I am a partner in our Dispute Resolution Group in Paris, head of our arbitration department in France and member of our DR practice in the UAE, where I offer our clients my longstanding and cross-border expertise in managing international disputes and arbitrations.

My practice covers international business law, notably in Europe, Africa and the MENA region, focusing on international disputes and foreign investments. Having acted as a counsel, arbitrator and expert in approximately 100 cases, I have in-depth experience in managing complex disputes involving shareholders' rights, suits against States, class actions, breach of negotiations and bank guarantees. My sector experience includes work for our high-profile clients in commodities trade, telecoms, ports, airports, construction, life sciences, sports and more.

In addition to being a regular speaker at international arbitration conferences, I am also the author of numerous articles in the professional legal journals and the co-author of 'Arbitration with the Arab Countries' (published by Kluwer in 2011), and am managing editor of the International Journal of Arab Arbitration (available on Kluweronline.com). In 2020, I will publish a book on Arbitration Law in France, written jointly with Professor Daniel Mainguy and published by LexisNexis.

Today, I am a former UNCITRAL representative and a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC. I also chair the European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and am the senior vice-chair of the IBA Arab Regional Forum. I am a lecturer in arbitration law at Versailles University and Sciences Po Paris (IEP).

I am qualified to practice in Beirut, Paris and New York, and am equally fluent in Arabic, English and French.

  • University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, PhD, International Law and Legal Studies
  • Columbia Law School, LLM, International Law and Legal Studies
  • Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris, Master, Economics and Finance
  • University Panthéon Assas (Paris II), Maîtrise en droit des affaires, International Business, Trade, and Tax Law
  • St. Joseph & La Sagesse Universities, Lebanese LLB, Lebanese Law
  • Institut Supérieur de Gestion, MBA equivalent, Business Administration and Management, General
  • New York Bar (2012)
  • Paris Bar (2001)
  • Beirut Bar (1997)

Explaining international arbitration

15 September 2019

Head of French Arbitration, Jalal El Ahdab, has created a video explaining the basics of international arbitration in simplified terms, or "to my grandma".

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