Conference Investment Guarantee Agreement and a bilateral investment treaty (applicable law: international law, seat: The Hague).
  • Instructed as counsel or expert in multiple investment arbitrations conducted under UNCITRAL and ICC Rules.

 Banking and Finance

  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in HKIAC consolidated cases in relation to a series of multiparty, multi-contract disputes arising under a private equity investment in the energy sector in PRC (applicable law: Hong Kong, seat: Hong Kong).
  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in an ICC case in relation to a series of multiparty, multi-contract disputes arising under a private equity investment in the education sector in Morocco (applicable law: French, seat: Paris).
  • Arbitrator nominated by a State-owned entity in an ICC case concerning a dispute under financing agreements in the context of a bank resolution scheme pursuant to the EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) (applicable law: France, seat: Paris).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in a DIAC case concerning a shareholders’ dispute in relation to the acquisition of a financial institution (applicable law: Saudi, seat: Dubai).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in a DIAC case concerning a shareholders’ dispute in relation to a private equity investment in the education sector in Saudi Arabia (applicable law: English, seat: Dubai).
  • Sole arbitrator in a BCDR-AAA case in relation to a dispute relating to the building and operation of an electronic securities trading system (applicable law: Bahrain, seat: Manama).
  • Sole arbitrator in an ad hoc case in relation to a dispute under a banking service agreement (applicable law: French law and international standard banking practice, seat: Paris).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in an ADCCAC case concerning a dispute under an Islamic banking service agreement (applicable law: UAE, seat: Abu Dhabi).
  • Instructed as counsel or expert in multiple banking and finance-related arbitrations conducted under UNCITRAL and ICC Rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings.
  • Chair (and in one instance co-Chair) or member and rapporteur of several international working groups researching and drafting reports on commercial and investment arbitration in banking and finance.

 Energy

  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in a CRCICA case in relation to a dispute relating to an Egyptian law-governed operation license and gas distribution agreement between the State and a foreign-controlled distributor (proceedings conducted and award issued in Arabic – applicable law: Egyptian, seat: Cairo).
  • Sole arbitrator in a DIFC-LCIA case in relation to a dispute arising out of a solar power project (applicable law: Egypt, seat: Dubai).
  • Arbitrator nominated by a national oil company in an ICC case concerning a price determination dispute under a long-term gas supply contract (applicable law: Algerian, seat: Geneva).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in an ICC case concerning a dispute under a series of consulting agreements in the power sector involving allegations of corruption of a national oil company (applicable law: Swiss, seat: Geneva).
  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in HKIAC consolidated cases in relation to a series of multiparty, multi-contract disputes arising under a private equity investment in the energy sector in PRC (applicable law: Hong Kong, seat: Hong Kong).
  • Instructed as counsel or expert in multiple investment arbitrations in the energy sector conducted under UNCITRAL and ICC Rules.

 Commercial

  • Chairman of the arbitral tribunal in an ICDR AAA case in relation to a dispute relating to an Italian law-governed distribution agreement (applicable law: Italian, seat: Milan).
  • Sole arbitrator in a DIAC case in relation to a dispute arising out of military procurement agreements performed in a war zone (applicable law: Dubai, seat: Dubai).
  • Sole arbitrator in an ICC case in relation to a dispute arising out of a settlement agreement in relation to a distribution agreement involving the interpretation of a bilateral tax treaty (applicable law: Brazil, seat: Paris).
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in an HKIAC case concerning a dispute under a distribution agreement (applicable law: Hong Kong, seat: Hong Kong).

Other Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Chairman or member of ICC adjudicatory panels in international banking dispute resolution mechanism DOCDEX in cases No. 205, 207, 214, 219, 226, 236, 240, 246, 257, 261, 266, 272, 280 and 315 (applicable law: ICC rules and international standard banking practice).
• Mediator in a multiparty dispute between banks acting as counter-guarantors or guarantors and the partners of a consortium acting as applicant in relation to the payment of a chain of international bank guarantees

French Committee on Arbitration
• Chairman of a bipartisan (banker-arbitrator) international working group on arbitration in banking and financial matters. The Group presented publicly its report at a hearing at the Court of Appeal of Paris on 26 June 2014.

View Report (in French)

ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
• Co-chairman of the Task Force on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration (officially launched on 30 June 2014).

Other ICC Projects
• Chairman of the ICC Documentary Dispute Resolution by Expertise (DOCDEX) rules revision group, a joint task force between the Commission on Arbitration and the Banking Commission. Rules unanimously adopted by the ICC Arbitration Commission on 18 October 2014 in Tokyo, by the ICC Banking Commission on 6 November 2014 in Istanbul and entered into force on 1 May 2015.
http://www.iccwbo.org

Paris Europlace
• Chairman of the Working Group on Applicable Law and Dispute Resolution in Islamic Finance. The Group delivered its report in June 2009. The report was translated into English and Arabic and has been the subject of a number of articles and comments in law reviews.
View Islamic Finance Report (English)
View Islamic Finance Report (French)
View Islamic Finance Report (Arabic)

International Swap and Derivatives Association (ISDA)
• Advisor to the ISDA Financial Law Reform Committee on the ISDAfied arbitration clauses, adopted in 2013 as supplement to the ISDA Master Agreement for derivatives. Member of the ISDA Arbitration Group.