Young ICCA Webinars: Hearing - Opening and Closing Statements

29 June 202214:00 - 15:30(CEST)

We are pleased to invite you to attend a Young ICCA Workshop on “Hearing - Opening and Closing Statements”, to be held on 29 June 2022 at 14:00 CEST. The objective of this webinar is to provide practical education and discussions on the importance of the oral hearing; preparation for an oral hearing, and in particular the opening statements; objectives and differences between opening and closing statements; dos and don’ts for opening and closing statements, both in terms of substance and style; how to handle questions from the Tribunal; how the Speakers have honed their advocacy skills over their careers, and tips for young practitioners. Following the panel discussion, a mock exercise will take place by two advocates and a short Q&A period will follow.


The workshop panel will include:

  • Prof. Mohamed Salah Abdel Wahab, Professor of International Arbitration, Private International Law and English Contract Law, Cairo University. Founding Partner & Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy Groups Partner, White & Case LLP
  • Ms. Funke Adekoya SAN, Arbitrator and Senior Advocate of Nigeria
  • Mr. Sherif El Saadani, Arbitrator and Partner at Amereller Legal Consultants
  • Dr. Sally El Sawah, Co-Founder of JUNCTION in Paris, Founder of El Sawah Law in Egypt
  • Ms. Natasha Behary Paray, Barrister, Senior Associate, ENSafrica | Mauritius
  • Ms. Manal Rabbaj Badre, lawyer at the Paris and Casablanca Bars and mediator


Following the end of the workshop, Young ICCA will also be hosting an optional exercise to put your skills into practice. The exercise will be to prepare a script for an opening statement based on the mock exercise, and submit this by a two week deadline. The winning participant will be granted a one-on-one mentoring session with Prof. Mohamed Salah Abdel Wahab, and those who successfully complete the practical exercise will receive a certificate.


Additional information:

  • This webinar will be recorded and made publicly available on the Young ICCA website, which in some circumstances may allow you to be identified, such as if you submit a written question and the organiser refers to you by name. It is possible that this may result in the processing of your personal data within the meaning of data protection legislation (such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation). You can avoid this processing by asking that your question be posed anonymously (for questions submitted before the webinar) or by joining the webinar using a pseudonym (for questions submitted via the Q&A or chat function). Any processing that does take place will be necessary for the legitimate interests of ICCA in replicating the workshop-style setting by allowing participants to be identified unless they do not want to be.
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Meet the Speakers


Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab (FCIArb)

Mohamed Abdel WahabProfessor of International Arbitration and Private International Law (Cairo University); Founding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Construction and Energy Groups, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm (Egypt); Dean of the Africa Arbitration Academy; ICCA Treasurer and Member of the Governing Board; Vice-Chair, ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services; Co-Chair, IBA Arab Regional Forum; Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the CRCICA; Chair of the International Expert Advisory Committee of the Permanent Forum on China Construction Law. He served as ‘Arbitrator’, ‘Legal Expert’ and ‘Counsel’ in more than 245 cases involving parties from Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. 



Funke Adekoya, SAN

Funke AdekoyaFunke Adekoya is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who practices as an independent arbitrator and litigation consultant in Lagos Nigeria. She is a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Governing Board Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. 

She is ranked in Chambers Global and in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration, is listed on the Chairman’s Panel of Arbitrators at ICSID as well as the panels of many other international arbitration institutions and is currently a member of the ICC Africa Commission. 





Sherif El Saadani 

Sherif El Saadani Sherif El Saadani is Partner at AMERELLER Legal Consultants (Cairo office). Sherif acts as counsel and arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes throughout the Middle East under the UNCITRAL, ICC, DIS, DIAC, SCCA and CRCICA. In previous roles, Sherif practiced in law firms in Cairo and London, and acted as VP/General Counsel in Dharan (KSA). He is published in Freiburg, Rome, Leipzig, and London. He read law at Cairo University (LL.B.), American University in Cairo (LL.M.), and Harvard Law School (LL.M.). He is a former visiting scholar at Heidelberg University and UNIDROIT. He is proficient in Arabic, German and English.




Dr. Sally El Sawah

Sally El SawahDr Sally El Sawah is the Founder of El Sawah Law | Egypt and the co-founder and Head of Arbitration and Litigation of Junction | Paris, an alliance of independent lawyers active throughout the EMEA region. She is Egyptian and French qualified and Registered Foreign Lawyer with the SRA in England & Wales, acting as Arbitrator, Counsel, Consultant and Legal Expert since 2002. Sally received the African Arbitration Association Award for the best Young Arbitrator/ADR Practitioner of the Year 2020 and has been recognised by Chambers and Partners in their Global Guide 2022 for Expertise Based Abroad.





Natasha Behary Paray

Natasha Behary ParayNatasha Behary Paray is a Senior Associate and Barrister at ENSafrica in Mauritius, specialising in litigation, she is admitted to the Bar of England and Wales at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, and admitted to the Bar of Mauritius

She advises clients and offers legal representation across a wide range of practice areas, including civil law, employment law, public procurement law, corporate commercial law, insolvency law, private international law and international arbitration law. She has experience appearing before different judicial fora, including statutory tribunals, in Mauritius. Natasha has a keen interest in the study and development of international arbitration law, international investment law and investment treaty arbitration and frequently attends lectures and training courses in these areas of law.



Manal Rabbaj Badre

Manal RabbajManal Rabbaj Badre is a lawyer at the Paris and Casablanca Bars and a mediator. She specializes in international business law and Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"), particularly in arbitration law. She holds a Master's degree in international business law and a Master's degree in private international law and international trade from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

She advises her clients on their large-scale transactions (public offerings, capital increases, equity investments, strategic mergers and acquisitions, etc.) and assists them in matters relating to corporate governance. She also helps her clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings.





The Team for this event:


Saemee Kim (Young ICCA Events Co-Director)

Ana Coimbra Trigo (Young ICCA Events Co-Director)

Dipna Gunnoo (Young ICCA Regional Coordinator)

Bilshan Nursimulu (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Katherine Jonckheere (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Shehabeldine Ismail (Young ICCA Regional Representative)

Matthew Morantz (Young ICCA Co-Chair)

Maria Athanasiou (Young ICCA Co-Chair)

Maanas Jain (Young ICCA Co-Chair)

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